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August 22, 1917 - June 5, 2015 Tom Shoso Ikkanda (97) passed away on June 5, 2015 at Berkley West Convalescent Hospital in Santa Monica. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Ikkanda; sons Richard and Martin Ikkanda; daughter Donna Ikkanda-Beilock; daughters-in-law Christiana Ikkanda and Catherine Ikkanda; son-in-law John Beilock; grandchildren Nicole Ikkanda, Zachary (Lucy) Ikkanda, Travis Ikkanda, Noelle (James) Lovewell, and Joshua Beilock; great grandson Kieran Sadauski; sisters-in-law Haruko Ikkanda and Clara Hamasaki; nieces Janice Ikkanda-Trost and Christine (Merlton) Konishi; nephews Fred (Joyce) Yamagishi and James (Margaret) Hamasaki; and many great nieces and nephews. Born in Los Angeles on August 22, 1917, Tom Ikkanda grew up in the Sawtelle area of West Los Angeles. He began working as an auto mechanic after graduating from the Frank Wiggins Trade School (now L.A. Trade Technical), and eventually opened his own shop. On May 18, 1941, Tom married Dorothy Yamagishi. In April 1942, Executive Order 9066 resulted in their forced evacuation to the Manzanar Relocation Camp. They were released seven months later and joined Dorothy's family in Reno, Nevada. While in Reno, Tom worked for the Navy as an aviation mechanic, which led to a life-long interest in flying. Tom and his family returned to the Sawtelle area in 1948, where they remained for nearly 65 years, and where he established a successful auto repair business. He devoted his free time to the community, most notably as scoutmaster for WLA's Boy Scout troop 39, and to the WLA Buddhist Temple where he was president of both the Buddhist Men and the temple. He mentored a generation of young men not only through the BSA, but also through a shared love of cars and outdoor pursuits. In addition to flying, he was keenly interested in car and boat racing, camping, fishing, and gun collecting. Funeral services will be held at the WLA Buddhist Temple at 2003 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles 90025 on Sunday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. www.fukui mortuary.com (213) 626-0441
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 11 to July 19, 2015
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