Harry Hisashi Inukai, 87, passed away at his Hood River home on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, with family by his side. Harry was born March 5, 1922, in Dee, Ore., to Kazuo and Ishino (Ikegami) Inukai and grew up in Dee.
Harry graduated from Hood River High School in 1940. At the start of World War II, he and his family were transferred to the Tule Lake Internment Camp. From there he enlisted in the United States Army.
He was placed in the European Theater to serve in the 522 Field Artillery Battalion of the 442 Infantry, Headquarters Division; this battalion being one of the first to discover and liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp in April of 1945.
Shortly after the war, he remained in Germany as an Army of Occupation and helped prepare for the Nuremburg Trials.
In 1967, he married Shirley Ann Gretz and raised two daughters, Laura Ann and Arlene Kay. He was a member of the JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) and the local Hood River Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His hobbies included bowling and collecting items for resale, and he researched, wrote and published the Tule Lake Directory and Camp News in 1988.
In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by siblings Fumiko Wakamatsu, Tom Inukai and Kaoru Inukai, and granddaughter Hanna Franklin.
He is survived by Shirley Ann Gretz at their home in Hood River, Ore.; two daughters, Laura Inukai (and Mathew Kieran Dulin), of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Arlene Inukai (and Tod Franklin), of Toledo, Ore.; granddaughter Leah Franklin; and sisters Ruth (and Kennie) Namba and T.A. Yamasaki, of Portland, Ore.
Harry was an orchardist throughout his life and it was one of his last wishes to allow his fellow orchardists to finish harvest and hold a memorial following the harvest season.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Celebrant speaker and friend Bob Huskey will lead this celebration of Harry’s life. Military rites will be provided by the Oregon Honors Team.
Donations in memory of Harry Inukai can be made to Hospice of the Gorge and sent care of Anderson’s.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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