In memory of
KENNETH HANAKI Kenneth Kenichi Hanaki was born April 21, 1939 in San Francisco, and passed away peacefully July 12, 2020 in his Boulder City home. Ken was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; sisters Susie and Jane; his children Bryan, Katherine and Samuel and their families. In World War II, Ken spent his early childhood in the Tule Lake internment camp. After the war ended, his family moved to Shizuoka, Japan to help rebuild the country. Ken returned to the U.S. when he was 15 years old and finished his education at San Mateo High School. After graduating from San Jose State in 1965, Ken was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Field Maintenance Officer during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1967. As a civil engineer, Ken designed bridges for the California highway system, worked the Alaskan oil pipeline project, and designed Metro stations in Washington, DC. In his 30 years with the National Park Service, his work included the designing and restoring buildings such as the U.S.S. Cairo Museum, the Booker T. Washington home, and numerous structures in Lake Mead National Recreation Center and Gateway East National Park in New York. Ken loved coaching soccer in both Boulder City and New York City and continued volunteering long after his children were adults. He selflessly gave his time to the community as a Boulder City volunteer firefighter and paramedic (serving as the president in 1985), night DJ at the local B.C. radio station, Boy Scouts leader, Sunday school teacher, Toastmasters member, and performer in local theater groups. Ken retired to Boulder City where he spent a happy retirement pursuing his love of golf, tennis, and boxing. Ken will be laid to rest privately with his family at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, where he will be honored for his service.
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