Ralph Shino
1923 - 2020
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Ralph Noboru Shino
1923 -2020
Salt Lake City, Utah -Passed away on June 9, 2020. Born in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii to Yuhei and Owari (Kitano) Shino on Feb. 11, 1923.
Ralph had an interesting and adventurous life that included a near-death Model-T backup accident when he was in first grade. This was a terrifying event for his brother Tom. Dad was hospitalized for almost a year.
He worked hard in the sugar cane fields as a youth, but the stories he loved to tell were about the fun stuff like swimming and fishing. He and Tom were very athletic and loved doing gymnastics at the beach.
The first Caucasian non-plantation owner/overseer/teacher/official he met was a pair of missionaries from the mainland. These missionaries became his lifelong mentors and friends. He became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1939.
Ralph graduated from Lahaina Luna High School in 1942. He signed up for the Army after Pearl Harbor, but the Army had more volunteers than they needed. So, he went on a mission to Kauai instead. Because of the skills he gained from attending after-school Japanese language classes (a tradition enforced by most Japanese-Hawaiian parents) he was recruited by the Army to be an interpreter for military intelligence in post-war Japan. He, along with many other Nisei veterans, were awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor in 2012. After his army service he completed a Radio and Electronics course in 1949.
He married Lily (Yuriko) Yasuda, the love of his life in the Salt Lake Temple in 1950.
He and Tom started a TV repair business in SLC. When color televisions became the norm, they didn't have the training, equipment and capital to adapt. So Tom left to pursue other work. Dad eventually closed the business and went to work at Zions Bank in the early 70s, became an assistant manager and retired in 1988.
Family, church, fishing, music, cooking, and gardening were the cornerstones of his life. He was the founding President of the Dai-Ichi Japanese Branch in the '60s. Missionary work was his true passion. Ralph served as president of the Japan/Tokyo Mission and president of the Japan/Tokyo Missionary Training Center. He served on the stake high council and had numerous other church callings. He and mom completed a five year calling in the Church History Department.
His death was due to early respiratory COVID-19 virus manifestations, cardiac issues and age. The family is grateful for the extraordinary compassionate care he received at the William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home and hospice care provided by Canyons Hospice.
Preceded in death by wife Lily, son Matthew Shino and his three siblings. Survived by daughters Elaine Kirkham (Richard), Colleen Shino and son Mark Shino, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Ahui hou ("till we meet again" in Hawaiian)
Due to the Coronavirus there will be a private graveside service on Monday, June 15th at 10:00 am at Elysian Gardens, 1075 E 4580 S Holladay.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Jun. 13 to Jun. 14, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
I am sad to hear of his passing. I served with President Shino in 1975 in the Japan Tokyo Mission as his secretary. Loved both he & Sister Shino. They treated me like their son. I will always love & remember them.
Wayne Toshio Yoshimura
June 27, 2020
And when I think of the tenderness of Colleen and Mark
And the faith and strength of the Kirkhams
I weep for gladness
And smile through the sadness
Don Marsh
June 17, 2020
Dear Shino Family:
What joy you must feel, albeit during a tender time of separation. The excitement must be high on the other side upon his arrival, greeted by Lily and all the other family and friend. Thank you for sacrificing your time with Ralph while he served us missionaries in Tokyo in the early-mid 70's. What a generous, calm and loving soul was Pres. Ralph Shino. His nobility and understanding of the Lord's Plan was clear, and deliveredd with compassion. May the good Lord comfort and cheer you all, especially you, Mark, and your family. call me for a lunch I owe you, 801-598-7568. Dave & Terese Cracroft
david cracroft
June 17, 2020
david cracroft
June 16, 2020
Hi Colleen,
I'm sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Take care, Carol Bushman Dana
Carol Bushman Dana
June 16, 2020
I worked with Ralph at Zions Bank back in the late 70's and throughout the '80's, and always admired him greatly. He was unfailingly gracious and patient with customers and co-workers alike, and a wonderful friend to all. I'm very sorry for your loss, but know that all of you as family must be very joyful that he lived such a wonderful life. May God's blessings be with all of you!
Harris Simmons
June 16, 2020
President Shino was a great leader among the members of Daiichi Branch and friends and associates. Highlights of his leadership were many but one stands out most to us is his constant admonition to study the Book of Mormon. He was kind generous and friendly Branch President, Mission President and Director of Mission Training Center in Tokyo, Japan. We miss you till we meet and unite again in the court on high. Respectfully, Yoshio Shigoka

Yoshio Shigoka
June 15, 2020
Colleen, i'm so sorry to hear for your loss. My condolences and prayers go out to you and your family during this trialing time. Best wishes, Michael Denton.
Michael Denton
June 15, 2020
Colleen, I'm very sorry for your loss. You've taken great care of your dad all these years and I hope the good memories will sustain you in this time of sorrow. With deepest condolences, Lee Min.
Lee Min Lau
June 15, 2020
Praying for peace in the family's hearts at the passing of your father and grandfather. Our best, Pam & Mike Banning
Pam Banning
June 14, 2020
Colleen, I am sad to hear of the passing of your father. I know that he was a big part of your life and your selflessness of being with him the last few years I am sure will be a treasured memory.
Pat S Wilson
June 14, 2020
I met Ralph when I moved into the Grant 2nd ward with my family in 1955. He and I became friends when he worked in the Mutual organization and I was a 16 year old. He was a great example to me and very helpful as I formed my goals and planned for my future. He was a great mentor and a strong influence for good in my life.
Wayne Margetts
June 14, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jim scherzinger
June 13, 2020
Ralph's humility and devotion made an impression on me which has lasted a lifetime. I taught the gospel doctrine class at and I developed areat admiration for him. Dai Ichi Branch while he served as its leader
Norman D. Shumway
June 13, 2020
When I worked for Restaurant and Store Equipment Co. Ralph was our contact for Zions Bank business dealings. He was always a gentleman and such a pleasure to work with. I am sorry for your loss.
Kent R Jensen
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