Shinichi Kaneshiro, 85, of Hilo died April 11 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hakalau, he was a retired papaya inspector with the state Department of Agriculture, macadamia nut farmer and 50-year volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service. He was also a member of Hui Okinawa, Hawaii Government Employees Association, Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, and past member of Young Farmers Association and Hilo Macadamia Nut Association. Visitation will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel in Hilo; memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Casual attire. Survived by sons, David (Lisa Ann) Kaneshiro of Hilo and Robert (Kellie) Kaneshiro of Hilo; brothers, Sozun Kaneshiro of Kaneohe and Albert (Katherine) Kaneshiro of Las Vegas; sisters, Tomiko Yoza of Ewa Beach, Kazue (Kingo) Yamada of Mililani, and Sueko (Lawrence) Takenaka of Mililani; brother-in-law, Takamori Miyagi of Honolulu; three grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Louis DeRego “Papa Louie” Cypriano, 97, of Ahualoa died April 13 at his residence. Born in Kukuihaele, he was a retired supervisor for the Honokaa Sugar Plantation Company and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Friends may call Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic in Honokaa, for an 8 a.m.-10 a.m. visitation; memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Urn burial at Honokaa Catholic Church Cemetery. Survived by sons, Wendell (Linda) Cypriano of Hilo, Stanley (Beverly) Cypriano of Honokaa and Dwayne (Tammie) Cypriano of Ahualoa; daughter, Edna (Anthony) Gomes of Kalopa; brother, Eugene (Betty) Cypriano of Honokaa; sisters, Katherine (Albert) Braga of Keaau and Roseline (David) DeRego of Honokaa; brother in-law, Agustine (Hazel) DeRego of Red Bluff, Calif.; sister in-law, Alice Cypriano of Honokaa; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Howard Warren Butler, 75, of Hilo died April 4 at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in St. Louis, he was a retired U.S. Army medic. He was also a member of the Haili Congregational Church and the American Association of Retired Persons. Friends may call 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 where a Graveside Urn Committal Service will be held for him and his wife, the late Winona Butler who died March 21, 2011. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Ernie Mooney of Kona, Howard Beates of Ohio and John (Rae) Butler of Hilo; daughters, Leilani Mooney of Oahu, Winona Beates of Florida and Wainani (William) Lee of Hilo; 16 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Anthony Paro, 73, of Hilo died April 16 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Kohala, he was a retired master gunnery sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran. He was later a maintenance engineer at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dodo Mortuary chapel for an 11:30 a.m. funeral service. Cremation to follow. Friends may also call 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 for a graveside urn committal service. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Clarice Paro of Hilo; son, Ronald (Michelle) Paro of Hilo; daughter, Lori Paro of Honolulu; brother, Melvin (Kim) Viloria of Waimea; sister, Sandra “Sandy” (Claude) Caravalho of Kohala; mother-in-law, Grace Yamamoto of Molokai; sister-in-law, Francine Yamamoto of Kihei, Maui; brothers-in-law, Eric Yamamoto of Florida, Leslie (Poniala) Yamamoto of Las Vegas and Jacob Yamamoto, Jr. of Kihei, Maui; granddaughter, Anela Paro; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Brian George Ross, 74, of Paia, Maui and formerly of Hilo died Friday at his residence. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, he worked as a factory shop services manager at Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company. He was also a veteran of the New Zealand Army. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Visitation will also be held from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Survived by wife, Lilia Zalsos Ross of Paia, Maui; sons, Chris (Rafael Maldonado) Ross of Montreal, Canada, Tony (Laura) Ross of Waimea, Michael D. Ross of Dallas, and Gregory Z. Ross of Paia, Maui; daughters, Kathleen (Barry) Aoki of Lahaina, Maui, and Sharon Zalsos of Wailuku, Maui; brother, John (Yong) Ross of Honolulu; sister, Suzanne (Brian) Gailer of New Zealand; grandchildren, Shawn Anceta of Waimea, Talexi Ancheta-Ross of Waimea, and Dustin Metzler Jr. of Olinda, Maui.; great-grandchild, Keoni Tarply-Ancheta of Waimea. Online condolences may be made at www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com.