Obituaries for February 11

Tyler Kaina Armitage, 46, of Mountain View died Jan. 18 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a carpenter. Family gathering at a later date. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by mother, Colliene Armitage of Pahoa; daughters, Ciera Armitage, Tyra Armitage and Ava Armitage of Hilo; brothers, Rocky Caraco of Hayward, Calif., Solomon Armitage of Pahoa and Jesse (Jay) Armitage of Hilo; sister, Iwalani Armitage-Viriamu of Hilo; ex-wife, Maile Martins of Hilo; a granddaughter; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Ethel Ayako Higa, 91, of Pepeekeo died Feb. 3 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was owner of the former Tradewind Flowers on Oahu and member of Honomu Henjoji Mission and Pepeekeo Senior Citizens. Private services. No flowers or koden (monetary gifts). Survived by son, Randall Higa of Pepeekeo; daughter, Joyce Higa of Pepeekeo; brother, James Nakagawa of Los Angeles; sisters, Jean Yoshimura of Kaneohe, Oahu, Beatrice (Robert) Nakamoto of Vancouver, Wash., and Helen Wong of Kaneohe; a grandson; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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Junji Iwasa, 89, of Hilo died Jan. 30 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Olaa, he was a state health inspector, member of Glad Tidings Church and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Private services held. Survived by daughter, Sharon (Steve) Perkins of Sunrise, Fla.; sisters, Umeno Morita and Amy Del Toro of Southern California; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Roy Charles Leabig, 72, of Hilo died Jan. 25 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Berkeley Calif., he was a construction worker. No services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Daniel Peter “Pete” Nelson, 80, of Hilo died March 30 at Hawaii Care Choice Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired Hilo High School special education teacher, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and U.S. Navy veteran. Memorial Mass 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Inurnment to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by son, Dane Nelson of Hilo; daughter, Candice (Nathan) Haga of Irvine, Calif.; sisters, Barbara (Melvin) Soong of Kailua, Oahu, and Carolyn Kouchi of Kauai; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ethel Ann Nelson, 80, of Hilo died Dec. at home. Born in Hilo, she was a retired Department of Education educational assistant and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Memorial mass 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Inurnment to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by son, Dane Nelson of Hilo; daughter, Candice (Nathan) Haga of Irvine, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Melvin) Soong of Kailua, Oahu, and Carolyn Kouchi of Kauai; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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George Quinn, 56, of Hilo died Nov. 22 No services. No known family. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500.

Akiko Sakaguchi Yamashita, 93, of Keaau died Feb. 5 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Hilo, she was a member of Puna Hawaii Pidgin Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Services at a later date. Survived by sons, David Yamashita and Kent (Dorothy) Yamashita of Keaau; brother-in-law, Miyoji Furusho of Kauai; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.