Born: May 2, 1925
Death: March 5, 2012
Hobbies: Bowling, Wood working, gardening and his dogs
May 2, 1925 - March 5, 2012
Kennie Kenji Namba of Portland passed peacefully on March 5, 2012 surrounded by his family.
Kennie was a Japanese-American internment survivor and veteran of the 442 RCT "Go For Broke." He graduated from The University of Portland in '53 and worked at Pacific Power and Light for 30 years.
Kennie was a Blazer season ticket holder since '84, loved bowling, wood working, gardening, and his dogs. He and his wife Ruth lectured frequently to schools and universities about their internment experience.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters, Teresa Namba and Diane Namba-Welsick; grandchildren, Kaeti, Wesley, Rocky, and Bryana; great-grandchildren, Zoey, Aiden, and Grayson.
A viewing will be held on March 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Riverview Abbey.
Memorial service will be at New Hope Community Church, March 11, 3 p.m. There will be a private interment at Willamette National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kennie Namba scholarship fund at The University of Portland. Donations should be sent to the Office of Development with notation "in memory of Kennie Namba."