Ken Namba, 90, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., currently residing in assisted living at Adams Place in Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. He was born in Dee, Ore., and was a World War II Army veteran, MIS Division. He was the son of Seizaburo and Miyoshi Ashida Namba, who immigrated from Okayama, Japan, in 1917.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Emily Brewer Namba, from Sylacauga, Ala. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon N. and Allan Steelman, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two grandsons from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas: Christopher Boyd and his wife, Shannan, and their children, Christian and Matthew, and Ken Boyd and his wife, Nikki, and their sons, Dayton and Jackson; and granddaughter, Kimberly Boyd Tenney, and her daughter and son, Lauren and Chase, from Fairview, Tenn.; brother, Mark, from Hood River, Ore.; sisters Mae Unno, from Los Angeles, Calif., Naomi Yagi, from Sacramento, Calif., and Lilly Ogawa, from Sanger, Calif.
Ken graduated from both the University of Alabama and Auburn, and worked as a chemical engineer with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., at K-25 in 1952; he also worked at X-10 and Y-12 before retiring in 1984.
Visitation with family will take place from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, with a memorial service at 7 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn., at Woodfin Memorial Chapel; (615) 459-3254, www.woodfinchapel.com.
Interment will be Saturday, Feb. 7, with visitation with family from 3-5 p.m., at Oak Ridge Memorial Park, 1501 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. In lieu of flowers, family requests a donation to the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213-625-0414; toll-free: 800-461-5266.
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