Akio Roy Kimura

1922 ~ 2008

Akio Roy Kimura passed away April 8, 2008, from complications of Parkinson's disease. A man of industry and integrity, he was the sixth of eight children born in Oroville, California, November 13, 1922 to immigrant parents, Manzo Kimura and Chiyono Otsuka, from Japan. His parents passed away in California. He, along with most of his brothers and sisters, were uprooted, relocated, and interned at Topaz, Utah by the US Government.

Upon his release from Topaz, Aki worked in the turkey industry in Sanpete County. He met Wilma (Mikayo) Waki and they were married Sept. 11, 1948 in Evanston, Wyoming. He stayed and settled in Salt Lake City. During the early 50's he drove stunt cars for Joie Chitwood Auto Daredevils and was billed as the ace from Japan. He worked in the produce division of Associated Foods for 35 years. He was a man of fierce loyalty and supported his family in all their endeavors. He was a scout leader for many years, working with boys in the Japanese Christian Church. He enjoyed boxing, hunting, fishing, camping, and trips to Las Vegas.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; children: Larry (Susan), West Jordan; Shirley (Kerry) Mayhew, West Jordan; Lori and Rusty, Salt Lake City; and five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren; brothers: (Rusty) Robert Torao, Manhattan Beach, California; Tony, Chicago, and sister: Ann (Natsue) Taketoshi, Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Shig (Shigeo) and Tom (Hideo), sisters: Alice (Hatsue) and Harriett.

The family expressed appreciation and gratitude to the caring staff at the Avalon Rehabilitation Center and Vista Care Hospice.

All services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary and Cemetery, 3115 East Bengal Blvd. (7800 South). Funeral will be Monday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be Sunday, April 13th 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow the services. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.memorialutah.com