Bill passed away on the evening of April 13th at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital as the result of a heart attack. He was 97 years old. A lifelong resident of Sonoma Co., Bill was raised in Penngrove, CA by immigrant Japanese parents. He graduated from Petaluma High School (1936) where he played football and other sports. He also trained for and received a pilot's license from the Dallas Aviation School, TX in 1937. Bill met his late wife, Grace, and married in 1939. They had just settled on a farm to raise a family when World War II broke out and they were forced to relocate to an internment center, Granada (Amache), CO. After the war ended, Bill served in the U.S. Army where he was stationed at Fort Snelling, MN among other bases. He and Grace also worked in Salt Lake City, UT for a short time before returning to California. Once there, they bought a ranch in Sebastopol where he raised poultry and later worked for Tru-Guide Mfg. until his retirement in 1981. Bill volunteered for 25 years with the Hessel Fire Department and served for a time as its assistant chief. He was extremely handy and constructed most of the buildings that stood on the property. He was a lifelong Giants fan, and one of his greatest pleasures in later life was being able to see them win--not just one, but two, World Series titles! Bill is survived by a son, Glenn (Sebastopol); daughter Kathleen and her husband, Paul Rohrdanz, of Oakland, CA; grandchild Julianne Rohrdanz; and sister Mona Hirooka (Penngrove). He will be interred next to his wife at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. At the request of the deceased, no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District, 4500 Hessel Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Santa Rosa Mortuary Egge & Lance Chapel, 545-3747.
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