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August 14, 1920 – November 20, 2021

Edy was born on August 14, 1920, in Seattle, WA. After graduating from Highline High School, he worked at the Civilian Conservation Camp. In 1942, he was removed to Tule Lake War Relocation Camp and later sent to the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. While there, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and was sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for two weeks training before being sent to Europe to fight in WWII. Colonel Kai Rasmussen promoted Edy to Sergeant First Class. He was assigned to Company King, 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team, Apo 464 France and Italy.

Edy was awarded four medals from the U.S. government: two Purple Hearts, one Bronze Star, and the Congressional Gold Medal. He received his honorary discharge from the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis in 1946. In 1952, he entered the University of Washington, received a B.A. degree and taught Art at Seattle Community College. In 1959, he returned to the University of Washington to receive his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. That same year, he married Norigiku, who had just graduated from the U.W.

Edy’s art is kept in a permanent collection at the Henry Art Gallery and Seattle Art Museum. From 1964 to 1972 he received Visiting Professorship from Tokyo, Japan. Edy taught Business English at the University in Tokyo, Japan. In Japan, he studied Japanese Flower Arrangement and received the Certificate of Professorship. He also studied Jodoshu Sect Buddhism for seven years and received the Buddhist Priest Certification. In 1972, Edy returned to the U.S. from Japan, and started to work at the Boeing Company in the Art Department. He retired from Boeing in 1987.

Edy passed away peacefully on the morning of November 20, 2021 with Norigiku by his side. Edy is survived by his loving wife, Norigiku, and his Kitayama nieces and nephews in California. A private memorial service was held December 14th 2021 at the Tahoma National Cemetery.

November 4, 1927 – January 16, 2022

John Hisashi Matsumoto of Mercer Island, WA, passed away at age 94 on January 16, 2022. John was born on November 4, 1927, raised on Beacon Hill, incarcerated at Minidoka, married his wife Sadako, and was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish. We excerpted the following from “A Message from the Rector” of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church:

“John was a recognized leader in the Nikkei community in the Puget Sound region. From 1963-1964, he served as Commander of the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC). He was also an active member and Chapter President in 1976 of the Settle Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Seeing a need for a Nikkei voice on the East Side, John helped recruit new members and in 1981, under the sponsorship of the Seattle JACL, the Lake Washington chapter was chartered. John served as its first President.”

“Outside of volunteering for the Nisei Vets, JACL, and St. Peter’s, John took great pleasure in fishing, golfing, bowling, and Sadako’s Japanese cooking. Those who knew him will never forget his wry sense of humor and cheerful smile, his optimistic worldview, his generous spirit, and his commitment to family and faith.”