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Obituaries for May 17

Ronald “Ron” Allen Embree, 67, of Keaau died May 11 at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Seattle, he was retired laborer for Local 242. Private services at a later date. Survived by wife, Nani Embree; daughter, Rebecca Embree; sons, Benjamin Embree and Noah Embree; hanai son, Gabe Lubbess; a sister and two brothers. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

John “Sir” Rodney Kitchen, 76, of Waimea died May 2 at home. Born in Port Said, Egypt, he was a London bobby, commercial fisherman, construction contractor, restaurant owner and gourmet cook, sailor and Renaissance man fluent in five languages. Celebration of life 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Ulu La‘au (Waimea Nature Park). No flowers. Memorial donations to North Hawaii Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association of Hawaii. Survived by wife, Malia Mangarin-Kitchen of Waimea; sons, Jon-Paul (Kim) Mangarin of Waimea and Rik (Lisa) Mangarin of Portland, Ore.; daughters, Shelly Barnett of Fawn Lake, Wash., and Lisa Kitchen of Portland; sister, Anne Capon of Gosport, Hampshire, England; brother, Graham Kitchen of West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; five grandchildren and a great-grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Yaeko Nakanishi, 90, of Hilo, formerly of Honolulu, died May 15 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she was a member of Pomaikai Senior Center. Private services on Oahu. Survived by children, Nanae (Richard) Fralick of Washington state, Albert Nakanishi of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Jodilyn (Keith) Kunimoto of Hilo; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Donald David Pacheco, 66, of Keaau died April 19 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, he was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. Celebration of life noon Sunday (May 21) at Wailoa State Park large pavilion. Casual attire. Burial at a later date. Survived by daughter, Crystal Pacheco-Panela of Hilo; hanai children, Ginamay Cardines, Athena Adams, Destry Imaizumi, Crystal (Vincent Camacho) Costa, Ashley (Raymond Bell) Soaladaob and Eugene Costa; brothers, William (Sharon) Pacheco of Pahoa, Howard Pacheco of Hilo, Alexander Pacheco of Hawaiian Beaches and Damien Pacheco of Keaau; a grandson; nieces and nephews.

Claudia Yoshie Sample, 94, of Hilo died May 4 at a private care home in Hilo. Born in Olaa, she was a barber in Honolulu. No services. No flowers or koden. Online condolence: Survived by daughter, Shirley Ann (Joseph) Moore of Kentucky; brother, Tamotsu “Tom” (Faith) Suzuki of Hilo; four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


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