PORTLAND - Frank Hiromi Kawashima died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003 in Portland at the age of 82. He was born in Tacoma on April 16, 1921 to Hiromi and Hatsune Kawashima.

Soon afterward the family moved to Wallville and in 1930 to Bay Center. Here they operated a family oyster business. His father died in 1937 and his mother shouldered the responsibilities of the business and family. Graduating from South Bend High in 1939 Mr. Kawashima furthered his education at the University of Washington.

In 1942 the family was incarcerated in the Tulelake and later Heart Mountain War Relocation Authority camps. From there Mr. Kawashima joined the U.S. Army and served until the end of the war. The latter portion of his tour was in the U.S. occupation headquarters in Japan.

After his discharge from the army he returned to the University of Washington and completed his degree in business in 1948. The next year he married Austa Yoshiko Nakao and returned to the family home in Bay Center and the oyster business. His wife, Austa, died in 1972. Soon after he bought the Rose City Oyster Company in Portland and moved to that city. The business was sold in 1986 and retirement followed.

An avid golfer he shot his age (82) last August and participated in Tae-kwon-do for exercise and competition.

He is survived by his son Frank, daughter Betty Jean Moore, his brother Fred and three grandchildren. His mother Hatsune died last month at the age of 100 and his sister Aiko Janet Matsuyama passed away last year. A memorial service will be held Oct. 25 at his residence in Portland - The Siver Center 2301 S.W., First Avenue, at 11:30 a.m.. A luncheon will follow. Gifts to charity are preferred in lieu of flowers.

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