Obituaries for May 15

Sean Barry, 81, of Waimea died May 8 at home. Born in Ireland, he was a retired chef. Visitation 9:30-10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Imiola Congregational Church in Waimea. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Casual attire. Survived by siblings, Colum (Rita) Barry of Alberta, Canada, Lyla Anglin of Waikoloa and Gina (Harry) Kawai of Waimea; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jeffrey Max Caylor, 66, of Waikoloa died Jan. 17 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Bellevue, Pa., he was a shuttle driver for Hilton Grand Vacations and retired information technology analyst for Delta Airlines. Private services. For information, call or text 319-9336. Survived by sister, Jennifer (Martin) Miller of Pennsylvania; five nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.


Lea M. Dayton 80, of Pahoa died April 10 at home. She was a former bank teller. Survived by husband, Grant Dayton Sr.; son, Grant Dayton Jr.; daughters, Carolyn George and Deana Hadley; 10 grandchildren and 15-plus great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Arnold Satoshi Kanetani, 66, of Kurtistown died Nov. 27, 2018, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired painter. Private services held. Survived by mother, Masayo Kanetani of Kurtistown; sisters, Karen Kanetani of Hilo, Patricia (Dan) Straight of Colorado and Gail Kanetani of Kahului, Maui; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Elizabeth “Betty” Billmire Mayer, 87, of Kailua-Kona died May 4 at home. Born in Sterling, Ill., she was a retired coordinator of teacher training for Arizona State University, founder of Mayer School in Ithaca, N.Y., and lifelong educator. Private scattering of ashes held. Memorial donations to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745. Survived by sons, John (Debora) Mayer of New Hampshire, Frank (Kim) Mayer of Colorado and Bill (Laurie) Mayer of Maine; daughter, Helen (Christine Fahrenbach) Mayer of California; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several hanai grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Kathryn Juanita Mears, 67, of Hilo died May 2 at home. Born in San Diego, she was a private housekeeper. Private services held. Survived by son, Anthony (Jay Vea) Ramirez of Hilo; daughters, Connie Ortiz of Colorado and Lisa (Michael) Ortiz-Karklins of Florida; brother, Ray (Carol) Lundgren of Oahu; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Allen Frank Milare, 69, of Hilo died April 23 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. Born in Hilo, He was a retired county vehicle/commercial drivers license examiner, truck driver for Conen’s Cargo and Freight Co. and U.S. Navy veteran. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire; flower lei welcome. Urn committal with military honors 9 a.m. at Tuesday, May 28, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 columbarium. Survived by sons, Frank Daniel Keola Milare, Tyler Kahanu (Brandi) Milare and Jason Kanani (Shawndie) Milare of Hilo; sister, Miriam (Jerry) Fernandez of Hilo; mother in-law, Irene Midel of Hilo; two grandsons; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


La Vonnie “L.A.” Bonnie Miller-Blockson, 62, of Keaau and Charlotte, N.C., died March 27 at her Keaau home. Born in Los Angeles, she was a former nurse and caterer and missionary for Salisbury Congregation North Carolina East. Private services. Survived by husband, James E. Blockson of North Carolina; daughter, La Vonnie (Roy) Enos of Keaau; sisters, Grace (Jose) Gomez of North Carolina and Emma Wilborne of Texas; four grandsons and 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Patricia Jane Wilhelmi Namauu, 85, of Las Vegas, formerly of Hilo, died March 2 at home. Born in Portland, Ore., she was a homemaker, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Keaukaha Ward and Red Cross volunteer. Visitation 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Hilo Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1373 Kilauea Ave. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Alae Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by daughter, Josephine (Sika) Ngata of Hilo; sons, Samuel Namauu Jr. and Hawaii (Leenette Kealoha) Namauu of Hilo; sister, Tamara Flores-Sahagun of Las Vegas; brothers, John (Vân) Wilhelmi, William “Bill” (Teresa) Wilhelmi and Richard “Rich” (Kelly) Wilhelmi of Portland; 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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