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Information for Richard Hideo Okumoto
7 January, 1924 - 5 January, 1993
The Idaho Press-Tribune
January, 1993

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Richard Okumoto
    Richard Hideo Okumoto, 68, of Nampa, went peacefully to meet the Lord on Tuesday, January 5, 1993, after a short but valiant battle with cancer.  He had accepted the Lord and was at peace with himself.  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1993, at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, with Rev. Allen Nelson of Caldwell officiating.  Services will conclude at the chapel with .private interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
    Richard was born in Idaho Falls on January 7, 1924, to Nizo and Kikue Okumoto.  He moved with his family to the Nampa area at an early age, and has been a resident of the Boise Valley ever since.  Richard was plagued with eye problems his entire life, and he faced this challenge with the same courage and determination that he showed all other adversity.  Through his lifetime he underwent a total of 33 eye surgeries, 13 of them corneal transplants.  In spite of this, he farmed until 1964 when he purchased a family billiards parlor in Caldwell.  Eye problems forced him to sell this business in 1965 and he entered vocational training through Idaho's Commission for the Blind.
    In 1969 he assumed proprietorship of the cafeteria in the Len B. Jordan office building in Boise and ran it successfully for many years.  In later years he entered semiretirement, servicing vending machines in the Hall of Mirrors building until 1992, when ill health forced him to retire.
    Throughout his life, Richard's great passion in life was fishing.  For the last 25 years he had been an avid fly fisherman, enjoying the freedom of a float tube.  In later years he enjoyed following the accomplishments of his great-niece and great-nephew, Megan and Trent, as they participated in 4-H, athletics and FFA activities.
    He is survived by a sister, Rose Old of Caldwell; a brother, Kiyoshi of Wickenberg, Arizona, and a nephew whom he helped raise, Steve, and his wife, Tish Old, and their children, Megan and Trent of Nampa.
    He was preceded in death by his parents.
    The family suggests that memorials be made to Idaho's Commission for the Blind, 341 W. Washington, Boise, ID 83702; or Mercy Medical Center's Hospice Program, 1512 12th Ave. Road, Nampa, 1D 83686.

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