IN LOVING MEMORY
George Kazumi Ozaki
George Kazumi Ozaki, 94 of Pacific Grove, California, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 3, 2022 at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, California. He touched many lives with his kindness, generosity, and sense of humor.
George was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ichitaro and Kiyoko Ozaki. He grew up on the grounds of the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu. He graduated from McKinley High School, where he and a group of friends created the Keiki Kane Club, whose members maintained their friendship throughout their lives.
After graduation, he enlisted in the Military Intelligence Service and served at the Language School at the Presidio of Monterey, California. He then attended Indiana Tech, where he earned a Bachelors in Science in Engineering and experienced living in snow for the first time. While at Indiana Tech, he and several classmates formed the Hawaiian Engineers Club. George worked as an engineer, including 30 years at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. in Sunnyvale, California.
After being introduced on a blind date, he fell in love and married the love of his life, Kikue, at the Chapel of the Roses in San Diego, California. George and Kikue had three children. The couple raised their family and resided in Sunnyvale, California for 53 years.
George was a kind, generous man, devoted to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and sharing new experiences with family and friends, once bringing his family to a Basque restaurant in Reno to share a communal table with local sheep farmers. A favorite trip was one to Japan with wife Kikue, and lifelong friends Harry and Barbara London. George and Kikue continued to travel, enjoying trips to Alaska and Nova Scotia, and sharing campfire games with their RV friends from Bridges Community Church in Los Altos, California. He and Kikue traveled frequently to northern California to see their first granddaughter, Meiwan, perform in dance recitals and watch her grow up to be an accomplished young woman. Recently, George enjoyed spending time with his youngest granddaughter, Maggie, watching her grow up to be an energetic toddler who adored him.
George enjoyed sports, including badminton, softball, bowling, golf, and walking. He was the oldest participant in the 2018 Run in the Name of Love race in Carmel, California, at the age of 90. Recently, he earned six medals by completing virtual challenges, walking locally and tracking progress on interactive maps, including challenges to the top of Mt. Fuji and across the U.S. on Route 66.
George is predeceased by Kikue Ozaki, his wife of 60 years, who passed away on July 29, 2017, his parents Ichitaro and Kiyoko Ozaki, and sister Michiye Nakamoto. He is survived by his brother Wilfred Shigeyuki Ozaki and spouse June Ozaki, daughter Loreen Ozaki, spouse Christopher Laing, daughter Sharon Yumi Ozaki, spouse Aaron Gottschalk, son Loren Ozaki, and spouse Emily Sporck. George is survived by two granddaughters, Meiwan Gottschalk and Magnolia Ozaki. George’s generous spirit and love of life will be missed by all who knew him. His loving devotion and sense of humor live on in his many friends and family.
A virtual celebration of life will be held on April 23, 2022 at 3:30 PM PDT.
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