George Atsushi Tamura, 93, died April 9, 2009, at his home in Odell, Ore. The eldest son of Katsusaburo and Michi Tamura, George was born in Portland on June 15, 1915. Three years later, the family moved to Hood River, raising strawberries, pears, apples, peaches and cherries in Oak Grove and Odell. Brothers Harry and Oscar and sister Alice joined George in helping their parents on the family farm.
George graduated from Odell High School. While his family was incarcerated at Pinedale Assembly Center, Tule Lake and Minidoka concentration camps, George worked as a mechanic.
On May 21, 1949, George married Hisako Kaku and they farmed in Payette, Idaho, until 1951. They moved to Hood River and farmed in Odell until 1955 at which time George began farming in Parkdale where they lived until 1986.
George enjoyed working in his orchard and driving the crop to the packing house for many years when his son assumed the orchard operation. In his retirement years, he and Hisako spent many hours caring for their grandchildren, including attending their various sporting and school events.
They knew they could always count on grandpa for taking them wherever they needed to be and were always enveloped by his boundless love for them.
George is survived by wife Hisako; daughter Patty Gilkerson of Hood River, son Ken and daughter-in-law Nancy, of Hood River; grandchildren Trista Tamura and husband Greg Guenther of Tucson, Ariz., Trevor Tamura of Lake Oswego; Ian Gilkerson of Lynnwood, Wash, Ryan Gilkerson of Hood River, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Respecting his wishes, family members will share their memories at a private family remembrance of his life. Interment will be at Idlewilde Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the FJC/Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031 or online at http://liddyshriversarcomainitiative.org/.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the guest book for family.
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