Information for Bill T. Nishioka
8 May, 1913 - 5 April, 1992
From The Idaho Press-Tribune
April, 1992

Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Bill T. Nishioka
    Bill T. Nishioka, 78, of Ontario, formerly of Caldwell, died Sunday, April 5, 1992, at an Ontario hospital.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, April 10, 1992, at the United Methodist Church, 824 E. Logan St., Caldwell, Idaho, Pastor Rand D. Sargent of Amity United Methodist Church, Boise, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Middleton Cemetery, Middleton.
    Bill was born on May 8, 1913, at Parma, the son of Japanese immigrants, Tom Taisuke and Takino Takagawa Nishioka from Hiroshima, Japan.  Bill was educated in Middleton schools and attended the College of Idaho where he played football and baseball.  He married Etsu Miyagawa on November 12, 1942, at Spokane, Washington.  They were active in the Japanese American Citizens Club and the early Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).  They enjoyed bowling, fishing and watching their son, Jon, play ball.  Bill began his farming career as a boy assisting his father on the truck farm delivering produce to the Emmett, Nampa and Caldwell conununities; and then worked the family farm.  Later with his brother and nephew they formed the Middleton Farms; and, retired from fanning in 1976.
    Bill loved sports. He was a devoted University of Idaho Vandal booster as well as relentless fan of the Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox.  He plaYed tennis, participated in Judo and gaming; and excelled in football and baseball.  His baseball career, that spanned four decades, began as a young teenager on the Middleton Town Team.  He was a member of the original Boise Valley Ashi Baseball Team in the Idaho-Intermountain League, which was predominately made up of Japanese-American ball players.  The zenith of his career came as second baseman for the semi-pro team.  The Boise Senators of the Border League.  He later shifted to softball, playing for the Hoff Building Supply Team of Caldwell.  Interest in athletics extended to coaching and umpiring for area youth beaseball programs.  He was among the charter members of the Middleton Boosters Club that built the High School football field and lighted both the football/baseball fields.  He was also among the group of farmers who assisted with the original ground work on the Purple Sage Golf Course.
    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Georgia Nishioka of Ontario; a daughter, Anita Nishioka Castello of Boise; a nephew and his wife, Paul and Janet Okamura Jr. of Middleton; a sister, Grace Sakura of Seattle, Washington; a brother, Max Nishioka of Middleton; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
    He was also preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and a brother.
    Memorials may be made to the University of Idaho Vandal Booster, care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661
    Bill's family will receive friends today from 4 to 9 p.m. at the home of Paul and Janet Okamura, 13998 Highway 44, on Highway 44 between Caldwell and Middleton.
    Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.


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