Obituaries for February 25

Bernaldo Ramos Abella, 95, of Papaaloa died Feb. 15 at home. Born in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he was a retired cane truck and service truck driver for the former Davies Hamakua Sugar Plantation Company and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Visitation 8-10 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Laupahoehoe. Face masks and social distancing required. Survived by wife, Modesta Abella of Papaaloa; daughter, Josie (Derek) Aurio of Hilo; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Abella of Papaaloa; three grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 24

Robert Stewart Dowling, 97, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 11 in Kailua-Kona. Born in Chicago, he worked as an outside sales representative for oil companies and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Private services at a later date. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, Atsuko Dowling of Kailua-Kona; sons, John S. Dowling of El Granada, Calif. and James R. (Donna) Dowling of Shasta, Calif.; daughter, Kathy Dowling of Santa Barbara, Calif. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 23

Debra “Debbie” Haunani Mock Chew–Texeira, 67, of Honokaa died Jan. 28. Born in Kukuihaele, she was a manager at Dairy Queen and Tex Drive Inn, clothing line entrepreneur and lifelong member and former president of the Waipi’o Taro Farmers’ Association. Private services at a later date. Survived by sons, Ernest (Joy) Texeira of Hilo and Alan Texeira of Honokaa; sisters, Sylvia (John) Tompkins of Kohala, Cynthia Kanekoa of Kukuihaele and Moana (Lloyd) Kaneshiro; brothers, Dennis (Linda) Mock Chew of Kona, Jayson (Alberta) Mock Chew of Honokaa, Lyle Mock Chew of Kukuihaele and Bradford Mock Chew of Waipi’o Valley; two granddaughters; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 22

Joseph Rodrigues Bugado Jr., 80, of Hilo died Feb. 13 at home. Born in Honokaa, he was a retired bus driver for Greyline Tours, Jack’s Tours, Robert’s Hawaii Tours, and the owner of Big Island Sightseeing Tours. Viewing 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 3, at Ballard Family Mortuary in Hilo. Burial at Mauna Kea Memorial Park (1.6 miles up Ka‘ie‘ie Rd.) at 1 p.m. Face masks and social distancing required. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by spouse, Norma M. Bugado of Hilo; son, Bradford (Layla) Bugado, of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Charmaine Bugado of Hilo; brother, Richard (Cindy) Bugado of Honomu; two grandchildren; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 21

Bruce Ledyard Andri, 71, of Naalehu died Feb. 12 at home. Born in Staten Island, N.Y, he was an artist and U.S. Army veteran. No services. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by daughter, Amber Andri of Eugene, Ore.; brother, David Andri of Downy, Calif. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 19

Leona Lucille Bender, 90, of Kailua-Kona died Feb. 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Spokane, Wash., she was a salesclerk for Hilo Hattie’s in Honolulu. Services at a later date. Survived by sons, Brent (Connie) Bender of Waimea and Reed (Susan) Bender of Kailua-Kona; sisters, Bobbie Coman of Oregon and Carol Pugh of Spokane; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 18

Lawrence (Larry) Alexander, 92, of Hilo died Feb. 11 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Los Angeles, he was a retired teacher from Hilo High School, sailor, and builder/operator of the Dolphin Bay Hotel in Hilo. Celebration of life at a later date. Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by son, John Alexander of Hilo. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 16

Eric Paul D’almeida, 60, of Hilo died Feb. 6 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a security guard. Graveside service 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 19) at Homelani Memorial Park. Face masks and social distancing required. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by brother, Rex (Gloria) Matthews; sisters, Sheila Matthews, Coleen Matthews, and Charlene (Shane) Matthews; half-brother, Steven Akau; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Obituaries for February 14

Wendy Gail Leilani Ah Tou, 55, of Captain Cook died Jan. 18 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she was a certified nursing assistant at the former Hillhaven Long Term Facility, an order taker at McDonald’s Restaurant and waitress at Hong Kong Chop Suey Restaurant. Services at a later date. Survived by her husband, Thomas Ah Tou Sr. of Captain Cook; daughters, Dayna Marie (Ryan) Kaahanui-Mateo of Aiea, Oahu, Tatiana Ah Tou of Honaunau and Taysha Roberta Kaahanui of Waipahu, Oahu; son, Thomas Ah Tou Jr. of Hoopuloa; mother, Helen (Michael) Naihe of Ewa Beach, Oahu; brother, Branden Kaahanui of Ewa Beach; sisters, Tracy Ann Kaahanui of Kalihi, Oahu, Debbie (Travis) Hoyohoy of Ainaloa and Reina Kaahanui of Milton, Fla.; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 12

Harry “Butch” M. Kalima Jr., 61, of Hilo died April 24, 2020, at home. Born in Hilo, he was the owner of Aqua Tech Pool Services, a former press operator for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and member of the Waiakea Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Zoom memorial service 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Zoom meeting 4208106827, passcode Kalima. Survived by, spouse,: Kelly Kalima of Hilo; sons, Jeremy (Primefootage) Kalima of Hilo and Justin Kalima of Bellingham, Wash., and Hilo; siblings, Shayne (Becky) Kalima of Fullerton, Calif., Kermitt (Faith) Kalima of Kaneohe, Oahu, and Punett (Dennis) Maeda of Hilo; in-laws, Mark (Alana) Foster and Wendy (Steven) Shigemi of Hilo, Michael (Juryleen) Foster of Bellingham, Wash., David (Kathy) Foster of Hilo and Malia (Alexie) Kaaihue of Hilo. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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.

