TAPS:  Takeshi Tom "Tak" Yamada of Simi Valley, CA on 10-Sep-2008 (Army Vet) 
Takeshi "Tak" Tom Yamada passed away peacefully on the evening of Sept. 10, 2008, at his residence in Simi Valley.
Takeshi is survived by his wife, Toyoko May (Kitamura); daughters, Kumiko (Tim) Yuge of Simi Valley, Naomi of New Jersey and Harumi of Simi Valley. He also leaves behind sister, Miyoko (Haruto) Oshima of Whittier; brothers, Norio (Yoshiko) of Sacramento, George (Sheryl) of West Los Angeles, and Bobby (Priscilla) of Pasco, Wash.; brother-in-law, Glen (Mira) Kitamura of Toronto, Canada; as well as three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Takeshi was born in Gardena, Calif., prior to World War II, and his father had a successful produce trucking business and then was a vegetable farmer in the Los Angeles area. Immediately following the start of World War II, his family was able to avoid the Japanese-American Internment camps by quickly relocating to Greeley, Colo., where his father took odd jobs, including farm labor, so that they could survive those years of displacement. After the end of the war, his family moved back to Southern California, where Takeshi graduated from La Puente High School in 1953 and later graduated from Mount San Antonio College. While in school, he and his siblings helped their father with the family gardening business in La Puente.

Takeshi served in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s and then was employed in the aerospace industry for many years until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure, he worked on many projects such as military transport airplanes and current bomber planes. Takeshi and Toyoko were married in 1961, and his worked placed him in many places, such as South Dakota, Kansas, Lompoc (California) and the Southern California area. He and his wife eventually settled in Simi Valley in 1969, where they raised their three daughters. Takeshi was fond of the outdoors, where he would spend time with his friend rock hunting, and he also enjoyed going on monthly outings to the casinos at Laughlin with his wife or other friends. Above all, he was a devoted husband and father, as he was most concerned about the welfare of his wife and daughters.

A viewing for Mr. Yamada will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Rose Family Funeral Home, 4444 Cochran St., Simi Valley, CA 93063, to be followed by funeral services that evening from 7 p.m. at the San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 9450 Renick Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331.
Funeral arrangements are conducted by the Rose Family Funeral Home of Simi Valley.