Obituaries - August 23

Harry Iwatsuki

Hood River resident Harry Yutaka Iwatsuki died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 86 years of age.

Private family services were observed with placement at Idlewild Cemetery.

Harry Iwatsuki was born May 21, 1917, in Odell, Ore., to Charles K. and Shizue (Imai) Iwatsuki. Following his education in the Hood River Valley. Mr. Iwatsuki graduated from Oregon State University and University of Nebraska with degrees in Science and Mechanical Engineering.

Upon his return from WWII, where he served in the U.S. Army, Mr. Iwatsuki worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in Boise, Idaho. In 1942 Harry married Kyoko Hammamura in Reno, Nev. He and his wife returned to the Hood River Valley in 1951.

Together they owned and operated Iwatsuki Orchards from 1951 until his retirement in 1982. In his retirement Harry enjoyed golfing and fishing. He was also a member of the Hood River Lions since the 1970’s, the Historical Society and JACL since 1933.

Mr. Iwatsuki is survived by his wife Kyoko Iwatsuki, sons Harry “Rocky” Iwatsuki, Jr. and Courtney “Corey” Iwatsuki.

Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Helen Bocchio

Helen Bocchio passed away Aug. 14, 2003, at the Hood River Care Center at the age of 94. Private family services were held.

Helen was born April l9, 1909, to John and Barbara (Sotak) Dudasik in Clifton, N.J., where she lived and attended schools until her marriage to Aldo Bocchio in 1930. They lived in Haledon, N.J., until their retirement when they moved to Seminole, Fla. Helen moved to Hood River to be near her family in 2000.

Helen and Al enjoyed traveling and she was interested in politics most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-Iaw, Alice and Timothy Facteau of Hood River, Ore.; grandson and his wife, Donald and Kathi Facteau of Forest Grove, Ore.; and granddaughter and her husband, Elaine and Christopher Walker of Odell, Ore. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren: Cody and Kameron Walker of Odell, Ore., Samantha Facteau, and step-great-grandson, Jason van Worn of Forest Grove, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Gerald Dixon

Gerald Evan Dixon, a native of Hood River, died Aug. 18, 2003, of heart failure in Phuket, Thailand. He was 68 years of age.

Gerald was born May 1, 1935, in The Dalles, Ore., to Floyd and Glaydes Dixon. He attended Frankton Grade School and graduated from Hood River High School in 1953. He received his B.S. degree in geology from Fresno State College. He was stationed in France while serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then upon his discharge he remained in Europe where he was employed by Petro Consultants, an international geological firm headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. He married Heidi Dill of Celle, Germany, on March 1, 1964.

For several years the family resided in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, while he represented his company. He and his family frequently visited the Hood River area. Gerald traveled extensively throughout the world, both professionally and for pleasure.

He had a great appreciation for the many cultures he came to know. He was especially impressed with the people of Thailand.

Therefore, when he retired as CEO of his company he moved to Phuket, Thailand, where he established a corporation providing assistance to abandoned children living on the streets.

Gerald is survived by his daughter, Anja Dixon-Luthi, and her husband, Dr. Jon Luthi; son Michael and his wife Catherine, of Switzerland; former wife, Heidi, of Switzerland; brothers, Bob and Jim, of Portland; step-mother, Lucille Dixon, of Gresham; five grandchildren and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

A Buddhist cremation service is to be held on Aug. 24 in Phuket, Thailand, and his ashes will be scattered at sea.

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