The lives of Robert Masato and Koko Hirashima, long-time residents of Torrance, will be celebrated at Green Hills Memorial Chapel on Saturday, October 3rd, at 11:00.
Bob was a Sansei who was born in Woodland, CA in 1932. He joined the United States Air Force and while stationed in Tokyo, he met Koko. Bob proudly defended democracy in the Korean War and continued to serve for 22 years until his retirement in 1972. Koko was born in Akita, Japan in 1936. On September 15th, they were to celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary.
Bob passed away on July 28th (83) and was joined by Koko on September 2nd (79). They are survived by daughter Patricia Sayumi Tachibana (George), son Leonard Daisuke (Angel), daughter Joy Masayo Dalbey (Mitch), daughter Amy Rika Blome (Dave), eleven grandchildren, and 3 1/2 great-grandchildren.