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Obituaries for May 1

Dennis Ronaldo DeLeon Sr., 61, of Kailua-Kona and Lahaina, Maui, died April 21 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a retired security officer for Napili Kai Resort on Maui, former bus driver for City and County of Honolulu, Roberts of Hawaii and Dollar Rent A Car, and truck driver for Maui Pineapple Company. Celebration of life 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Solid Rock Ministries Kona. Service at 10:30 a.m. Scattering of ashes 2 p.m. at Kamoa Point (Lyman’s Beach). Loose flowers welcome. Maui celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Wahikuli Beach Park in Lahaina. Service at 11 a.m. Scattering of ashes to follow. Loose flowers welcome at both services. For information on both services, call (808) 268-1789. Survived by wife, Clare DeLeon of Lahaina; daughter, Denise (Andy) Alavazo of Lahaina; sons, Dennis (Tweet) DeLeon Jr. of Honolulu, Robert (Charity) DeLeon and Justin (Summer) DeLeon of Kailua-Kona; mother, Julia Luat of Kealakekua; brothers, Stephen (Alberta) Duarte of Pukalani, Maui, John (Joanna) De Leon of Hilo, Earl De Leon of Kainaliu, Richard (Karen) De Leon of Kihei, Maui, Chris (Evelyn) De Leon of Kealakekua, Ben De Leon of Maui; sister, Sylvia Simpson of Tennessee; stepmother, Erline De Leon of Kailua-Kona; 17 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Shigeru “Shige” Fujimoto, 88, of Honokaa died April 11 at Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua. Born in Laupahoehoe, he was a retired journeyman welder for the former Hamakua Sugar Co., retired Honokaa Judo Club and Honokaa Aikido Club instructor, World War II veteran of U.S. Army, Co. B, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, Hawaii Army National Guard retiree, former chairman of the ILWU Union Local 142, past-president of the ILWU Pension Club, and member of Honokaa Hongwanji Mission Kyodan and Wednesday Night Mixed Bowling League in Kona, and former County Planning and Liquor commissioner. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 2. Casual attire; no flowers. Survived by wife, Fujie “Jean” Fujimoto of Honokaa; sons, Scott (Dorothy) Fujimoto and Wesley (Audrey) Fujimoto of Honokaa, Stanley Fujimoto of Colorado; brother, Akira Fujimoto of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Tamae (Robert) Iwamoto of Honokaa and Harumi (Joseph) De Mello of Makakilo, Oahu; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Albert Lauro, 74, of Waipahu, Oahu, died April 13 at home. Born in Paauilo, he was a retired carpenter and Hawaii Army National Guard veteran. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Pahoa Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; lei welcome. Scattering of ashes to follow. Survived by daughters, Roxanne (Derrick) Kamelamela of Pahoa, Angela (Douglas) Kealoha and Alberta Lauro of Las Vegas; son, Albert (Jody) Lauro, Jr. of Kaloli; brothers, David (Jean) Lauro of Kaloli, Joseph (Julie) Lauro of Pepeekeo and Daniel (Nina) Lauro of Kaneohe, Oahu; sisters, Lorraine Yadao of Kohala, Violet Bueno of Honokaa, Linda (Arnold) Tengan and Sally (Robert) Visaya of Hilo; hanai sister, Sophie Aiona of Pahoa; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Teodorico D. “Chief” “Ekong” Mendoza, 88, of Pepeekeo, died April 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired crane operator for the Hilo Coast Processing Co., worked for Hakalau Sugar Plantation and was a member of the Pepeekeo Senior Citizens, ILWU Pepeekeo Pension Club, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaikou. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Survived by sons, Teodorico “Tidi” (Lorraine) Mendoza Jr., Randall Mendoza and Clay Mendoza of Pepeekeo, Duane (Judith) Mendoza of Hilo, Benjamin (Brenda) Mendoza of Kona and Paul (Lei) Mendoza of Pahoa; brothers, Isabel (Petra) Mendoza, Ernesto (Francisca) Mendoza, Fedencio (Leonida) Mendoza and Rudy Mendoza of Philippines; 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Robert M. Rankin, 87, of Kapoho, died April 23. Born in California, he was a retired poodle groomer. Graveside service and burial at noon today at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery No. 2 in Hilo. Survived by his wife, Lillian Porter of Kapoho; son, Kirk Rankin of Arkansas. Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Ernest Silva was also known as “Outlaw”. That information was omitted from an obituary published Tuesday.


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