Henry (Hank) Ishida


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March 3, 1925 ~ January 6, 2018

Henry (Hank) Ishida, age 92, a World War II veteran, passed away January 6, 2018, at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.

Henry was born in Brawley, CA on March 3, 1925 to Kuro and Kazuno (Yamamoto) Ishida. At the age of sixteen, Henry and his family were placed in a Japanese relocation camp in Arizona. Eventually, Hank was drafted and began serving in the Army; he was a light machine gunner. Hank earned a Parachutist Badge, an American Theater Ribbon and a Good Conduct Medal. He also served in Nuremberg, Germany during the trials. After receiving an Honorable Discharge and returning to the U.S., he held many different jobs. Henry went to cosmetology school and worked in that field for many years. Then he became a poultry technician and was working at the McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa before stopping due to ill health.

Hank had many favorite past times, including going to the horse races, golfing, and cooking.

Hank is survived by his wife of 44 years, Irene Thompson-Ishida, Sioux Falls; Irene’s children, Mark (Paula) Thompson, Chuck (Michele) Thompson, and Jodie (Mark) Lundy, all in Sioux Falls; thirteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Sheila Toyota and family; brothers-in-law, Paul Ohi, of California, Charles Neve, of Sioux Falls; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Clyde and Nancy Neve; nephew Mark Ohi, of California; many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Masako Ishida and Yasuko Ohi, of California; step-daughter, Lynnae Clark, of Sioux Falls; brothers-in-law, Jerry Neve and Frank Clyde.

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  • Evelyn Mouw says:

    Irene and family I am so sorry for your loss. Recently your daughter and now your husband, please know my prayers are with you all.
    My sympathy, Evelyn

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