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Obituaries for July 8

Arnold “Arnie” Takao Asato, 57, of Hilo died June 6. Born in Hilo, he worked for 26 years with the Hawaii County Hilo Municipal Golf Course Golf Course as an operations assistant and was a member of the Hustlers Golf Club, the Wreckers Golf Club, Palaka Golf Club, 3+9 Golf Club, Hawaii Island Golf Association/Hilo Muni Golf Club Handicapping Committee and the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, and was a youth baseball coach. Celebration of life will be Tuesday, July 15, at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale. Visitation at 3 p.m., services at 5 p.m. Colorful attire requested. Survived by wife, Wendy Asato; mother, Mieko Asato; sisters Lori (Ted) Hamada and Joanne (Lance) Yoshiyama; one stepdaughter; one granddaughter; three nephews, one niece, one grandnephew.

Daniel Delbert Beer, 71, of Meadow Valley, Calif., and Pahoa died July 1 in California. Born in San Francisco, he was a retired hydroelectric mechanic for Pacific Gas &Electric and previously worked in electronics for Intel, former president of Friends of Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, member of Opihikao Congregational Church and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Private services. Burial in Meadow Valley District Cemetery. Memorial donations to Friends of Panaewa Zoo, Box 738, Keaau, HI 96749 or Online condolences and memorial guest register at Survived by wife, Arline Beer of Meadow Valley and Pahoa; daughters; Kathleen Wickman of Sacramento, Calif., and Juliet Beer of Reno, Nev.; sister, Donna Thomas of Henderson; one granddaughter. Arrangements by Ferhman Mortuary and Crematory.

James “Kimo” Wailehua Kahele, 55, of Kailua-Kona died July 1. Born in Honolulu, he was a special projects maintenance employee at Outrigger Royal Sea-Cliff Resort and coffee farm manager. Services 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Kona Lutheran Church, 77-165 Lako St., Kailua-Kona. Casual attire. For info, call 854-7411. Survived by wife, Emily Kahele of Kona; mother; Lois Leilani Kahele; daughter, Kalehua (Kaipo) Simeona of Mountain View; son, Joshua Kahele of Kona; brothers; Sam (Momi) Gray, Cliff Ayau and Mitchell (Lei) Ayau; sisters; Steph (Daryl) Osato, Almalene (Rick) Parke and Kim (Donald) Kleinschmidt; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

James Y.C. “Jimmy” Lee, 86, of Hilo died June 23 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Kawaihae, he was a hunter, taxidermist, owner of the former Jimmy’s Archery and Taxidermy, member of Hawaii Island Archery Club and the Kaumana Alenaio Kumiai, and U.S. Army Korean war veteran. Visitation 4-5 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 5 p.m. Graveside committal service 9 a.m. Monday, July 14, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Ruth B.K. Lee of Hilo; sons, Brian Lee and Owen Lee of Honolulu; daughters, Stacy (Hiram) Pajo and Verna (Bernard) Bays of Honolulu, and Ruby (Donn) Hakoda of Hilo; brothers, Paul Lee of Honolulu, Edward Lee of Alaska and George Lee of Hilo; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Yuichi “Harold” Tanaka of Lihue, Kauai, died June 24 at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Born in Waimea, he was a self-employed master plumber. Services held. Survived by son, Harold (Ruth) Tanaka of Lihue; two daughters, Betty (Jerry) Kosora and Mary Ann (Shigeo) Tsuburaya of Hilo; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Kauai Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home.


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