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Frank K. Hosaka

Published on -1/5/2014, 7:11 PM

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Frank K. Hosaka, 79, Hays, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born March 16, 1934, in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Roy and Tomo (Kichinae) Hosaka. He graduated with a degree in computer programming while living in Denver.

He married Ikuyo "Cookie" Kazaoka on May 28, 1960, in Scottsbluff. He worked for IBM and Sprint while living in Denver. He and his wife moved to Hays in 1970, and he retired after working for Midwest Energy for 35 years. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean War and was stationed all over the world and received the National Defense Medal while in the Air Force.

He was a disabled American veteran, a member of the Hays City Sportmen's Club and a former member of the Hays Jaycees.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting, working on cars, traveling, motorcycles, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; two sons, Arthur Hosaka and wife, Elizabeth, Chicago, and Kenneth Hosaka and wife, Chris, Atlanta; a daughter, Heidi Youtsey and husband, Vincent Borowski Jr., Denver; a brother, Woseley Hosaka and wife, Tomi, Paso Robles, Calif.; two sisters, Taka Musahi and husband, John, Otono, Calif., and Toshiko Nanbara, Gering, Neb.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 10 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kay Tanigawa and husband, George; a brother-in-law, Ted Nanbara; a niece, Jasmine Peak; and a grandson, Nicholas Hosaka.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076.

Friends can call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project or American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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