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George H. Kitagawa

1915 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
George H. Kitagawa Obituary
May 1, 1915 - January 20, 2016 George H. Kitagawa passed away in Auburn, California. George is survived by his children, Michael (Corinne), Colleen (Jon), Darryl (Robert), Robert (Dale) and Paul, and by his brother Tom (Mary). He was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. George was born on May 1, 1915 in Mills, CA. He was recently preceded in death by Lillian, his wife of 70 years on December 5, 2015. He was also preceded by his parents Kiusuke and Osuye Kitagawa, sisters Grace, Martha and Shizuye, brothers Fred, Sam and Ben, and his great grandson Henry. A native of the Mills/Sacramento area, George served as Staff Sgt in the Army's 120th Engineers Battalion, 45th Infantry Div. He served in the Italian, French, and German campaigns. His battalion took part in the liberation of Dachau and the Allied occupations at Nuremberg, Munich and Berchtesgaden. After the war Lillian and George were married in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1945, and resided and raised their family in Los Angeles for 47 years. He owned and operated Master Automotive in Boyle Heights and Whittier, CA., before returning to Auburn for their retirement. He co-chaired the Nisei Church Athletic League for 40 years. George was a lifelong lover of baseball and an all-round sports enthusiast, a drag race car builder & driver, a builder of everything and anything, and possessed a master's touch with all welding techniques. A soft spoken man, he was known for his quiet but persistent determination. His uncompromising strength will lead as an example for generations to follow. A celebration of both George and Lillian's lives is scheduled for April 23, 2016, 11:00 AM, at the Evergreen Baptist Church of the San Gabriel Valley, 319 Workman Mill Rd, La Puente CA 91746. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Go for Broke National Education Center is suggested.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 11 to Mar. 20, 2016
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