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Alvin H. Oyama 1943 - 2011 BENNINGTON, VT Alvin Hajime Oyama, 68, a resident of Greenview Drive in Bennington, died unexpectedly May 18, 2011, at the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. He was born in Lana'i City, Hawai'i, Jan. 21, 1943. He was the son of the late Hirao and Fujiko (Niibu) Oyama. He received his high school education at Lahainaluna in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i and his bachelor degrees in Chemistry, Biology and Philosophy from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minn. Alvin married the former Donna Ronngren on May 27, 1967, in Fargo, N.D. Mr. Oyama was employed by The St. Paul Companies as a computer programmer. Alvin received his black belt in Aikido and taught the Japanese Martial Arts for many years in St. Paul, Minn.; he studied Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) for 10 years in Minneapolis, Minn., and taught a class at the SW VT Career Development Center adult evening school in Bennington, Vt. He was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in St. Paul, Minnesota; and he loved gardening, traveling, reading and learning many languages. Survivors include his wife, Donna Oyama of Bennington; a son, Eric Oyama of Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter, Monica Oyama of Stoneham, Mass.; his stepmother, Kazuko Oyama of Hawai'i; a sister, Sharon Tawata of Hawai'i; and eight brothers, Schuyler, Sidney, Kris, Ricky, Nilton, Stan, Hiram and Len Oyama, all of Hawai'i. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday May 26, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. If friends desire to make contributions in memory of Alvin H. Oyama, it may be made to the Christian Science Society of Bennington, VT, through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 23, 2011
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