Isamu "Sam" Abo

November 14, 1917April 25, 2013

Isamu Abo "Sam" – 95, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 25. He was born on a farm in Paul, Idaho on November 14, 1917. He was the 6th of 8 children. He attended the University of Idaho earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Art in 1940. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and eventually was assigned to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Battalion, one of the most highly decorated units in U.S. Military History. On November 2, 2011, the men of the 442nd and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C. Sam married Ameria Hachiya while on leave in 1944. After serving in WWII and earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he returned to Idaho to farm. In 1953, Sam packed up his family and moved to Denver to be an owner in a Frontier gas station and garage that he operated for 26-1/2 years before retiring. His wife, Ameria, two sisters in Japan, sister Yoneko, and brother Tad precede him in death. He is survived by brothers Tom, George, Roy; daughter Janice; sons Ronald (Lisa) and Bruce (Cecelia); grandchildren Tamiko (Tony) Setter, Reiko (Bryan) Morrison, Ryan, Emily, and Ian and 4 great grandchildren. Visitation , May 7 from 4-6 p.m. and one hour prior to service on May 8 from 9-10 a.m. Funeral service to begin at 10 a.m. with committal to follow, all at Olinger Highland, 10201 Grant Ave., Thornton, CO. Lunch reception to follow at Dragon Wall Buffet, 9931 Grant Street. In lieu of flowers and condolence gifts, please consider donating to the Hospice of St. John, 1320 Everett Ct., Lakewood, Colorado 80215.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Isamu "Sam" Abo

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S Chavis

April 23, 2014

May your family be comforted by fond memories of times past and may our Heavenly Father give your family peace and strength to endure this very difficult time. (1 Pet 5:7)

David Kawabata

May 13, 2013

We will always remember Uncle Isamu, from when we visited the farm as kids, to the great fishing trips with him at Lake Powell. He lived a good long life, and was very good at everything he did. We will miss him.

Love, Dave and Judy Kawabata and family

Bekka & Keith Sellon-Wright

May 5, 2013

What great memories we have of Sam over the many years. Such a gentle, sweet person who seemed to always have a twinkle in his eye and a smile to share. Our thoughts are filled with love for him and his family.

May 2, 2013

Thank you Sam for all the origami items you would bring to the office. My patients really enjoyed receiving them. May the Lord bless you and your family always. You will be missed.
Floyd Sekiya
Joe Natale also sends his condolence and will miss those dinner get togethers. God bless you.

Nancy Farrell

May 1, 2013

Isamu and family, thank you for your ongoing generosity and kindnesses. Many fish mobiles remain in Antarctica due to your talents. God be with you all.

April 30, 2013

My condolences to your Family
May the God of comfort be with you always 2 Cor. 1:3
With Deep Sympathy

Maralyn Devlin

April 29, 2013

Thank you, Sam, for all the flowers, fish and bookmarks. I treasure them. Your busy hands made my life brighter. Condolences to your family

James Morrison

April 27, 2013

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.


April 27, 2013

“He who has died has been acquitted from his sin.” (Romans 6:7) May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.