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Robert Masato and Koko Hirashima

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The lives of Robert Masato and Koko Hirashima, long time residents of Torrance, will be celebrated at GreenHills Memorial Chapel on October 3rd at 11:00. Bob was born in Woodland, CA in 1932 and Koko was born in Akita, Japan in 1936. Bob joined the United States Air Force and while stationed in Tokyo, he met Koko. Bob proudly defended democracy in the Korean War and continued to serve for 22 years until his retirement in 1972. They settled in Torrance in 1977. Robert started his second career in imports and exports, and enjoyed golfing and traveling. Koko enjoyed Jazzercise, Tomo no Kai Club, and Gospel House Bible Study. Bob passed away on July 28th (83) and was joined by Koko on September 2nd (79). They are survived by daughter Patricia Sayumi Tachibana (George), son Leonard Daisuke (Angel), daughter Joy Masayo Dalbey (Mitch), daughter Amy Rika Blome (Dave), eleven grandchildren, and 3½ great-grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2015
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