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“Pete is one of the very finest gentleman I have ever associated with. No words can possibly describe this remarkable man. His unique extreme talent...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Joe Haacke

“I worked with Pete's wife at Miami Valley Hospital for many years - they were such a special couple. Praying for the family during this time. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Vickie Riffell Edmonds

“Pete was a special man. He was kind, considerate of others, very talented, and brought happiness to so many people. He is a model for all of us. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Patrick J. Foley

“It's been over 50 years since I first met Pete & his family on Braddock Street in Kettering. I remember his art & I remember my father's...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Nils R. Bull Young

“May the nearness of God give you peace. ( Psalm 34 : 18 ). . . God is near to those that are broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: J P - Ohio

“I met Pete over 35 years ago and although I had not seen him in a number of years his friendship is a cherished memory. I still have his book Report...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: William N Hodges

“I only met Mr. Hironaka a few times, but as a kid growing up he was a celebrity in my home. I always looked forward to looking in the Journal Herald...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Ray York

“I only met Mr. Hironaka once. It was in the late '70's. Mr. Hironaka drew some characters at the beginning of my dad, Bill Hodges, public speaking...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Kenneth "Chip" Hodges

“I always remember Pete as one of the kindest and most considerate persons anyone could meet. A true gentle man. He enriched my life and always made...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Tim W. Hrastar

“As a silent admirer of Pete, his cartoons, sharp wit and delicate humor for many years, I consider his passing as closing of an era what we Nisei...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Raymond and Yoshiko Uno

“Pete was always a positive, interesting friend; always happy to see me and ask about my family. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Dan Smith - Dayton, OH

“Pete is one of the very finest gentleman I have ever associated with. No words can possibly describe this remarkable man. His unique extreme talent...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Joe Haacke - Kettering/Naples, FL

“I always think of Pete as a great artist with a wicked sense of humor. Working with him at Top Value in the 1980's was a lot of fun. Pete taught me ...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Karla Hollencamp


HIRONAKA, Pete K., age 87, of Kettering, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. He was born in Sacramento, CA and was graduated in 1951 from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Pete worked as an artist for the Dayton Daily News, a long-time editorial cartoonist for The Pacific Citizen, and a commercial artist for E.F. MacDonald and for many Dayton-area companies and advertising agencies. He was an active member of the Japanese American Citizens League chapter in Dayton. Pete enjoyed golfing, painting, cartooning, and children, especially his grandchildren. Preceded in death by his spouse of 60 years, Jean, and four sisters and one brother, Pete is survived by son, Stan (Laurie) Hironaka, daughter, Cathy Hironaka, grandchildren, Kate and Peter Hironaka, and sisters, Miyo Yamada, Shirley Sato, and Agnes Deguchi.

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