Hitoshi “Hit” Imai, 92, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Providence Down Manor in Hood River, Ore. Hit was born Aug. 12, 1921, to Tomoyoshi and Kotono Imai.
A Celebration of Life gathering is planned between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Drive, Hood River.
Hit grew up in Hood River and Dee areas and graduated at Hood River High School in 1938. After graduating he worked as an orchardist until retirement. He married Mary Kawachi in Hood River on Feb. 15, 1948.
Hit enjoyed bowling — scoring a 300 game in December 1961 — and fishing, and loved spending time with his six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Hit was a hard-working, strong and proud man, who always wore a smile.
Hit is survived and will be dearly missed by his sons, Ronald G. and his wife, Kathy, of Vancouver, Wash., D. Dale and his wife, Bobbie, of Vancouver, Wash., and Russel and his wife, Judy, of Tigard; brothers Shig and his wife, Mary, of Hood River, George and his wife, Sophie, of Hood River, and Tetsuo, of Placentia, Calif.; a sister, Aki, and her husband, Cliff Nakamura, of Hood River; and his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Imai.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in Hitoshi’s name to the American Cancer Society.
A private family inurnment will be held at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River.
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 andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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