Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28Th Street, Ames, IA


"Eddie" Noboru Sakaguchi

January 2, 1919October 30, 2019

“Eddie” Noboru Sakaguchi, 100, of Ames, Iowa (formerly of Batavia, NY), passed away October 30, 2019. A memorial service will be held during the summer of 2020 in California. A full obituary may be viewed, and condolences may be expressed to the family, online at www.stevensmemorialchapel.com

“Eddie” Noboru Sakaguchi, 100, passed away peacefully from causes related to age, on October 30, 2019 at Northridge Village, Ames, Iowa, surrounded by his three sons.

Eddie was born January 2, 1919 to Tsunetaro and Tamae (Hashizume) Sakaguchi in San Pedro, California. At the age of 7, Eddie’s parents moved he and his younger brother and sister back to Japan where he continued elementary and junior high school. He attended a vocational high school where he learned the trade of chicken sexing. In 1937 Eddie returned to the United States. (However, because of his education in Japan, speaking and reading English was difficult for Eddie.) He soon moved to Batavia, NY, where he began chicken sexing at various chicken farms in western New York, including the Hawley poultry farm on Bank Street Road. During World War II, Eddie continued his work as a chicken sexor and appreciated that the citizens of Batavia did not harass him during and after the war because of his Japanese ancestry.

Eddie married Mary Masayo Wakai in 1949 and became the parents of 3 boys. Eddie moved his family into their house on East Main Street in 1957, where he raised his family and lived in that same house until 2011. Eddie retired from chicken sexing around 1984, but continued working part-time for several years at Elchar Tool Specialists (Alexander Rd, Batavia). While in Batavia, Eddie enjoyed photography and was a member of the Batavia Photography Club. He enjoyed the many friends he had made over the years in Batavia.

In 2011, Eddie relocated to Ames, Iowa, to be closer to his youngest son, Donald. During his time in Iowa, he lived alone in an apartment for several years, then moved to an assisted living facility and then spent his last two months in a skilled nursing facility. During those times Eddie occasionally asked Don or other residents and nurses to buy him a bus ticket back to Batavia. Dad had many good memories of Batavia.

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 35 years, Mary, and his brother and two sisters. He is survived by 3 sisters in Japan, 3 sons, Douglas (Maisie) of Orem, Utah, Wayne (Shirley) of Cypress, California, and Donald (Kathleen) of Ames, Iowa, a grandson, Farrant (Beth), and 3 great-grandchildren, Mari, Aaron & Michael, all of Sandy, Utah.

A memorial service will be held during the summer of 2020 in California. Condolences and memories may be expressed to the family, online at www.stevensmemorialchapel.com


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Samuel and Theresa Oddo

November 17, 2019

I was the owner of Elchar Tool in Batavia, New York and had the pleasure of employing Eddie. He had a heart of gold and always a happy soul. He was a true asset and a role model that many looked up to. His love for life will live on through his sons. He will be missed and we are all very blessed to have known him. God is the lucky one now!

Our sincere condolences to the family. God Bless All of You!

Sam & Theresa Oddo and Family

Anne Feary

November 13, 2019

My condolences to Doug, Wayne and Don on the loss of your father. I have such fond memories of living next door to you on East Main Street in Batavia, NY. It was heartwarming to read that your dad also thought so much of Batavia. Both of your parents were very kind to my family. Deepest sympathy on your loss.

~Anne Feary
Batavia, NY

Don Burkel

November 11, 2019

Our condolences to Doug, Wayne and Don. I grew up across the street from the Sakaguchi’s in Batavia and Mr. S. was always a pleasant person to all of us kids. Later in life he still remembered us and asked how we were doing with a smile. I always enjoyed hearing about his travels and photography. May his spirit be an example to all of us.
Don Burkel, Batavia, NY

Chris (Klein) Kuehl

November 10, 2019

I remember the Sakaguchi family well. I grew up on Tracy Avenue and was friends with Charyl Coombs back in the 60’s. Her family moved to the house on East Main Street where the Sakaguchi family lived. My husband Chuck and I both worked at Carrolls restaurant with Wayne in the 70’s.
Our sincere condolences to the family. Your parents were very sweet people.

Darryl Horzempa

November 9, 2019

I worked with Eddie for 4 years at Elchar in Batavia. He was such a gentle sole. I enjoyed my time with him. He even taught me some words in Japanese. I feel lucky to have known him and will always feel good when thinking about him.

James Mungillo

November 9, 2019

To the Family of Eddie Sakaguchi, my sincere condolences on the passing of Eddie. I had the opportunity to meet your father and prepare his income tax returns for a few years before he moved to Ames. I was so impressed by his character, knowledge, kindness and positive outlook on life. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his boys. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Eddie. Sincerely, James V. Mungillo, CPA

Janis Keefe(Ashizawa)

November 8, 2019

So sorry to learn of Mr. Sakaguchi's passing, but happy that he was with his family and independent for so long. My late husband, Ted Ashizawa, met with him for coffee every week at the Batavia Tim Horton's. He was part of our lives.


November 8, 2019

My family & I rented from Ed & Mary for several years in the early 1960s. I watched their three sons grow into adults and enjoyed their love & friendship. Mary often times baby sat my two children. Ed was difficult to understand having been raised in Japan, but was a great father, husband & friend. I never knew what a chicken feeler was until I met Ed. He could determine the sex of baby chicks when first hatched which was important to the industry. In 1968, I built a house in the country and invited Ed & Mary to plant a vegetable garden on my land. We continued to be friends visiting one or two times weekly, when they tended to their garden. This went on for several years until Mary's untimely passing. I would visit Ed on occasion after his retirement , but have had no contact in the past several years. Ed was a good man, a proud man , an honest man. May he rest in peace.

Timothy L Dusen

November 7, 2019

With a heavy heart this news comes as no surprise, but I would have bought that ticket for my friend and photo companion traveler Noboru, "Eddie" he sexed Chickens in Michigan to Massachusetts he remembered when we travelled through a town he would tell me that he had sexed Chickens in that town! I will always remember that he could only sign his name in English never knew how to write English and his time in the Arizona Camp. Thanks for the memories Noboru you have climbed to the top of the mountain reaching to Heaven! Say Hi to Willis and R. Steven see you later my friend

Mark Ladd

November 7, 2019

Dear Eddie,
I have very fond memories of conversing with you and or assisting you in the winter months by shoveling out the apron of your driveway. When i was honorable discharged from the USN Seabees i utilized my GI Bill for Genesee Community College and then Buffalo State College. During that period i was renting the upstairs apartment from Don and Mary Burkel, across East Main St. from your very beautiful, large colonial home. I always made it a mission to keep a watchful eye on your safety. Bless you Eddie, you are and always were a kind and gentle soul. Bless your boys.