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L. 'Jim' Kawata
James L. ‘Jim’ Kawata, 59, of Grand Island, died Sunday,
February 26, 2012, at home.
A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 5 at All Faiths
Funeral Home. Dan Naranjo will officiate.
Jim was born April 10, 1952, at Ord, NE, the son of Jiro ‘Joe’ Kawata
and Dolores (Hurlbert) Kawata. He grew up in Grand Island, graduating
from Grand Island Senior High School in 1971.
He enjoyed golf, going to the horse races, tennis, hunting, collecting
stamps and coins, and enjoyed artwork, especially photography. Jim was
also active in little league baseball and was a coach for the youth basketball
at the YMCA.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Ryan and his
fiancé Jamie Swartz of Lincoln, Kayla and her husband Thomas Hudiburgh
of Ogallala, Justin Kawata of Grand Island and Nolan Kawata of Grand
Island; brothers and their wives, Jeff and Ann Kawata of Broken Bow and
David Kawata of Greeley, CO; and a sister and her husband, Cathy and
Ron Christensen of Grand Island.
Those also left to cherish his memory are a granddaughter, Halle Hudiburgh
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are suggested to the family.