Shiyoji Kawabata


Shiyoji “Stogie” Kawabata


Shiyoji was born in Fife, WA to Chojiro and Hana Kawabata. He passed away peacefully at his home in Des Moines, WA on July 1, 2021 at the age of 93.

He went to Fife High School and Edison Technical School where he received his Machinist training.  He worked at Totem Pontiac in Seattle and then at Valley Pontiac GMC in Auburn until he retired. He wanted ”CHANGE YOUR OIL’ engraved on his headstone.  Fishing and hunting were his passion most of his life.  Fish from Mexico to Alaska were fair game. 

He is survived by his wife, Pat, sons Raymond and Darren (Tracy),daughters Gerrie,Mari Fujita, and Diane (Dave), grandchildren Kyle, Kimi, Brick,Milloy, Tatum, Jason, and sister Hime Suyematsu.

Private memorial and burial services were held at Washington Memorial Park.

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