Joe Yonaki

06/23/1923 - 01/20/2014 Obituary
Long time resident and business owner Joe Yonaki, 90, born June 23, 1923 in Baldwin Park, CA, passed away January 20, 2014 in Delano.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents Ushi and Tsuru Yonaki, a son Doug, brothers Sada and Sadawo and sister Kana. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jeanne. Sons David and partner John, Dennis and wife Teresa, and a daughter Peggy. Grandchildren, Michelle, Nicole, Monique. Great Grandchildren, Destiny, Johnathan, Stormy, Ernesto, and Cali. A brother Tommy, and a sister Haru Masamitsu, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Joe attended Earlimart Elementary School and graduated from Delano High School in 1942. Upon graduation Joe was relocated at Jerome Relocation Center, Arkansas. Joe was a US Army Veteran serving the United States, Japan & Hawaii, from 1944 - 1947. He was a Language Interpreter, Machine Operator and Military Intelligence. He received The Good Conduct Medal, The American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and The Army of Occupation Medal. He was also a member of The American Legion.
Joe was the owner of Yonaki Bros. Service Station, along with his brothers since 1947.
His Hobbies included fishing, bowling, wood working, and gardening. He was also the Founder of the Pharoahs 1950s Car Club. Joe was the Treasurer for the Japanese American Citizens League and Japanese Community.
There will be a viewing Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 from 4-6 pm, with Service immediately following 6-8 pm at Delano Mortuary. Graveside Service will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 11 am at North Kern Cemetary.
The family would like to give Special Thanks to Mr. Earl Shadduck, Hoffman Hospice; Brenda Nakanishi, Diana Redmand, Christina, Mona, Amy, Steve Knaggs, Walter, and Pastor Jack Duitsman, friends, relatives, The Greater Delano Youth Foundation, Business Associates and Customers.
In Lieu of flowers, please donate in honor of Joe Yonaki, to the "Greater Delano Area Youth Foundation, Inc." P.O. Box 135, Delano, CA 93216.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 29, 2014
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