Yoshio George Nakamura
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Jan. 8, 1918 - Feb. 25, 2014
Yoshio George Nakamura died peacefully at St John's Retirement Village Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at the age of 96. Born Jan. 8,1918 in Woodland to father, Rokutaro Nakamura and mother Tsuna Nakamura, Yoshio was raised, attended grammar school, and graduated from Woodland High School. As a youth, Yoshio participated in starting the Cub Scouts in Woodland and as a Boy Scout he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed a variety of sports.
After high school, Yoshio attended Sacramento City College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army even though his parents and siblings were interned in Amache, Colo. Prior to his deployment to the European Theater, Yoshio married his longtime sweetheart, Yoshiko Nishimura of Courtland, on Jan.17, 1943 in Rockford, Ill. Yoshio served in the highly decorated, U.S. Army's 442 Regimental Combat Team of WWII. During the war, he was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart. He was proud to have served in E Company directly with then 2nd Lt. Daniel Inouye, who later became a U.S. Senator from Hawaii.
After the war, Yoshio and Yoshiko owned and operated the Zephyr Market grocery store on Main Street in Woodland for 19 years. He then continued a produce career in the grocery business with Stop-N-Shop and Raley's, retiring in 1980.
Yoshio is remembered for his friendly easy-going nature, his keen sense of humor and his devotion to friends and family. He will be deeply missed.
Yoshio was preceded in death by his father Rokutaro; mother Tsuna; and loving wife Yoshiko Nakamura; brothers Rikizo, Shigeo, and Toshio Nakamura; sister Haruko Hisatomi; in-laws Hatsuye Nakamura, George Hisatomi, John and Mary Nishimura, and Jim and Lillian Hamada. Sister-in-law Bette Nakamura of Selma along with many nieces and nephews survives him.
The family extends its sincerest thanks to the staff at St. John's Retirement Village for their sensitive and professional care during the final days of Yoshio's life. A private burial service was held on Saturday, March 22, at the Woodland Cemetery. McNary's Funeral Chapel provided assistance. Remembrances on Yoshio's behalf can be made to St. John's Retirement Village, 135 Woodland Ave., Woodland, 95695; the Wounded Warrior Project, or a charity of the donors' choice.
458 College Street Woodland, CA 95695
Published in Daily Democrat from Mar. 25 to Apr. 14, 2014