Friday, February 10, 2012

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Roy S. Fujii, 92

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS — Surrounded by family, long-time Valley resident, Roy S. Fujii, 92, passed away on January 20th, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Roy was born in Portland, Ore. on February 25, 1919. During his time in the Valley, he farmed in the Waverly area, working in the insurance business in Alamosa and could be seen with friends on the golf course or at many area lakes with fishing pole in hand. He enjoyed attending sports functions, keeping up with area happenings and raising his two children in the Valley.

Roy served in the United States Army for many years, working in Military Intelligence during World War II. He served under General MacArthur in the famous Battle of Bataan. Later, he served in Minnesota where he was the Army athletic officer and coached baseball. He left the Army as a Captain and returned to the Valley where he married LaDonna Jean Prall in 1968. They enjoyed 26 years of marriage. In November 2011, he was among the veteran members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion and MIS to receive a Congressional Gold Medal for his service.

Roy was an avid sports enthusiast with a special passion for baseball, basketball, volleyball & golf. He enjoyed and encouraged his children and grandchildren through their years with gymnastics, cheerleading, track and field, wrestling and judo.

Since 2000, Roy has been living at The Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Walsenburg.

He is survived by his son, Terry (Erin) Fujii of Phoenix, Ariz. and daughter, Laura Jean Sumiko Fujii-Hagler (Kevin), of Colorado Springs, his grandchildren, Shae, Rees, Kai & Tess (Hagler) and Jade (Fujii), and two sisters, Esther and Kim.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Katsusaburo and Asao Ishibashi Fujii, two sisters, Alyce and Mary, and two brothers, Carl and Ben.

A memorial service and military honors will be held in Colorado Springs on July 16th, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Mr. Fujii’s honor to Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care or Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home.


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