George Akiyama

George Akiyama U.S. Veteran

November 14, 1919 - September 9, 2010

George Akiyama went to be with the Lord on Sept. 9, 2010. He passed away at Parkhurst House in Hood River, Ore.
George was born Nov. 14, 1919, one of five children born to Tomeshichi and Itsu Akiyama. He grew up on a farm in Oak Grove where he would return after World War II to begin his career as an orchardist.
While in the Army he was a part of the famous all-Japanese American 442nd Infantry where their slogan was “Go For Broke.” He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star Medal for his bravery in combat and meritorious service.
George is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Hood River; two sons, Gary Akiyama and his wife, Anne, of Camas, Wash., and Wesley Akiyama, of Yakima, Wash.; sister, Kiyo Ichikawa, of Owego, N.Y.; brothers Nobi and his wife, Florence Akiyama, and Sab and his wife, Betty Akiyama, of Hood River; grandchildren Kimberly, Amy, David and Katy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Henry and sister-in-law Grace, both of Juneau, Alaska, and brother-in-law Tom Ichikawa, of Owego, N.Y.
A service to honor George is planned for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Friends are invited to greet with family during a time of viewing Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson’s. Private graveside rites will proceed at Idlewilde Cemetery.
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 to leave a note of condolence for family.


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