Obituaries: January 24, 2021

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John Dignan


John Dignan, 72, of Hilo, died on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, after battling cancer. Born in Minot, N.D., Aug. 26, 1948, he retired from the Internal Revenue Service and moved to Hilo.

Preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Laura Dignan and two siblings Mary Dignan and Ann Dignan. He is survived by sisters, Kathleen (Donald) Robichaud of Warwick, R.I., Jean (Marion) Cook of Martinsville, IL, and Dorothy (Si Tae) Cho of East Ridge, TN; brother, Robert (Louise) Dignan of Warroad, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lily Farm

Lily Loka Farm, 97, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 14, 2021, at the Regency at Hualalai. Born July 27, 1923 in Kaauhuhu, North Kohala, she was a retired front desk clerk for Kona Tiki, former food and cocktail waitress, a special education school bus driver, cook for Kona Head Start and member of Kona Hawaii Pidgin Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Service information by Zoom to be announced. For information call G. Farm, Sr. (808) 217-7286.

She is survived by children, Gerald (Elaine) Farm, Sr. of Kailua-Kona, Audrey (Wayne) Yara, Leonard (Linda) Farm all of Honolulu, Sharon Piper of Las Vegas; siblings, Adeline Mandac, Delano Keohokapu both of Honolulu, Judith Koffman of Kailua-Kona; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Philemon Aranaydo

Philemon “Billy Boy” Aranaydo, 84, of Keaau, died Dec. 17, 2020, at a care home. Born March 8, 1936, in Honolulu, he was a retired union laborer and member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 368 and U.S. Army Korean War veteran.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. Feb. 5 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 10:30 a.m. service. Burial follows at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Family requests casual attire be worn. Seating is limited and face masks and social distancing required.

He is survived by wife, Susanna Aranaydo of Keaau; sons, Zachary (Alfreda Hart) Aranaydo of Waimea, Andre (Lorene) Aranaydo and Howard (Marilyn) Aranaydo of Keaau, Kevin (Nora) Aranaydo of Pahoa; daughter, Christy (Don) Coloma of Keaau; brothers, Edward (Geri) Aranaydo of Pearl City, Oahu, Gerald Sr. (Linda) Aranaydo of Pahoa; sisters, Doris (Gilbert Sr.) Yrojo of Las Vegas, Marilyn (Frank) Salgado of Omaha, Neb.; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Walter Pilor

Walter “Wally” Pilor, 77, of Hawi, died Dec. 3, 2020, at Kohala Hospital. Born Nov. 10, 1943, in Laupahoehoe, he was a retired general superintendent for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shop 38 Nuclear Submarine Repair Facility, an avid fisherman, U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hawi.

Private services at a later date.

He is survived by wife, Grace Pilor of Hawi; children, Kevin (Wyomie) Pilor of Honolulu, Kari (Kirk) Bailey of Waianae, Oahu, Sean Simon of San Jose, Calif.; brothers, Jeffrey (Grace) Pilor of Hilo, Vernon Pilor of Waimea; sisters, Florence (Howard) Dawana of Keaau, Wanda (Rex) Dalere of Hilo; six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Emiko Sugikawa

Emiko Sugikawa, 97, of Hilo and formerly of Laupahoehoe, died Dec. 14 at a private care home. Born in Hilo, she was a homemaker and member of the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission and Fujinkai.

Private services held.

Survived by sons, Wane Sugikawa of Hilo, Jed (Miki) Sugikawa of Honolulu; sister, Toshiko Ono of Honolulu; two grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Jerry Glander

Jerry Alan Glander, 82, of Keaau, died Jan. 11, 2021, at home. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1938, he was a retired San Bernardino County building inspector and a retired director of Building and Safety Department in the city of Grand Terrace.

Services will be held at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Nani Glander; daughter, Janie Lee (Rolf) Drinhaus; two sons, Tom (Tami) Glander and Scott Glander; sister, Jean (Gary) Steger; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews; and two cousins.

Arrangements by Homelani Cremation Services.

Desiree Keahi-Broad

Desiree “Dez” Inea Keahi-Broad, 49, of Hilo, died May 4, 2020. Born Feb. 8, 1971, in Honolulu, she was a homemaker and a member of Glad Tidings Church, and Halau Na Pua O’ Uluhaimalama.

A drive-by service will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 13, at 303 Keonaona St.

Survived by husband, Ernest Broad of Hilo; sons Jordan (Mariah) Keahi of Hilo, Dayson-John (Tashia) Keahi-Broad of Hilo; daughters Justice Keahi-Broad of Henderson, NV, Dayna-Jade (Chris) Keahi-Broad-Cabagbag of Hilo; brothers Shannon Keahi of Hilo, Dylan (Lani) Keahi of Texas; sisters Nobilee (Joey) Keahi-Oliveira of Hilo, Jasmine Ne (Dana) Nakamoto, of Mountain View, Roberta Pinnow of Pahoa, Romona (Aaron) Ferreira of Pahoa, Sharla (Jaye) Hayashida-Laga of Mililani; grandchildren Nezzaryah Keahi-Broad-Cabagbag, Alana-Jade Keahi-Broad-Cabagbag; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Jerry Fujie

Jerry Hideo Fujie, 68, of Hilo, died Dec. 14, 2020, at home. He was born in Hilo and was an estimator with Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. and a member of the Hilo Meishion Mission.

Private services held.

Survived by brother, Allen (Nela) Fujie of Hilo; sister, Joyce (Carl) Arakaki of Hilo; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Michael Glendon

Michael Edward Keapolani Glendon, 38, of Kapu’euhi, died Jan. 13, 2021, at his residence. Born in Honolulu, he was the owner of Hawaii Island Rain Gutters.

Survived by parents, Edward and Sarah Glendon of Kapu’euhi; children, Kuahiwi Glendon of Kapu’euhi, Kamaehu Glendon of Kapu’euhi, Ka’olino Glendon of Kapu’euhi, Keahi’ena Hopkins of Hilo, Kahanuolahou Hopkins of Hilo; sisters, Cybil (Grant) Glendon-Baclig of Kapu’ehui, Tootie (Jerel) Glendon Lee of Waikele; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Sam Torkelson

Sam Wesley Torkelson, 90 of Hilo, died on Jan. 3, 2021, at home. Born in Minnesota, he was a cook in Alaska.

Private services were held at Ballard Family Mortuary Hilo on January, 21st 2021.


Sam is survived by his son, Sam Torkelson III; daughter, Virginia Collins; sister, Joe Newcom; and caregiver Rahel Selemon.

Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

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