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Robert Sumio Sakai

July 25, 1922 - December 13, 2013
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Robert, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, died quietly in the early morning of Friday, December 13, 2013, after a long and challenging illness lasting over three years. Born in Del Rey to George and Grace Sakai, he was the second of their five children. He attended school in Del Rey and in nearby Selma until his grandparents chose to take him with them to Japan to become familiar with the Japanese culture. Luckily, he managed to board the last boat back to America before the outbreak of World War II. He re-enrolled and graduated from Selma High School. With others of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, his...
Robert, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, died quietly in the early morning of Friday, December 13, 2013, after a long and challenging illness lasting over three years.



Born in Del Rey to George and Grace Sakai, he was the second of their five children. He attended school in Del Rey and in nearby Selma until his grandparents chose to take him with them to Japan to become familiar with the Japanese culture. Luckily, he managed to board the last boat back to America before the outbreak of World War II. He re-enrolled and graduated from Selma High School. With others of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, his family was evacuated to internment camps farther inland when the War began. Later, allowed to leave the Gila, AZ camp, he went to Minnesota to attend St. Thomas College and the University of Minnesota. After his family returned to California, he finished his career at Fresno State College.



Drafted into the military, he took intensive Japanese language classes and served as interpreter in the Intelligence Service. After discharge, he returned home and went to work for his dad, assisting in the management of Payless Market in Fresno, later assuming its full management.



Aside from occasional fishing jaunts to Pine Flat, Bob's greatest joy was spending time with his wife Toshi and his daughters Carrie and Leslie, sneaking a few days' vacation to Pismo Beach or Yosemite, maybe even an occasional night at the ball park.



Bob was a long and loyal member of the West Fresno Rotary International, serving as president for a time. After retirement, he derived much satisfaction in participating as an active member of the United Japanese Christian Church, contributing much time and energy toward its various programs.



He will be deeply missed by all those who grew to know and respect this very caring, patient, thoughtful, and generous man. His passing leaves a painful void in the lives of his family, wife Toshi; two daughters, Carrie and Leslie; sister Janice; his two grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.



Visitation will take place at Lisle Funeral Home on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.



A memorial service will be held at the United Japanese Christian Church on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 11:00 am.



In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to UJCC, 136 N. Villa, Clovis, Ca 93612.

"I will forever forever miss Bob. He was a very loving and dear sweet gentlemen. Im very blessed to have had him in my life. Farwell for now dear sweet man. ..." Jennifer Major (fresno, CA)

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