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Numeriano Tampon Jr.

Numeriano Tangaro “Junior” Tampon Jr., 47, of Pahoa died Jan. 17, 2014. Born in Kahuku, he retired as a heavy equipment operator.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home in Hilo for a 1 p.m. service.

He is survived by wife, Marlene Eleneki of Pahoa; mother, Priscilla Tampon of Kahuku; father, Numeriano Tampon Sr. of Kahuku; son, Ryan (Manu) Tampon of Hilo; hanai son, Jaston Eleneki of Pahoa; daughters, Cherie Tampon of Kauai, Tierra Madrona of Hilo; sisters, Lita (Reggie) Torres of Kahuku, Gina (Peter) Kaupe of Arizona; 10 grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

William Malakaua

William Kauhane Malakaua, 64, of Mountain View died Jan. 22, 2014, in Kuwait City. Born Jan. 5, 1950, in Hilo, he provided international security for Triple Canopy Inc. in Kuwait and served as sergeant first class of the Hawaii Army National Guard for 26 years.

Friends may call at 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for a 4 p.m. service. Cremation follows. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

He is survived by wife, Lisa Malakaua of Mountain View; sons, Duke Malakaua of Arizona, Christopher Kopp of Mountain View; daughter, Brittany Romero of Tillamook, Ore.; brothers, Darell (Jurene) Malakaua of Kailua-Kona, Randall Malakaua of Hilo; sisters, Carolyn (Norbert) Pfahler of Kauai, Trudy (Robert) Yamada II of Hilo, Jamie Malakaua of Kalapana; four grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

William De-Perez

William De-Perez, 92, of Hilo died Sept. 23, 2013, at Hilo Medical Center. Born Oct. 9, 1920, in Hilo, he was a bus driver for the Hawaii state government and an Army veteran.

Friends may call at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Trinity Community Church Assembly of God in Hilo for a service. Burial follows at 3 p.m. at Alae Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by niece and caregiver, Lita Feliciano of Hilo; sister, Vivian Feliciano of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Gertrude Pauline

Gertrude Alani Pauline, 66, of Hilo died Dec. 27, 2013. Born in Hilo, she retired as a certified nurse’s aide.

Friends may call at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at Haili Christian Church for a service.

She is survived by daughters, Ashley Pauline-Davidson of Honolulu, Marsha Pauline of Hilo; brothers, Gilbert Keliihoomalu of Honolulu, Albert Keliihoomalu of Hawaii; sister, Lillian Larita of Hilo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Borthwick Hawaii Funeral Home.

Raymond Russell

Raymond “Razor” Russell, 60, died Jan. 20, 2014. Born March 16, 1953, in California, he was a former instructor at Keauhou Beauty School and member of Calvary Chapel in Kona and Hawaii Midnight Riders Motorcycle Club, a volunteer van driver for the Kona DVA clinic and a Navy veteran.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at Calvary Chapel, 74-5599 Luhia St., Kailua-Kona, for a service. Burial will be held later at West Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

He is survived by wife, Sophia Russell; parents, Bernice and Ray Russell; sons, Jonny, Dusty and Ryan Russell; stepson, Joe Gindele; sister, Renee (Billy) Roulet; one granddaughter.

Chikao Mukai

Chikao “Mike” Mukai, 86, of Hilo died Jan. 23, 2014, at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo. Born July 7, 1927, in Hilea, Ka‘u, he was retired from the Air Force, a retired fleet maintenance mechanic for Hawaiian Tel and member of Hui Okinawa and Makalika Kumiai.

Friends may call at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at Dodo Mortuary chapel in Hilo for an 11 a.m. service. Cremation follows. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by wife, Sue Mukai of Hilo; son, Michael Mukai of Vista, Calif.; daughters, Barbara Mukai of Lynnwood, Wash., Anita (Won) Hyon of West Des Moines, Iowa; brother, Tsukasa Mukai of Hilo; sister, Lorraine Ayabe of Hilo; three grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Lorna Lee-Rodrigues

Lorna Daisy Momiala Lee-Rodrigues, 60, of Kailua-Kona died Jan. 21, 2014, at a family member’s residence. Born Nov. 25, 1953, in Kealakekua, she was a former concierge at Kona Village Resort and member of Mokuaikaua Congregational Church.

Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Mokuaikaua Congregational Church for an 11:30 a.m. service. Refreshments will follow.

She is survived by son, Jason Rodrigues of Kailua-Kona; mother, Elizabeth Maluihi Lee of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Robert (Terri) Lee and Reggie (Donna) Lee, both of Kailua-Kona; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Thelma Tyler

Thelma Weeks Tyler, 94, of Kailua-Kona, died Jan. 13, 2014, at her home. Born June 26, 1919, in Kealakekua, she was a homemaker, founding member of Kona Outdoor Circle and a lifetime member of Christ Church Episcopal.

Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua for an 11 a.m. service. Burial will be at the church cemetery. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Full Life, 75-5995 Kuakini Highway, Suite 432, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 or to Christ Church Episcopal, P.O. Box 545, Kealakekua, HI 96750. Condolences may be sent to the Tyler Ohana, P.O. Box 129, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745.

