Marumoto, Riyoichi H. "Moto" Born August 20, 1935 on the island of Palau, peacefully passed away in his sleep on March 13, 2009. His untimely passing was a shock to all who knew him. Riyoichi was first inducted into the US Army in Agana, Guam in 1958 and was honorably discharged on November 30, 1978. He continued to work for the US Government for an additional 20 years as a quality control inspector until his retirement in 1997. Riyoichi was a dedicated member of the Local, District and State VFW Organizations of the United States of America. He will always be remembered for his kindness and enormous generosity and was loved and cherished by everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He soars with the angels now and is sorely missed by all he left behind. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 4:00pm at Rice Mortuary.

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  1. Thank you for being in our lives, for sharing your wisdom, and for your laughter. It was an honor to have known you. ˆ‚Œ‹ Al Ben and family

  2. Moto I’ll always love and miss you, you raised my brothers and sisters as your own, and treated us as yours, I’ll tell my sons about you and how you taught me to fish and catch crab with my bare hands. love always Alfredo, Angie, sons Alfredo & Christopher

  3. Moto, I will always remember our work days at LAAFB in the trailer and the fun we had. I will also remember your wonderful sense of humor and kindness. Thanks for your friendship. You’ll be missed. Rita Antonelli Olathe, KS

  4. BELOVED///RHM///ROMANS:8-28 XOXO Sometimes it’s difficult to express our sorrowful heart,that is filled with emotional distress of the sudden loss of our loved one. Remembering the time shared; of laughter and joy when we see each other on occasion, Herman always had a smile and an encouraging word, I will treasure those moments. The very first time I met Herman was in 1976, I had just come to America, to go to school in Monterey. My father’s cousin; Yukiko Ngirailemesang Kimmel, picked me up one week-end to babysit her kids in Santa Cruz,while she tended to some important business. Herman and his beautiful wife drove up,and when my cousin told him that my father (is) Bukurrou, he turned to me and said “oy, eyang ‘ngka ochellek”. When he said that, I felt joy leaped in my heart, because looking at him, I was looking at my fathers’ face, that’s how touched I was, and because I was still very homesick… Let us take comfort of knowing that “our” heavenly father has chosen to call his son: RIYOICHI HERMAN MARUMOTO, home. And we are going to miss him whenever we have our gatherings. But we will also remember the times when he was,how he was,and with a smile, we say now; REST IN PEACE: “OUR BELOVED”;FATHER,SON,COUSIN,HUSBAND,FRIEND… May God also bless the living.

  5. In the few short periods we crossed paths with Moto we came away inspired and confident that we as Palauans can be successful wherever we choose to live, provided we work hard and persevere. Moto will remain our role model, balancing work and family harmonously. After a successful active duty career, he went back to lead another successful career in the government. In his time he established himself a role model for all of us with his daily but conscious and disciplined steps in this world. We salute you Moto and bid you “Fair winds and Following seas”.

  6. Moto, I am always going to remember your smile and laughter. You were the best step-father a family could have ever asked for. I only wish you could have met Kekoa but I will share everything about you with him. We love you, Alexis, RC & Kekoa James

  7. Moto You are truley missed. Mahalo for your friendship. Stay on the short grass my brother. Aloha, A Hui Hou Hanalei

  8. dad you are gone but not forgotten everyday somthing happens and i think i wish i could call like i always did i miss you love you keoni

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