1929 – 2016

We regret to announce the passing of Kiyo Ohashi at the age of 86 years on Friday, January 15, 2016. He died peacefully in Hospice, surrounded by his family.

Kiyo is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Hanako (Ruby); children: Lawrence (Phylliss) and Jane of Vernon, Vicky (Ken Alcock) of Kenora, ON, and Linda (Grant Gueho) of New Westminster; grandchildren: Brent (Alycia) Ohashi of Vernon, Brad (Vashti) Ohashi of Armstrong, Lisa Tetz of Abbotsford, Jessica Tetz, and Joe Tetz of Vernon; as well as two great-grandsons, Kiyoshi and Benji Ohashi of Vernon. He is also survived by his brothers, Min (Masaye) and Art (Mitzi) of Vernon, and sister, Aiko Nakagawa of Salmon Arm, as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.

Kiyo was predeceased by his parents, Jujiro and Toki Ohashi; his brothers, Shigeo and Jyoji; and sister-in-law, Hariye Ohashi; and brother-in-law, Mike Nakagawa.

Kiyo was born in Mission, BC on November 12, 1929. His parents ran a chicken and fruit farm before the war, but then were evacuated to Lillooet, and after the war moved to Vernon. Kiyo married Ruby on January 7, 1955.

In July, 1943, Kiyo’s older brothers started a contract logging business called Ohashi Bros. Logging Ltd., and Kiyo, and then Art, joined them a few years later. During Kiyo’s logging career, he cleared bush and made logging roads. He retired around the age of 80, as he loved to be involved with the daily activities of the business.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard Harper, the doctors at the cancer clinic in Kelowna, the staff at Emergency and 2 East at VJH, and the staff and volunteers at Hospice. We appreciate the wonderful care Kiyo received.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make donations to: Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, North Okanagan Hospice Society, the Vernon Buddhist Temple, or a charity of their choice.

Memorial service will be held at the Vernon Japanese Cultural Society at 4895 Bella Vista Road, Vernon, BC at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 22, 2016. Refreshments will follow immediately after the service at the same location.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME, 4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4 Phone: (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at

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