Joe Atsumi Yamakido passed away on Feb. 21, 2014 in Hiouchi, Calif., surrounded by his family. He was 91. Joe was a former internee at Tule Lake and the lone resister at Jerome. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Haruo, Masaharu and Tadao; his ex-wife Aki; and his beloved daughter, Coleen. He is survived by his sisters Chidori and Akiko; sons Steve Osawa, Wayne (Linda) and Tyler and daughters Aileen Sanchez (Ernie) and Laureen; 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA. Cremation is being handled by Redwood Care in Crescent City, CA. Condolences can be expressed at The family suggests that any memorial donations be made in Joe’s honor to the Densho Japanese American Legacy Project ( or the Japanese American National Museum ( (866) 469-9112

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