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  1. All our thoughts and prayer are with you. Henry is in a better an more peaceful place in heaven. He will watch over and protect you.
    \But they who wait for the Lord shall mount up with wings like eagles.\” Isaiah 40:31.

  2. Dear Auntie Mary and Family,

    Our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of Uncle Bum. There are so many fond memories we have with him. My Mom (Louise) really loved her brother, and we always felt very close to him. May your

    memories fill your hearts, in this time of sadness. Please except out deepest condolences.

    All our Love,

    Daryl and Jim Oletski

  3. Henry Joseph Enomoto was born on June 23, 1924 in Ft. Lupton,
    Colorado. He was the 6 child of Matasaburo th and Saku Enomoto
    and had 5 brothers: Ray, Wilson, Harry, Tom and Richard and 4
    sisters: Ruby, Mary, Louise and Alyce. The family lived on their
    farm growing sugar beets, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, alfalfa and
    potatoes and raised horses, cows, chickens and pigs. In the
    winter time, Henry would go with his older brothers to cut down
    trees for firewood and together with their friends, the family
    would make mochi and manju for New Year€™s.

    Henry belonged to the 4H Golden West Club and in his youth won
    many awards for his tomatoes, green beans and apples. During
    the summer, he would go to the 4H camp with other youths in his
    community to play baseball and enjoy camping outings. He raised
    Black Angus calves for display at the county fair and won awards
    in 1943 at the Colorado State Fair for animal husbandry

    In 1944, Henry was called before the South Weld Draft board and
    reported for induction on November 27, 1944. He enlisted in the
    U.S. Army and was sent to Jefferson Barracks in Missouri where
    he was part of the legendary 442nd €œGo for Broke€ Battalion in
    field artillery marksmanship, serving in Germany and other parts
    of Europe. He was honorably discharged on August 30, 1946 as
    a Corporal Military Police officer in Company A390.
    He cherished a thank-you letter he received from President Harry
    S. Truman for his courageous acts in the military during WWII

    Here are two quotes which demonstrate the valor of the 442nd:”They were superb! That word correctly describes it: superb!

    They took terrific casualties. They showed rare courage
    and tremendous fighting spirit. Not too much can be said
    of the performance of those battalions in Europe andeverybody wanted them….”General George C. Marshall, United States Army

    “…I cannot say, however, that their “Go For Broke”
    service has ever been adequately honored, but I do know
    that any objective appraisal of the record of this unit will
    place it high up in the annals of our military history…
    Whether in France, Italy or elsewhere, I know of no units
    in the American Army that fought and persevered more
    gallantly than did those Nisei companies and battalions.”
    John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War

    Friends of the family, Clarence and Albert Pettinger would play
    baseball with Henry and his brothers Ray, Wilson and Harry. The
    Pettinger brother€™s sister, Mary, would attend and Henry would
    admire her from afar. He would even pretend to read the
    newspaper, but would actually be watching Mary. When they
    later dated, they were accompanied by a chaperone named Jake
    who would always be between them.

    During WWII, Henry would correspond in letters to Mary where
    they discussed their hopes and dreams as well as the difficulty of
    a mixed marriage that would be considered quite taboo,
    especially in those days. It was Mary€™s father, Ray Pettinger, who
    gave them his blessing and told Henry to treat her right. So it
    was after Henry returned from the war that they became engaged
    and eventually married on December 26, 1952.

    They lived in Brighton, Colorado and later relocated to Lawndale,
    California where he worked as a landscaper in the Los Angeles
    County. When Henry and Mary were unable to have children they
    adopted a baby girl in 1956 and named her Carlene Marie
    Enomoto and a baby boy in 1957 and named him Joseph Henry
    Enomoto

    After Henry became Catholic in 1952, he participated in various
    service organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and the
    Holy Name Society. He enjoyed working with his fellow Knights
    serving corned beef and cabbage at the St. Patrick€™s Day
    fundraiser, helping to serve fish and chips at the Lenten fish frys
    and volunteering at St. Catherine Laboure€™s annual parish
    carnival

    In 1964, the family moved to Torrance and Henry left
    landscaping, eventually partnering with Eric McNeill to open
    Aamco Transmissions in Gardena in 1967. Here, he became a
    successful businessman and taught and mentored his daughter
    Carlene in office skills and work ethics, which she still applies to
    this day. He also had his mechanics staff train his son Joe in the
    trade of repairing transmissions.

    His son Joe married Gloria Gaytan and in July of 1979 his
    grandson, Joseph Arthur Enomoto, was born. Henry and Mary
    thoroughly enjoyed their grandson€™s sporting events, always there
    to support and cheer him on. In October of 2011, Grandson
    Joseph had a daughter and named her Adrieanna Saku Enomoto.
    Adrianna has brought much joy and happiness to both Henry and
    Mary.

    Henry enjoyed camping at Mountain Lakes campground, fishing,
    gardening, feeding Fred, their family turtle, watching Japanese
    and Korean soap operas, attending senior luncheons, playing
    blackjack and poker at the casinos and playing the game of
    Sequence. Henry also looked forward to the annual Enomoto
    family picnics and Thanksgiving Day with family, eating soba at
    Gardena Bowl with his family, and shopping for his comfort foods
    at a Japanese market and the 99 cent store. Henry loved having
    friends over for Japanese-style food on New Year€™s Eve and
    especially enjoyed shopping and going out to eat Japanese food
    with Carlene and having long talks with her.

    Henry looked forward to the Enomoto Family reunions that first
    began in 1960 and have been held every 5 years since then.
    Between these reunions, his brothers and sisters and their
    spouses enjoyed their €œbrothers and sisters€™ reunions€, traveling
    to such places as Hawaii; Branson, Missouri; and Vermont to
    enjoy the fall colors.

    Eucharistic minister Donald Chaney has taken communion to
    Henry and Mary since 2006 and relayed to his son how Henry
    always seemed happy to see him except for this one time, thetime that he arrived unannounced and Henry was watching a
    Dodgers game. Henry was an avid and loyal Dodgers baseball
    fan!

    Henry lived a long, full life and was happily married to Mary for 63
    years. In addition to being a loving husband, Henry was a caring
    father to Carlene and Joe, a caring grandfather to Joey, a caring
    great-grandfather to Adrieanna and a dear and wonderful
    brother, uncle and friend to all of us. We will miss you, Henry.

    You have fought the good fight, you have finished the course, you
    have kept the faith. Amen.

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