Obituaries for April 13

Dale Larry DePeel, 81, of Pahoa died April 9 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Yoncalla, Ore., he was a Tri-Met bus driver in Portland, Ore. Private services to be held. Survived by daughter, Terri Yamauchi of Lake Forest, Ill.; brother, Mearl DePeel of Nebraska; sister, Laura Bell Garrison of Oregon; the Gonsalves ohana; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

John Hutchins, 65, of Pahoa died March 25 in Hilo. Born in Oregon, he was a carpenter and gardener. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by sisters, Judy (Dave) Kirk and Jan (Max) Buffington; lifelong friend, James Young; nieces, nephews and an aunt.

Pearl “Pearlie” Haleakala Kaoiwi, 88, of Hilo died March 27 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. Born in Hilo, she was retired from Life Care Center of Hilo and a member of Glad Tidings Church. Private services held. Survived by sons, Albert (Irene) Kauwe of Oahu, Johnson Kahili and Malcolm (Jovey) Kahili of Hilo; daughters, Pearl “Elena” Macomber of Hilo, Joanne (Joseph) Pinkowski and Susie Ann (Louis) Quintans of Oklahoma, Johnette Yoshizumi of Sacramento, Calif., and Norelle Kaoiwi of Hilo; brother-in-law, Samuel Vera Cruz of Ewa Beach, Oahu; sister-in-law, Bernice Goo of Millbrae, Calif.; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Owen F. Koehnen, 67, of Hilo died April 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a Hawaii Preperatory Academy graduate, U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran, retired from the U.S. Postal Service and active member of the Honolii Paka and surf community. Celebration of life service June 22 in the upstairs of Mokupapapa Discovery Center in downtown Hilo. Service time to be announced at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by mother, Carolyn Koehnen; daughters, Pelehua (Pati) Koehnen-Sua, Tia (Alex) Ora-a and Kamalei (Ross) Ebenez; sisters, Lynne Forbes, Helie (Rocky) Rock and Kristi (Gary) Robinson; significant other, Deborah Billings; nine grandchildren; two cousins and an aunt.

Gertrude Kekeluka Lorenzo, 76, of Honokaa died March 6 at Hale Hoola Hamakua. Born in Hamakua, she worked as a taro farmer, mac nut picker, operator at Hamakua Plantation, bartender at Gil’s Bar, worked at Tex Drive Inn, was a retired custodian with the state of Hawaii and Hawaii Saddle Club 1968 Rodeo Queen. Visitation 8-9 a.m. today (April 13), with service 9-11 a.m. at her residence, located at 46-4173 Waipio Road in Honokaa. Lunch to follow. Survived by sons, Robin (Momi) Lorenzo, Donny Lorenzo and Daryl Lorenzo of Honokaa; daughters, Donna Asia and Lisa (Al) Lorenzo of Honokaa; stepdaughter, Tina Lorenzo of New York; brothers, Clinton Ah Puck and Handy (Eko) Ah Puck of Maui; sisters, Pansy Kawabata and Iwa Ah Puck of Honokaa and Mapuana (Edmund) Pali of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Liz Ah Puck of Maui, Carol Ah Puck of Papaaloa and Rose Levita of Honokaa; hanai son, Kelcy Kanekoa of Honokaa; 22 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


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