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Arthur Toshio Kumamoto


1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Arthur Toshio Kumamoto Obituary
Arthur passed away peacefully at his home on March 18, 2017. He is survived by his wife Betty, his two daughters Shirley and Alane, and three grandchildren, Nathan, Mariko, and Ellen. "Art" was born in Sacramento, CA on October 14, 1922. His parents were farmers in the central valley. They moved to Los Angeles when Art was a child, where he eventually graduated from Dorsey High School. The war intervened, and his family was sent to the internment camp in Granada, Colorado, known as Amache. He was drafted into the Army in 1945 and sent to the language academy to learn Japanese and serve in Japan. As the war ended, he began working for the Army Corps of Engineers as a lieutenant, surveying and mapping in Asia. He married Betty Moriwaki in Tokyo. His first daughter was born in Tokyo, and he and the family returned to the U.S. in 1958. After returning to the states, he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Southern California. After that, he went to work for the City of Los Angeles in civil engineering and had two more daughters in the early 1960's. He worked for the City of Los Angeles as a civil engineer until he retired in the late 1980's. Though retired, Art was ever the engineer, and worked on many projects on his home, his kid's homes, and on his cars. He was generous and always willing to lend a hand. Funeral service will be held on Sat. April 1, 3:00 pm at Fukui Chapel, 707 E. Temple St. LA, CA. www.fukuimortuary.com 213-626-0441
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 26, 2017
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