Masao Ogawa passed away peacefully at Brookside Manor in Hood River, Ore., on April 6, 2018.
He was born Dec. 10, 1922, son of Tom and Sue Ogawa in Hood River. Both of his parents preceded him in death, as well as his sisters Heide Nakamura, Mary Itami, and Lois Okita, and his constant canine companion Nicki. Surviving him are sisters Kiyo Kamikawa and June Masatani, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was an uncle, great-uncle, and great-great uncle.
In May 1942, along with other Japanese-American citizens from Hood River, he and his family were evacuated to the Pinedale Assembly Center in Turlock, Calif., and later to the Tule Lake Center in Newell, Calif. In 1944, Mas was drafted into the U.S. Army while living in Cleveland, Ohio. He proudly served in the U.S. European Occupation Force in Germany. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he returned home to Hood River in 1946.
Mas had worked for Nickelsen Orchards since the early 1950s until he retired in 2005. During his career with Nickelsen Orchards, he supervised and aided the many groups of Nickelsen sponsored agricultural trainees from Japan to learn methods of fruit orchard propagation, care and techniques applied in the Hood River Valley.
Mas loved his Hood River community. He was a devoted volunteer firefighter with the West Side Fire Department and was honored by the State of Oregon Fire Marshall for his more than 60 years of service.
He will be greatly missed by many.
The family wishes to especially thank Bob and Shirley Nickelsen, Chris, Melanie, and Jessa Nickelsen, the late Randalyn Nickelsen-Clark and Steve Clark and the West Side Firefighters and EMTs for their many years of devoted friendship, inclusion, and caring. The family also appreciates the dedicated care given by the staffs at Providence Down Manor, Providence Brookside Manor, and Providence Hospice of the Gorge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made “In memory of Mas Ogawa” to the West Side Fire Department (1185 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR 97031).
A private graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Idlewilde Cemetery. A public reception and memorial luncheon will be held directly following the funeral service at noon at the West Side Fire Department Rockford Station, 4250 Barrett Drive, Hood River.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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