Longtime Delta County resident Yoshio "Yo" Tanihara died at his home in Cory Dec. 24, 2012. He was 88.
At his request, no services will be held.
Yoshio Tanihara was born to Kisaku and Tamayo (Dehari) Tanihara on Feb. 25, 1924, in Florin, Calif. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Florin.
Mr. Tanihara was in the Japanese American internment camps. Upon dissolution of the camps he served in the U.S. Army. During the Korean Conflict he served as an intelligence officer.
On Dec. 26, 1956, he married Toyoko Wakamoto in Las Vegas, Nev. They lived in Garden Grove, Calif., before moving to Cory in 1970. The couple would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this month.
The Taniharas owned and operated H & Y Garden Shop in Delta and Cory until retirement in 1997. Mr. Tanihara also ran a lawn mower and small engine repair shop for many years.
He enjoyed being a husband, father and grandfather, gardening, snowmobiling and bonsai, the art of miniature trees. He was a member of the Florin Buddhist Church in Florin, Calif.
Mr. Tanihara is survived by his wife, Toyoko Tanihara of Cory; two daughters, Cynthia Perkins of Anaheim, Calif., and Joyce Tanihara and Art Trevena of Cedaredge; a son, Jason Tanihara, his wife Verona and their son Sid of Novato, Calif.; and one brother, Ray Tanihara and his wife May of Vallejo, Calif.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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