Roy Rogelio Asia, 72, of Honokaa died Jan. 7. He was a retired wrangler and tour driver for Waipi‘o Valley Shuttle, Na‘alapa Stables, Waipi‘o on Horseback and Waipi‘o Ridge Stables, ranch hand for RK Farms, hanawai worker and truck driver for the former Hamakua Sugar Co. and U.S. Navy veteran. Celebration of life services 10-11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 27) at the Asia residence in Newstable Camp, 46-4168 Waipi‘o Road. Luncheon and fellowship to follow. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by wife, Donna Mae Leimomi Asia of Honokaa; sons, Rexy Ramsey Julian Keoni (Mahina) AhPuck of Paauilo and Royson Pascua Kaleokai AhChop Asia of Honokaa; daughters, Buffie Marie Pualani Asia and Charmaine Kealohalani Fields; brother, Felix (Marilyn) Asia; 11 grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
John Henry Callender, 76, of Waimea died Jan. 19. Born in Pasadena, Calif., he was CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and had degrees in animal science and business administration from Oregon State University. Celebration of life at a later date. No flowers. Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice, Parker School or Ojai Valley School, 723 El Paseo Road, Ojai, CA 93023. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, “Muffet” Laurien; sons, Rea (Kelly) Callender of Grass Valley, Calif., and Brodie Callender of Waimea; daughters, Laurien (Timark) Hamilton of McMinnville, Ore., and Whitney (Todd) Demorest of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.
Gilbert Minoru Ashikawa, 97, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 8, 2017, at Ruth’s Place Care Home. Born in Holualoa, he was the founder of Kona Scenic Land Inc. and was a public accountant, tropical fruit farmer, insurance agent, past member of Kona Lions Club, charter member of Kona Rotary Club and member of Holualoa Kumiai and Daifukuji Soto Mission. Private services held. Survived by son, Gary Ashikawa of Honolulu; daughters, Amy Hata of Kailua-Kona and Faye (Terrence) McComas of Kealakekua; sister, Betty Tanga of Honolulu; brother, James Ashikawa of California; seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
John Rodrigues Sr., 81, of Hilo and Kawaihae died Jan. 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired sales and leasing consultant for Big Island Honda-Hilo and recipient of Honda Motor Co. President’s Award in 2004, former district manager for Avis Rent A Car, past president of Waiakea Lions Club and St. Joseph School Parent-Teachers Group, former athletic director of St. Joseph School, U.S. Army veteran and member of Association of Foresters — Court Mauna Kea No. 8854, Hilo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Alumni and Friends of St. Joseph School and board member of Hilo Airport Transportation Department. Visitation 4-9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6 p.m. Graveside committal service and burial 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 26) at Homelani Memorial Park. Casual attire. Survived by wife, Lynette Leinaala Rodrigues of Hilo; son, John (Kim) Rodrigues Jr. of Hilo; daughter, Johnalyn (Alton) Nosaka of Hilo; brothers, Lawrence Rodrigues Jr. of Pearl City, Oahu, Samson (Karen) Rodrigues of Kaneohe, Oahu, Edmund Rodrigues of Hilo and Glenn Rodrigues of Honolulu; sister, Cyrilla Makalena of Waimanalo, Oahu; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Kaaumoana of Hilo, Theola (Bernard) Kuamoo of Mililani, Oahu, and Arlene Kaaumoana of Hilo; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, an aunt and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Andres Abad Dela Cruz, 79, of Naalehu died Dec. 31 at home. Born in Vigan, Philippines, he was a retired laborer for the former Ka‘u Sugar Co., worked for MacFarms of Hawaii and was a member of Naalehu Sacred Heart Catholic Church. All-night vigil 5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 26) at the family home, 94-1504 Puka St., Naalehu. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 27) at Naalehu Sacred Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; flowers welcomed. Burial at Naalehu Community Cemetery. Survived by wife, Carlina Savellano Jara Dela Cruz of Naalehu; sons, Henry (Meceline) Dela Cruz of Waimea and Erwin (Jill Tung-Loong) Dela Cruz of Hilo; daughters, Connie (Clayton) Tayamen of Mountain View, Jingle Dela Cruz of Naalehu and Lea-Arnie (Roberto) Segobia of Keaau; a brother and eight sisters; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Rodney “Rod” Trent Ducosin Sr., 55, of Ocean View died Jan. 16 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was the founder and pastor of the Children’s Learning Center Sunday School. Service information to be announced at a later date. Condolences to L. Moniz, P.O. Box 377518, Ocean View, HI 96737. For information, call 498-0538. Survived by wife, Lisa Moniz of Ocean View; sons, Rodney Ducosin Jr., Duke Ducosin and Drake Ducosin of Ocean View; daughter, Leslie Ducosin of Iowa; brothers, Randy (Carol) Ducosin of Arizona and Russell (Sharon) Ducosin of Kaneohe, Oahu; sister, Robin (Shad) Freeman of Ocean View; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Dorothy Tapang Bartolome, 101, of Hilo died Jan. 17 at Hilo Medical Center. She was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 24) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Urn burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park, Ilima section. Survived by sons, Richard Tapang (Maile) Bartolome of Vancouver, Wash., and Gary J. (Beth) Bartolome of Hilo; daughter, Patricia Mae (Fred) Basilio of Hilo; sisters, Irene Ingano of Honolulu, Violet Dryman of Napa Valley, Calif., and Natalie Buza of Hilo; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; nephews and nieces. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Helen B. Botelho, 93, of Honokaa died Jan. 6 at home. She was born in Kalopa and was a former manager for Drive In, member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Honokaa Senior Citizens Club. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Honokaa. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice. Survived by son, Dereck (Sharon) Botelho of Hilo; daughters, Georgette (Daniel) Kaniho of Ahualoa, Sheryll (Guy) Kaniho of Kona and Marita Cauley of Hilo; brother, Joseph (Mary) Branco of Honokaa; sister-in-law, Herminia Branco of California; brother-in-law, Amos Botelho of Honokaa; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Audrey Mae Anderson, 68, of Naalehu died Dec. 29 at Hospice of Kona Nakamaru Hale. Born in Arlington County, Va., she was a homemaker. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 19) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Naalehu. Mass at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by husband, Peter Anderson of Naalehu; brother, James (Pat) Ware of Prescott, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Colleen Pomeroy of Gettysburg, Pa.; sister-in-law, Mary Ware of Texas; a granddaughter. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Takeo Katayama, 107, of Hilo died Jan. 3. He was a retired carpenter from Sonomura Contracting. Private services held. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by sons, Roy H. Katayama and Kenneth K. Katayama; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.