She is survived by sons, Curtis (Lesley) Tyler and Charles Tyler, both of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Elizabeth (Wick) Rice of Holualoa; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Betty Nelson

Betty Chan Nui Nelson, 92, of Honalo died Dec. 28, 2013, at Kona Community Hospital. Born July 10, 1921, in Hilo, she was a bookkeeper at the former King Kamehameha Hotel and Teshima’s Restaurant, a postal clerk at the Holualoa post office, a library clerk at Holualoa Public Library and a coffee picker.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. Feb. 8 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Holualoa for a 10 a.m. service. Interment will be held at Punchbowl Cemetery. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

She is survived by son, Bruce (Marcia) Nelson of Honalo; daughter, Betty Toylyn (Rick) Collier of Moses Lake, Wash.; brother, Ernest Chan Nui of Wenatchee, Wash.; sisters, Elizabeth (Bill) Corley of Texas, Marietta (Donald) Alicuben of Hilo; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ralph Nakagawa

Ralph Akio Nakagawa, 82, of Kailua-Kona died Dec. 27, 2013, in Honolulu. Born Sept. 20, 1931, in Honolulu, he was a retired employee of American Honda Motor Corp. and member of Hope Chapel Kailua-Kona.

Friends may call at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hope Chapel Kailua-Kona, which meets in the Hualalai Academy Bridge Building, for a 5 p.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn and no flowers.

He is survived by wife, Dianne Nakagawa of Kailua-Kona; sons, Rallen (Faith) Nakagawa of Newbury Park, Calif., Ryan (Linda) Nakagawa of Mission Viejo, Calif.; brother, James Nakagawa of Los Angeles; sisters, Edna Tanouye of Honolulu, Ethel (Roy) Higa of Pepeekeo, Jean (Paul) Yoshimura and Helen Wong, both of Kaneohe, Oahu, Beatrice (Robert) Nakamoto of Vancouver, Wash.; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Edwin Keohohou

Edwin Jack Keohohou, 65, of Kawaihae died Dec. 30, 2013, at his home. Born March 1, 1948, in Honolulu, he was a retired structural ironworker and an Army veteran.

Friends may call at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at Mililani Mortuary, Mauka Chapel for a 9:30 a.m. service. Family requests casual attire be worn.

He is survived by brothers, Henry Keohohou Jr. of Kawaihae, Melvin Keohohou of Honolulu, Steven (Vicky) Keohohou of California, David Keohohou of Honolulu, Edward Keohohou of Georgia; sisters, Arden Victor of Honolulu, Sandra Cote of Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Joseph Tormey Jr.

Joseph Tormey Jr., 76, of Land O’Lakes, Fla., died Dec. 26, 2013. Born in Baltimore, he was a retired investment broker and corporate vice president of A.G. Edwards &Sons Inc. in Florida and an Army veteran.

Friends may call at 10:30 a.m. March 8 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. for a service. Burial follows in Clearwater, Fla. Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project online at wondedwarriorproject.org or mailed to 4899 Belfort Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Condolences may be posted at loylessfuneralhome.com.

He is survived by wife, Linda Tormey; three sons; two daughters; brother, John Tormey of Los Angeles; eight grandchildren.

Arrangements by Loyless Funeral Home.

Leonard Chow

Leonard Yet Num Chow, 89, of Hilo died Jan. 6, 2014, at his residence. Born in Hilo, he was retired from Hawaiian Equipment and United Airlines, was past president and member of the Hilo Chinese Cemetery Association and member of Hilo Bon Dance Club.

Private services were held. Family requests no flowers or monetary gifts.

He is survived by wife, Gertrude Chow of Hilo; son, Leonard Chow of Hilo; sisters, Margaret Mochizuki of Arizona, Blossom Lee of Las Vegas, Bette Chow of Honolulu; brother, Donald (Ethel) Chow of Honolulu; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Barbara Rodriquez

Barbara Ann Rodriquez, 73, of Pahoa died Jan. 20, 2014, at home. Born Nov. 7, 1940, in Paul, Idaho, she was a former manager and employee at Ghost Mountain Resort in Pollock Pines, Calif.

Private services will be held.

She is survived by husband, Richard Rodriquez of Pahoa; sons, Ricky Rodriquez and Kierdan Ward, both of Pahoa, Monty Whitaker of Placerville, Calif., Troy (Carla) Whitaker of Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughters, Carrie Rodriquez of Pahoa, Valerie (Floyd) Goodwin of Rigby, Idaho; sisters, Dixie Williams of Missouri, Karen Lobough of California; brothers, Bill (Ronnie) Loftin and Jim (Mary) Loftin, both of California; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Frank Trusty

Frank Leo Trusty, 39, of Ocean View died Dec. 25, 2013, at Kona Community Hospital. Born April 23, 1974, in Tooele, Utah, he was a craftsman.

Private services will be held.

He is survived by sons, Gregory Gallian of Tooele, Utah, Little Leo of Ogden, Utah, Victor Bue and Hunter Bue, both of West Valley, Utah; daughter, Taylor-Nicole Trusty of West Valley, Utah; mother, Kathy Trusty of Tooele, Utah; sister, Leslie Molgard-Combs of Ocean View; maternal grandfather, Jose Espinoza of Tooele, Utah; one grandson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.