Obituaries for February 9

Abel Kawai Ganer, 63, of Kalopa, formerly of Lanai City, Lanai, died Jan. 31 at home. Born in North Kona, he was a retired supervisor and lead ramp for Hawaiian Airlines and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. A drive through memorial will take place from 8-9 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 11) at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Private services and burial to follow. Face masks and social distancing required. Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or North Hawaii Hospice. Survived by wife, Myrni Mendes; daughters, Emily Freeman, Jessica (Clayton) Barbosa and Chelsea (Angela) Ganer-Loh; siblings, Hano (Charmaine) Ganer, Anacita (Steven) Murphy, Anna (Dean) Ganer, Kimo Ganer and Lanai (Martin) Eskaran; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 8

SSG. John DSK Bailey, 27, of El Paso, Texas died Jan. 15. Born in Wailuku, Maui, he was a fire direction chief in the U.S. Army. Services at a later date. Burial at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. Survived by mother, Carla Bailey of Kailua-Kona; father, Matt Bailey of Lahaina, Maui; sister, Lauren Bailey of Boston; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 7

Howard W. Ackerman, 88, of Kealakekua died Jan. 26 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kealakekua, he was a lineman for HELCO. No services. Condolences to: P.O. Box 791, Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750. Survived by wife, Harriet Ackerman of Kealakekua; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 5

Randy Warner Ah Nee, 54, of Pahala died Jan. 30 at home. Born in Honolulu, he was a carpenter. Services to be held on Oahu and are pending. Survived by fiance’, Francine Javar of Pahala; brothers, Lawrence W. Ah Nee Jr. of Wailuku, Maui, Rawlins Ah Nee of Waipahu, Oahu, Rowlling Ah Nee of Hilo, Norman Ah Nee of Las Vegas, Ronald Ah Nee of Waianae, Oahu and Warner Ah Nee of Ewa Beach, Oahu; sisters, Rawleen Reis and Lawreen Kapiko of Ewa Beach, Darlene Lum of Mililani, Oahu, Rowleen Cruz of Kaneohe, Oahu and Lawraleen Adewunmi of Phoenix; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 4

Isabelle “Aunty Aloha” Keahi Konanui Gonzales, 72, of Hilo died Dec. 30 at The Queens Medical Center. Born in Honokaa, she was a homemaker. Walk-through visitation 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, on Coconut Island. Face masks and social distancing required. No refreshments will be served. Loose flowers and lei welcome. Virtual memorial service at 11 a.m.; livestream via Zoom (meeting ID: 819 9900 2861, password: gtkl3w). Survived by daughters, Georgieann (Corey) Matsu of Hilo and Lisa (Eddie Walker) Yagong of South Dakota; hanai daughter, Cherylann Keahi (Ferdinand Vallente) Makio of Honokaa; brother, William (Alethea) Konanui of Puna; sister, Myra Auna of Honokaa; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four hanai grandchildren and four hanai great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Obituaries for February 3

John Hartley, 61, died Dec. 1. No services held. No known family. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500.

Obituaries for February 2

The Rev. Joaquin Tengedan Bilagot, 81, of Keaau died Jan. 14. Born in the Philippines, he served as a man of God for the Lutheran Church in the Philippines. Private services. Survived by wife, Aniceta Bilagot of Keaau; daughters, Ruthie Clearwater and Hannah Bilagot of Keaau. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Obituaries for February 1

Francis Marion “Koa” Agbigay, 60, of Hilo died Jan. 3 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he worked at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Youth Conservation Corp., S. Yoshina Contracting Co. and Hilo Fish Co. and was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran. Private services held. Scattering of ashes at a later date. Online condolences: www.homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by brothers, Bernardo M. (Mona) Agbigay Jr. of Fairfield, Calif., Anthony K. (Adrienne J.) Agbigay of Hilo and Lawrence Hinano (Christina) Agbigay of Volcano; sisters, Diana I. (Don) Anakalea Easley of The Villages, Fla., Bernadette K. (Leslie) Nakano of Keaau and Evelyn S. (Daniel) Schwarz of Kailua, Oahu. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Obituaries for January 31

Robert “Bobby” James Balga Sr., 77, of Mountain View died Jan. 15 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a first class union painter. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.6, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Seating is limited. Face masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife, Faye Nalani Balga of Mountain View; daughter, Downy (Curtis) Sylva of Waimea; sons, Frank (Dorothy) Balga of Pahoa, Robert Balga Jr. and Peter (Shari Ann) Balga of Mountain View; sisters, Emily (Benjamin) Pascual of Hawaii, Rose (Mark) Gomes and Patricia (Richard) Long of Kailua, Oahu; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.