Obituaries: 6-3-17

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Duane Kurozawa

Duane Hajime Kurozawa, 57, of Kailua-Kona died May 22, 2017, in Honolulu. Born in Kona, he was self-employed, dba Duane H Kurozawa General Contractor.

Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. June 10 at the Kona Hongwanji Mission with a noon service. Aloha attire is requested.

He is survived by wife, Gail (Miyata) Kurozawa; daughter, Tiffany Kurozawa; father, George Kurozawa and brother, Daryl (Jane) Kurozawa.

Robert Hons

Robert “Bobby” Campbell Hons, 74, of Waimea died May 20, 2017. Born June 30, 1941, in Honolulu, he was a partner and a founder of Willocks Construction Co.

Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to North Hawaii Hospice.

He is survived by spouse, Pamela; sons, Bradford Hons of Olympia, Wash.; Michael (Beth Perkins) Singlehurst of Rockaway Beach, N.T,; daughter, Miki (Joe) Kapisi of Pukalani, Maui; sisters, Dotchie (Bobby) Alo of Kahului, Maui; Marie Toledo of North Dakota; Liz (Verlin) Gilkerson of Elk Grove, Calif.; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

Gary Etling

Gary Eugene Etling, 70, of Mountain View died May 12, 2017, at his residence. Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, he was a retired electrician, former volunteer fire chief and firefighter in Ohio and a veteran of the Air Force and Army National Guard.

No services.

He is survived by wife, Charlotte Etling of Mountain View; daughter, Christy (Keith) Sakamoto of Maui; brother, Mike (Bev) Etling of Ohio; sisters, Cathy (Lynn) Rowe, Debra (Den) Hess, all of Ohio; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Robert Coulman

Robert Thomas Coulman, 78, of Naalehu died May 21, 2017. Born June 24, 1938, in Elkhorn, Wis., he retired as the owner of Coulman’s Body Shop in Tok, Alaska.

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He is survived by wife, Mary Coulman; mother, Viola Coulman; father, Thomas Coulman; sons, Charles Coulman, Bobby Coulman, Edward Ruppert; stepson, Shaun Komora; daughters, Leitha Howe, Melinda Leichliter, Lori Clarke; stepdaughter, Christine Harvey; brothers Patrick Coulman, William Coulman, David Coulman and Donald Coulman; sisters, Mary Ann Bury, Kathleen Oliver, Dorie Jones, Cynthia Chadwick and Janet Coulman, 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary-Hilo.

Gladys Gushiken

Gladys Naoko Gushiken, 85, of Hilo died April 8, 2017, at a private care home on Oahu. Born March 30, 1932, Hilo, she retired as the manager of Hilo Printers, Limited. She was a member of the Honomu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Hui Okinawa.

Private services were held. No flowers.

She is survived by sisters-in-law, Chiyoko Nakamura of Hilo and Yasuko Yahiku of Los Angeles; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-great-grandnephews and great-great-grandnieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary, Hilo.

Tsuya Takahashi

Tsuya Takahashi, 96, of Honolulu died May 10, 2017, in Honolulu. Born in Hilo, she was a private housekeeper.

Private services held.

She is survived by sisters, Tsuyuno Watanabe of Hilo and Tsuyuko Tanaka of Honokaa.

Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

Nancy O’Connell

Nancy Elizabeth O’Connell, 93, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 3, 1924. Born May 21, 2017, in Santa Ana, Calif., she was a public school teacher for the state of California.

She is survived by daughter, Nancy MacGregor of Kailua-Kona; one granddaughter; one grandson; three great-grandchildren.

Arrangement by Ballard Family Mortuary-Kona.

Thomas Toki

Thomas Norio Toki, 64, of Hilo died May 17, 2017, at the Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born in Hilo, he was a retired school crossing guard and a retired repairman for Stationers Corporation.

Private services held.


He is survived by brothers, Harry Toki of Hilo, Godwin (Veronica) Nishikawa of Kurtistown; sisters, Sharyn (Dan) Frost of Washington, Alma Toki of Honolulu; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.