Obituaries: 02-10-18

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Ernest Luiz


Ernest “Ernie” Carreira Luiz, 93, of Papaikou, died Feb. 2, 2018, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Papaikou, he was a retired equipment installer for Hawaiian Telephone Co. and a member of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Papaikou.

Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Dodo Mortuary chapel; service at 7 p.m. Friends may also call 8-10 a.m. Feb. 15 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Papaikou; Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Homelani Memorial Park (old section). Family requests casual attire.

He is survived by son, Leslie (Jody) Luiz of Kailua-Kona; daughters, Gwen (Larry) Ely of Papaikou and Anne Gonzales of Keaau; a son-in-law; brother, Stanley Luiz of Bend, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jeffrey Ha’alilio Sr.

Jeffrey Kamealoha Ha’alilio Sr., 64, of Ocean View, died Jan. 8, 2018, at Kona Community Hospital. Born March 5, 1953, in Kealakekua, he was a tractor operator for Macnut Farms Hawaii, former ranch hand at Kealia Ranch, and a member of the Hilo Horseshoe Club and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Friends may call 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at his resident, 92-8953 Iolani Lane in Ocean View; service at 10 a.m. The family requests casual attire and flowers are welcome.

He is survived by wife, Theresa Ha’alilio of Ocean View; sons, Jeffrey Ha’alilio Jr. and Jayden Ha’alilio, both of Ocean View; daughters, Kainoa (Melvin III) Palea and Ipo (Dominic Chinen) Haalilio, all of Ocean View, and Jaslynn Kanoeau of Lahaina, Maui; brothers, Arnold (Frances) Ha’alilio of Papaikou, Wilfred (Maggie) Ha’alilio Sr., of Honaunau, and David (Lorie-ann) Ha’alilio Sr., of Captain Cook; sisters, Charlotte Rodrigues of Kainaliu, Nellie Takahashi of Honolulu, Geraldine Rivera of Holualoa, Jasmine Angeleo of Las Vegas, Henriann (Morris) Nagata of Captain Cook, Harriet Ha’alilio of Pearl City, Oahu, and Nancietta Ha’alilio of Kealia; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; two granddaughters; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Delbert Ako

Delbert Kaipo Ako, 65, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 4, 2018, at Kona Community Hospital. Born Dec. 29, 1952, in North Kona, he was a former laborer, ramp service and ticket agent for Hawaiian Airlines and Aloha Airlines and a musician.

Friends may call 2 p.m. Feb. 19 for a celebration of life at Hale Halawai. For information, call 960-0360.

He is survived by daughters, Kelelani (Mana) Makaiau and Nohea (Ikaika) Baptista, all of Kailua-Kona, and Brianhni (Malaki) Atisanoe of Honolulu; brother, Arnold (Lori) Ako; sisters, Geri (Peter) Ebanez and Lucille (Sipou) Mareko, all of Kailua-Kona; nine grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Rudolph Mockchew

Rudolph “Rudy” “Papa Rudy” Mochchew, 73, of Holualoa, died Jan. 14, 2018, at Kona Community Hospital. Born April 20, 1944, in Waipio, he was a truck driver for Take’s Transportation and the former Tanaka Quarry, dishwasher at the former Kona Ranch House, maintenance man at the former Kona Ranch House, Kona Village Resort and the Honokaa Plantation Club, taro farmer, planter, picker and machine operator for the Dole Pineapple Co., a shipper for Lanai Harbor, and a member of the Kona Horseshoe Pitcher’s Club.

Friends may call at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Kona Imin Center in Holualoa; celebration of life at 3 p.m. Family requests casual attire; flowers are welcome.

He is survived by wife, Flo Mockchew of Holualoa; sons, Leonard (Shirlence) Mockchew and Rudy (Rebecca) Mockchew, all of Holualoa; daughter, Colette (Chad) Debina of Kalaoa; hanai daughters, Bernadette Haleamau of Kalaoa, Malia Lindsey of Keauhou and Tiare DeAguair of Captain Cook; hanai sons, Bryant (Sandy) Mochchew of Kailua-Kona, Alden (Cheryl) Fukumitsu of Kalaoa, Milton Fukumitsu of Keopu, and Samson (Kahale) Villanueva of Kailua-Kona; brother, Randolph (Julie) Mockchew of Lanai City, Lani; sisters, Ahmoi (Ruben) Eskaran of Lanai City, Lanai, Elonia Mockchew of Honolulu, Yolanda Abafo-Mockchew of Clovis, New Mexico and Piilani (Frank) Villar of Arizona; five grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Wanda Gardner

Wanda Mary Gardner, 73, of Volcano, formerly of Chicago, died Dec. 24, 2017, at home. Born in Santa Rosa, Mexico, she was retired from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, had worked for the former Michael Reese Hospital, both in Chicago and was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Friends are welcome to attend a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mountain View.

She is survived by brother, Ted Rychtarczyk of Chicago; sister, Patricia Rychtarczyk of Chicago; and friends.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Robert Hickcox

Robert Paul Hickcox, 69, of Keauhou, died Dec. 20, 2017, at The UC Health Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. Born in Hilo, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, retired Hawaii Police Department captain, photographer for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and worked for The Fairmont Orchid Resort, Kohanaiki Resort, Hilton Waikoloa Village, SIS Corporation, and Standard Oil Corporation.

A blessing of the ashes will be held at noon March 2 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Friends may also call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at Old Kona Airport Park Pavilion for celebration of life; luncheon and entertainment to follow.

He is survived by spouse, Florence Hickcox, of Keauhou; son, Jonathan-Caleb (Kayla Evavold) Hickcox, of Windsor, Colo.; daughter, Brooke Hickcox, of Savannah, Ga.; grandsons, Nalu Hickcox and Nainoa Hickcox, both of Windsor, Colo., and Beau Hickcox and Miss Hickcox, both of Keauhou; brother, Thomas (Anna) Hickcox Sr., of Keauhou; half-brother, Greg (Debbie) Hickcox, of Greensboro, N.C., a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; numerous aunties, uncles, nieces nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Marks Funeral and Cremation Service of Windsor, Colo.

Roy Funai

Roy Sueo Funai, 69, of Pahala died on Dec. 24, 2017, at Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Pahala, he was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, fisherman and carpenter.

Private services held.


He is survived by wife, Karin Funai; daughters, Deborah Funai, Lisa Marie Funai and Jenny (Alan) Pasa; brother, Kenneth (Esther) Funai; sisters, Martha Hoki and Dora Min; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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