Takeshi Kameoka died at the age of 97 on September 9 while working at his farm. He is survived by his widow, Yukino; children, Mary Peebles (Patrick) of Roeland Park KS, George Kameoka (Kathleen) of Petaluma, Kathleen Terusaki (Steven) of Albany CA, Jennie Kameoka-Yu (George) of Petaluma, Carolyn Kameoka of Petaluma, and the late Martha Kameoka; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and one step great-grandson. Born March 16, 1915 in Watsonville, he lived in Japan from 1920-28 and returned alone in 1928. He worked on a farm with relatives in Salinas, and eventually graduated from Santa Rosa High School. He married Yukino Takaoka in 1940. They lived at Pt. Reyes and were incarcerated at Amache Relocation Camp in Granada, Colorado. They returned to California in 1945, when they bought a farm in Petaluma. He was an active member of the JACL and the Enmanji Buddhist Temple. He received many awards for service, most recently a lifetime service award from Enmanji. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Enmanji Buddhist Temple, 1200 Hwy. 116 S., Sebastopol, CA. Contributions may be made to the Enmanji Buddhist Temple Building Fund or the Sonoma County JACL Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory.
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Published in the Press Democrat from September 16 to September 22, 2012