War­ren Ei­jima

March 4, 1921-Jan. 7, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

War­ren Ei­jima, 97, passed away peace­fully at his home in San Francisco on Jan. 7, 2019, with his chil­dren, Richard and Mary, at his side. He is sur­vived by his sis­ter, Han­nah Hara (Roy Takeuchi) of San Jose, son Richard (Tami Suzuki), daugh­ter Mary (Robert Kawano), and grand­chil­dren, Riki and Tomi Ei­jima and Alex and Mari Kawano. He was pre­de­ceased by wife June and sis­ter Mari Ei­jima.

War­ren was the first child of Sanji and Hisayo Ei­jima, born in Oak­land, CA. Sanji im­mi­grated from Naganoken and Hisayo Tani from Okayama-ken to Berke­ley. Sis­ters Mari and Han­nah would join the fam­ily. Their world was seg­re­gated.

War­ren found en­joy­ment in sports through­out his youth. He was a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley when war with Ja­pan broke out. In the spring of 1942, the Ei­ji­mas were in­car­cer­ated at Tan­foran Assem­bly Cen­ter and then Topaz War Re­lo­ca­tion Cen­ter, a con­cen­tra­tion camp in cen­tral Utah. There he met June Nakayama.

War­ren left Topaz to at­tend Tem­ple Univer­sity, re­ceived a draft no­tice, then was de­clared “4C,” — “un­de­sir­able alien.” Even­tu­ally, the Army put Ja­panese Amer­i­can soldiers in seg­re­gated units. He served in the Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice in the Philip­pines and Ja­pan.

Af­ter com­plet­ing mil­i­tary ser­vice over­sees, he re­sumed his stud­ies and grad­u­ated from UC Berke­ley in 1948 with a busi­ness de­gree. In 1950, he be­gan work­ing as an ac­coun­tant for Eugene Friend. He con­tin­ued to work for the Friend fam­ily for the re­main­der of his life.

War­ren and June were mar­ried at the Berke­ley Free Methodist Church on May 21, 1950. They lived in Berke­ley be­fore mov­ing to San Francisco where they raised their chil­dren. War­ren and June were ac­tive mem­bers of Christ United Pres­by­te­rian Church. They en­joyed trav­el­ing and social danc­ing with Ni­sei friends. On Nov. 2, 2011, he re­ceived a Con­gres­sional Gold Medal in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 2 pm on Satur­day, Jan. 26, 2019, at Christ United Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1700 Sut­ter Street, San Francisco. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests do­na­tions be made to the church, Na­tional Ja­panese Amer­i­can Historical So­ci­ety or Ki­mochi, Inc.

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