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October 6, 1925 – August 29, 2022

Ted Nakanishi, 96, passed away gently at his home in Bellevue after being discharged from the hospital following his third bout with pneumonia. He had time with his partner, Betty Yoshitake, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren before he passed.

Ted was born in Kent, WA to Masataro and Ume Nakanishi, who owned a dairy farm. He was the ninth child of ten.  His father passed when Ted was 7, leaving Ume to raise 10 children.  He was 16 when Executive Order 9066 ordered the family to be incarcerated in Tule Lake Incarceration Center where he graduated from Tri-State High School in 1943.  He also, fortunately, met his future wife, Kimiko Mitsui, there.

After leaving Tule Lake, Ted attended Montana State University where he played on their basketball team.  He then enlisted in the army and served in Korea.  After returning, he and Kimiko married in 1948 and settled on Beacon Hill.  They were married for 56 years until Kimiko passed in 2004.  Ted and his friends met every Saturday in their home on Bayview Street, where they formed the Bayview Golf Club. Golf was one of his passions.

After working in the floor covering business, he started his own floor covering distribution company in Duwamish.  He sold the business after 18 years and retired at age 71.  He enjoyed Hawaii and lived there part of the year after his retirement.  He continued golfing into his 90’s and also learned to play the ukulele. He almost always had a smile on his face and enjoyed talking to people whether he knew them or not.  He enjoyed learning about their lives, work, experiences and successes. 

Ted and Kimiko were active members and supporters of Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church.  He was also a life member of the Nisei Veterans Committee and served as commander in 1961. 

Ted is survived by his partner of 16 years, Betty Yoshitake; his daughter Sharon (Terry), son Gary, daughter-in-law Diana, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  A third great-grandchild was born two months after Ted passed.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kimiko, his son Steve, his great-grandchild Christian, and all 9 of his siblings (3 brothers and 6 sisters). Ted was the last Nisei of the Masataro Nakanishi family. He was loved and respected and is greatly missed.  May he be blessed and rest in peace always. 

A private memorial service for immediate family was held at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park. Remembrances may be made to Blaine Memorial UMC, 3001 24th Ave. So, Seattle, WA 98144 or Nisei Veterans Committee, 1212 S. King St., Seattle, WA 98144.