Mineo Kobayashi, 95, died Friday, Sept. 14 at Tranquility Living Center, Oakdale.
He was born in Brawley, living with his family in Westmorland until World War II, when he entered the Army. He served in the 115th Medical Regiment, Company G, until discharge in 1945.
He owned and operated M. Kobayashi Trucking in the Imperial Valley for over 55 years, where he was greatly respected for his tireless work ethic, and his genuine concern for others. He employed many great young men who are very close to him to his day.
Mr. Kobayashi was a long time member of the Japanese American Citizens League.
He was a resident of Oakdale for four years.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jaime Kohatsu Kobayashi of Oakdale; son, Paul (Lois) Kobayashi of Oakdale; daughters, Janet (Bill) Godwin of Sunnyvale, Susan (Tom) Hampton of San Diego; sister, Taeko Kobayashi of West Los Angeles; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Minikichi and Ume Kobayashi; brothers, Matsuo, Shiro, and Hisao Kobayashi; and sister, Setsuko Sakuda.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Oakdale-Riverbank Memorial Chapel, Oakdale. Burial will be in Brawley at a date to be announced.
Remembrances may be made in his name to Community Hospice.