MITSUOKA, Norio (92), passed peacefully away, January 3, at home in Renton, WA. Originally from Seattle, Norio moved to West Los Angeles shortly after WW II to raise his family, and in 1961, moved to Westminster, CA. He worked for over 30 years at Northrop Aircraft at Hawthorne, Anaheim, El Segundo, and Palos Verdes. Following the passing of his first wife, Yoshiko, in 1989, he returned to the Seattle area and remarried. He authored and published Nisei Odyssey, the Camp Years, a collection of stories he wrote of his experience during the internment. He is survived by his second wife Laurette, two stepdaughters, their children and grandchildren, and five adult children by his first marriage and their eight grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, January 16th, at the Japanese Presbyterian Church, 1801 24th Street South, in Seattle, WA. Burial was at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests support for the Japanese-American Museum in Los Angeles, or the Japanese-American Citizenship League, in memory of Norio Mitsuoka. Contact info: The Mitsuoka Family, PO Box 4635 Irvine, CA 92616.
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Published by Los Angeles Times from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2010.
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