Harry Hisashi Inukai, 87, passed away at his Hood River home on Saturday, August 29th, 2009 with family by his side. Harry was born March 5, 1922 in Dee, Oregon to Kazuo and Ishino (Ikegami) Inukai and grew up in Dee.
Harry graduated from Hood River High School in 1940. At the start of World War II, he and his family were transferred to the Tule Lake Internment Camp. From there he enlisted in the United States Army. He was placed in the European Theater to serve in the 522 Field Artillery Battalion of the 442 Infantry; Headquarters Division. This Battalion being one of the first to discover and liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp in April of 1945. Shortly after the war, he remained in Germany as an Army of Occupation and helped prepare for the Nuremburg Trials.
In 1967, he married Shirley Ann Gretz and raised two daughters, Laura Ann and Arlene Kay. He was a member of the JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) and the local Hood River Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His hobbies included bowling, collecting items for resale, and he researched, wrote and published the Tule Lake Directory and Camp News in 1988.
Harry was an orchardist throughout his life and it was one of his last wishes to allow his fellow orchardists to finish harvest and hold a memorial following the harvest season. Private graveside rites will be held at Idlewilde Cemetery at a later date.
In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by siblings Fumiko Wakamatsu, Tom Inukai, Kaoru Inukai, and granddaughter Hanna Franklin.
Harry is survived by Shirley Ann Gretz at their home in Hood River, Oregon; two daughters, Laura Inukai (& Mathew Kieran Dulin) of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Arlene Inukai (& Tod Franklin) of Toledo, Oregon; granddaughter Leah Franklin; sisters Ruth (& Kennie) Namba and T.A. Yamasaki of Portland, Oregon.
Donations in memory of Harry Inukai can be made to Hospice of the Gorge and sent care of Anderson’s.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals . Receptions . Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031.