Obituaries for May 9

Alberto Aglupos Agbigay, 72, of Hilo died April 15 at Life Care Center of Hilo. Born in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, he was a retired maintenance worker for Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 8-10 a.m. Friday, May 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Alae Cemetery, New Section. Survived by wife, Adela Agbigay of Hilo; daughter, Debe (Higino Libed) Agbigay of Hilo; son, Glen (Lorna Oducayen) Agbigay of London; sisters, Ernesta Dela Cruz, Ofelia (Winston) Solmerin, Edita (Candylario) Castro and Emelyn (Dairyll) Ilar of Hilo, Amelia (Nestor) Baclig of Los Angeles; brothers, Erlindo (Leonora) Agbigay of Hilo and Wenceslao (Mildred) Agbigay of Honolulu; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Reynold Wesley Jerome Jr., 78, of Kurtistown died April 30 at the Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center in Hilo. Born in Kohala, he was an ILWU union organizer. Private services held. Survived by wife, Gwendolyn Jerome of Kurtistown; sons, Reynold Wesley (Karen) Jerome III of Yuma, Ariz., Roddy Jerome of San Diego, Sam (Kim) Jerome of Honolulu and Moses (Nue) Jerome of Kurtistown; daughters, Velvet Smith of Wittmann, Ariz., and Jo-Shane (Kanoa) Yamauchi of Keaau; sisters, Florence Lilio and Percy Kelii of Honolulu, Phoebe (Roy) Thompson of Mountain View, Cassandra (Eddie) Riley of Cincinnati; brothers, Adrian (Karen) Galan of Kapaau, Ralph (Priscilla) Galan and Gregory (Ida Mae) Galan of Kohala; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Stephen “Steve” Theodore Johnson, 75, of Kailua-Kona died May 5 at home. Born in Portland, Ore., he was a retired Portland Fire Bureau battalion chief, U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper and para-rescue and recovery for Air Force Reserve 304th Rescue Squadron. Service information at a later date. Memorial donations to Portland Fire and Rescue Toy and Joy Makers, 5916 N.E. Going St., Portland, OR 97218, or Kona Salvation Army, 74-5555 Kaiwi St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Family condolences to Survived by wife, Kathleen Johnson of Kailua-Kona; son, Brett (Alice) Johnson of Oregon; daughter, Marlow (Jeff) Vass of Oregon; stepson, Clint (Katrin) Arp of Oregon; sisters, Nancy Jacobson of Washington and Janet Johnson of Oregon; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Solomon “Uncle Junior” Kaanaana Kapeliela Jr., 78, of Kaneohe, Oahu, died April 21 in Hilo. Born on Oahu, he was a retired heavy equipment truck driver for City and County of Honolulu. Private services held. Online condolences: Survived by daughter, Stormy Kapeliela of Hilo; sons, Braze Kapeliela of Honolulu and Mark Kapeliela of Kihei, Maui; sister, Emily McRae Kapeliela of Oregon; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Ernest Ortiz Orpilla, 66, of Kealakekua died April 9 at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Born in Olaa and raised in Captain Cook, he was a manager at American Machinery in Kona, worked for Car Quest, the Kona Surf Hotel and West Hawaii Motors and was a class of 1970 Konawaena High School alumnus. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Kona Imin Center, 76-5877 Old Government Road, in Holualoa. Celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Survived by sisters, Shirley Camp, Barbara Caputo, Brenda French, Charlotte Orpilla and Darlene Orpilla-Rezachek; two nieces, four nephews, three grandnieces, six grandnephews and two great-grandnephews.


Delphine Barbara Parra, 70, of Hilo died April 22 at Hilo Medical Center. She was born in Honolulu. Survivors are asked to call 808-935-8445. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

The late Louise “Sweetie” Lealoha Maikui is survived by, among others, brothers, John Chesebro Jr. of Hilo and Leonard “Milimili” (Juanita) Chesebro of Kona. Their names were incorrectly submitted for an obituary published Tuesday.

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