George Akira Takaya
George Akira Takaya

Oxnard, CA

March 6, 1920 ? December 4, 2015

George Akira Takaya, 95, passed away peacefully on December 4th 2015 at his home in Oxnard, California under hospice care. George was born on March 6, 1920 in Dillon, Montana, the third of eight children to Junsuke and Shika Takaya.

He spent his early years in Colorado and New Mexico where his family farmed in various locations. Then they moved to Los Angeles due to his father's serious heart condition. The family settled in East L.A. where he graduated from Roosevelt High School. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 he was relocated to the internment camp at Amache, Colorado as part of the evacuation order. Soon after, he left Amache to attend Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, where he met his future wife Mitsuko Kambara.

After the war he moved back to Los Angeles to work and attend Azusa Pacific College. During that time he married Mitsuko Kambara on August 15, 1946 and eventually had three children, Steve, Tim and Lois Ann. He was sent by the Pacific Coast Japanese Free Methodist Conference to serve the Venice Santa Monica Church and was ordained a minister.

He later served as a pastor at Bethany Congregational Church in Santa Barbara while attending Westmont College where he earned his B.A. degree as well as working as a landscaper. George continued to serve many years as a minister in the Free Methodist conference, a licensed landscape contractor and nursery owner in his bi-vocational career. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Azusa Pacific University in 2010.

He enjoyed serving the Lord, his family and others with humility, kindness and generosity. He was a friend to all who knew him. He enjoyed travelling, horticulture, sports and fishing.

He was predeceased by siblings, June (Takaya) Tsutsui, Mary (Takaya) Tani and Roy Takaya. His is survived by his wife Mitsuko Takaya of 69 years, son Steve (Betty Ann) Takaya, and daughter Lois (Joe) Cummings; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; siblings Smitty (Nancy) Takaya, Mei (Shiro) Nakano, Bessie (Shig) Kawamura and Jay Takaya, and many nieces, nephews and relatives. Soon after George's passing, his son Timothy passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma on December 12, 2015.

A memorial celebration of George's life and that of his son Timothy, will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo followed by a luncheon reception. Casual attire. Private interment will take place at a later date.
Published by Ventura County Star on Jan. 24, 2016.
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Celebration of Life
Camarillo United Methodist Church
291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo, CA
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Javier Estrada thanks George for all his advice throughout his life. Condolences to his family! May he Rest In Peace!
Andrea Estrada
December 31, 2017
Mitsi, we are all so sad to hear of George's passing. What a wonderful, generous heart! You all were the best neighbors we've ever had! God bless you all!
Bogdan family
February 11, 2016
to the takaya family, thank you for sharing your dad,mom, tim and your family time with me during the Glendale years. I experienced unconditional love. my tears are not of sorrow but joyful anticipation of the reunion at the lords table, at which time this brash howcugene will be quiet and learn quietly in the Japanese way ,the life lessons you so graciously tried to teach me, domo ari gato gazimas, each of you have touched my life with unconditonal love and patience for which im grateful , raufu/ralph
ralph morrison
February 7, 2016
I will never forget the special times spent with Uncle George when he so generously took me to parades, the Lippizan horse show, Sunday school, etc He is a very special person & we will miss him greatly.
Rachel & Ken Christopher
January 26, 2016
Dear Aunty Mitsi, Steve and Lois Ann,
We are so saddened by Uncle George's passing, but very grateful to have had him in our lives. You all were so good to us when we moved to SB. Bob and I will be there on Saturday to pay our respects. Much love,
Kelly and Bob King
January 26, 2016
Dear Mrs. Takaya, My sincerest condolences on the passing of your Husband and Son. May our Lord keep you safe and help you through these difficult times. most sincerely.
Delores Lewkowicz
January 25, 2016
Deepest sympathy and condolences to Mitsi and family members. I remember Rev. George as a great encourager to me as I serve in JEMS. He was one of the original members and founders of Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society of Los Angeles. Amen!
Rev. Sam Tonomura
January 25, 2016
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