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Tsutomu "Tom" Akita
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1925
The Dalles
Wasco County
Oregon, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 2010
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Tsutomu "Tom" Akita peacefully passed away Dec. 28, 2010, at his Gresham home, following a courageous battle with cancer. His gentle all around good nature will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Tom was born Oct. 20, 1925, in The Dalles, the son of Nobuhei and Chiyo (Hori) Akita. He spent his younger years in the Dallesport, Wash., area, and attended high school in Lyle, Wash.

In 1944 he was inducted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a Military Policeman assigned to the 390th Railroad Military Police Battalion. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 at the rank of corporal.

After serving his country, Tom worked as a gardener for Multnomah County for over 25 years. He also owned and operated Eastmont Nursery, which he continued to operate until just a few years ago.
Tom was a very hardworking, generous man. He took a lot of pride in his plants and was known for his roses, Asian pears, bonsai, and Japanese lace leaf maples.

He is survived by his children, Carol Harmon of Portland, Toni Busse of Gresham, and Mark Akita of Beaverton; brother, Saburo Akita of Dallesport; sister, Wasco Fujiwara of The Dalles; brother, Fred Akita of Dallesport; grandchildren, Randy, Andrea, Kylie, and Nicholas; and 11 nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham. Family and friends are welcome to come pay their respects and enjoy many photos of Tom's life.

A celebration of life will be held in The Dalles at a date yet to be determined. A committal service with military honors will be held in Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Tom to Mt. Hood Hospice, Loaves & Fishes, or Meals-On-Wheels (Gresham).

For more information and to share your stories of Tom, please visit our online memorial at

Published in The Oregonian on January 2, 2011 
Beloved Dad and Grandpa
Willamette National Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Col-5 Row 213 Site E
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Record added: Jan 02, 2011
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 Added: Dec. 4, 2013
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