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Samuel Takahashi
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday at 3828 Marigold Lane, Modesto, for Samuel Masami Takahashi, 93, of Modesto. He died July 18, 2010 at his home.

Allen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Born on November 11, 1916 in Oakland, Samuel was one of five children of Terumi Takahashi of Chiba, Japan and Kiyo Nobe of Yokohama, Japan. During World War II, he and his family were forced to sell everything and were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans. Sam proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most highly decorated regiment in the history of the United States Armed Forces. He nearly lost his hearing as a result of his service in the Field Artillery Battalion from 1943-46. After the war, Sam graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology. Mr. Takahashi worked as a biochemist for 27 years at the National Institute of Health in Washington D.C. and retired in Ceres in 1977 when his wife Lily had a stroke. Sam enjoyed gardening and growing grapes, almonds, kiwis, white peaches, nectarines, pomegranates, cucumbers and plums. Mr. Takahashi enjoyed the outdoors and visiting Kauai, Monterey and Lake Tahoe.

He leaves behind his wife of over 67 years, Lily Takahashi.

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-Ceres Courier/ July 28, 2010