Sam Hesao Yei, a 55 year resident of Gardena, passed away on Wednesday June 9, 2010 at the age of 88. Born in Tremonton, Utah. Sam had served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Nikkei Widowed club. Sam is survived by his son, Richard (Cheryl) Yei of Yorba Linda, CA; daughter, Nancy (Gary) Newhall and one grandchild, Sarah of Santa Maria CA; brother, Joe Yei of WA state; sister, Kuni (Kim) Kawashima of Utah; brother, Biff Yei of Utah; sister, Kazu Watanabe of WA state; sister, Aki Nishi of WA state; and brother Thomas Yei of Billings Montana. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Morikiyo and Toriko Yei; sister, Amy Sameshima; brothers, Slim and Kay Yei; and his wife Kim Yei. The service will be held at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd in Torrance CA 90503 on Friday June 25, 2010. The viewing is from 9:30 to 11:15am. The closed casket service will follow at 11:30am. After a Reception at the Redondo Beach Cheesecake Factory, burial will take place at Green Hills Memorial Park, 27501 S. Western Ave in Rancho Palos Verdes at 4pm. The family would like thank the staff at South Bay Keiro Nursing Home in Gardena for their kind, loving and devoted care provided to their father over many years. In lieu of flowers, donations via mail may be made to South Bay Keiro Nursing Home, 15115 South Vermont Ave, Gardena CA 90247 or online to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Please use this website to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. Sam will truly be missed!! He was the best…I will never forget growing up, that every birthday I had, Sam would send the very first card, and it would ALWAYS have a $5.00 bill in it!! I am thankful to have known him, and glad he is resting in peace!! Love you all, Sarah

  2. Sam- most of the memories I have of you are from my early childhood. I remember your home, and being in your car, driving down the road with you and your wife. I remember eating rice, and loving it. You were so good to me, and I will always remember you. You are an important part of my life and the life of my family. I will tell my children about you, an how I loved you. -Adam Cone

  3. Hello to the family, especially Nancy. So sorry for your loss. Nancy, I remember you well at GHS and I had the chance to talk to Kim at the last reunion. Hope you are doing well and again, sorry for your loss. Dennis

  4. Dear Richard,Cheryl,Nancy,Gary and Sarah, Sorry we were not able to be there today. I have fond memories of visiting Uncle Sam as a child. I told him I liked natto and he had it for me everyday! Love Sheila and Akiko

  5. We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Sam’s passing. We know he fought a long fight for so many years, he can now rest. He will be missed by many and remembered fondly by all. We hope that in time, all your happy memories will bring you some comfort. With our deepest sympathies and condolences, Jim, Leanne, James Michael and Michael Todd Cross

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