WATSONVILLE — Kazuo Kikuchi died at his home in Watsonville on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was 85.
Mr. Kikuchi was born in Southern California on Feb. 1, 1928, and spent part of his youth in Japan. He operated his gardening service in Santa Cruz and Watsonville for more than 40 years. He and his wife also owned Miyuki’s Japanese Restaurant in the late 1980s to early 1990s. He was well-known for his beautiful bonsai trees and was a founding member and past president of the Watsonville Bonsai Club. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing, deer hunting and visiting casinos with friends.
Mr. Kikuchi is survived by his wife, Shizuko of 58 years; sons, John Kikuchi (Carolyn Jones) of San Rafael and David Kikuchi (Priscilla Partridge) of Watsonville; three grandchildren; sister, Yoshiko Hiraga; two nephews and a cousin.
A private memorial service will be held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple at 423 Bridge St. on May 11 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Hanayama officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Patrick and Debra Molina Carroll of Ave Maria Memorial Chapel, www.avemariamemorialchapel.com.
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