Isamu Abo "Sam" – 95, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 25. He was born on a farm in Paul, Idaho on November 14, 1917. He was the 6th of 8 children. He attended the University of Idaho earning a Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Art in 1940. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and eventually was assigned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Battalion, one of the most highly decorated units in U.S. Military History. On November 2, 2011, the men of the 442nd and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C.
Sam married Ameria Hachiya while on leave in 1944. After serving in WWII and earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he returned to Idaho to farm. In 1953, Sam packed up his family and moved to Denver to be an owner in a Frontier gas station and garage that he operated for 26-1/2 years before retiring.
His wife, Ameria, two sisters in Japan, sister Yoneko, and brother Tad precede him in death. He is survived by brothers Tom, George, Roy; daughter Janice; sons Ronald (Lisa) and Bruce (Cecelia); grandchildren Tamiko (Tony) Setter, Reiko (Bryan) Morrison, Ryan, Emily, and Ian and 4 great grandchildren.
Visitation , May 7 from 4-6 p.m. and one hour prior to service on May 8 from 9-10 a.m. Funeral service to begin at 10 a.m. with committal to follow, all at Olinger Highland, 10201 Grant Ave., Thornton, CO. Lunch reception to follow at Dragon Wall Buffet, 9931 Grant Street. In lieu of flowers and condolence gifts, please consider donating to the Hospice of St. John, 1320 Everett Ct., Lakewood, Colorado 80215.