Obituaries for August 1

Henry Kelley Brown, 69, of Honolii, died July 19 in Hilo. Born in San Bernadino, Calif., he was a retired freelance tile layer and a member of the Hilo Semi-Pro Football League. Celebration of life 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, August 8, at the Waiakea Canoe Hale on the Hilo Bayfront. Online condolences: Survived by brothers, Anthony (Berna) Ho of Hawaiian Beaches and Hercules (Jackie) Freitas of Kurtistown; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Lynn Jenkinson-Kaawaloa, 76, of Keaau died July 7 at home. Born in Chicago, she was a retired social worker and licensed practical nurse for Bay Clinic in Pahoa. Celebration of life from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 7) at Uncle Robert’s Hale in Kalapana. Casual attire. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by husband, Samson Kaawaloa of Keaau; daughter, Evelyn Marie Lopiparo-Nau of Keaau; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Shawn Walter O’Connell, 51, of Captain Cook died July 28 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Sacramento, Calif., he was a general contractor. Services will be held at a later date. Survived by wife, Linda O’Connell of Captain Cook; daughter, Kimber O’Connell of Captain Cook; parents, Roy and Diane O’Connell of Sparks, Nev.; sister, Barbara (Jim) Osborne of Reno, Nev.; brother, Roy Michael (Jamie) O’Connell of Reno; hanai sisters, Wendy (Tony) Parilli of Henderson, Nev., and Susan (Marilyn) Borschel of Springfield, Va.; hanai brother, Buddy (Katina) Parco of Reno; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ernest Ruiz Sr., 90, of Pahoa died July l6 at home. Born in Waimea, Kauai, was retired from the Hayward, Calif., Department of Water Supply. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Burial 11:30 a.m. at Homelani Memorial Park, section 7. Survived by sons, Ernest Ruiz, Jr. of Pahoa and Ricky G. (Sandra) Ruiz of Honolulu; daughters, Marlinda J. Ruiz of Pahoa and Michele N. Ruiz of Hayward, Calif.; daughter in-law, Judy Ruiz of Honolulu; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Clarence “Pola” Salvador, 81, of Hilo died July 1 at Legacy Hilo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born in Laupahoehoe, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for the former Hilo Coast Processing Co. and member of Hawaii Island Archery Club. Visitation 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Celebration of life at 6 p.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by lifelong partner, Charlene T. Velarde of Hilo; children, LaVerne (Gene) Agan of Kauai, Clarence (Renee) Salvador of Mountain View, Daphne Salvador of Indiana, Anthony (Lynn) Salvador and Jayson J. Salvador of Hawaii, Yolanda (Gilbert) Hesia of Papaikou, Tod (Andrea) Velarde and Terry (Lori) Velarde of Alaska; brothers, William (Johanna) Mae of Hilo and Richard M. Salvador of Honolulu; 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.


Paul Smith, 64, of Hilo died July 21. No services. No known family. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500, option 4.

David George Vetsch, 75, of Pahoa died July 22 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in La Crosse, Wis., he was a retired iron worker for the NW Iron Worker Union 625. and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the since-decommissioned aircraft carrier USS. Constellation (CVA 64). Celebration of life at a later date. Contact family for more info. Survived by daughters, Hollye Vetsch, Kelly Vetsch and Brandy Justice-Belt; brothers, Bill (Donna) Vetsch and Steven Vetsch; seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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