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Tomio 'Tom' Morioka

Oct 8, 2013 - Staff

Tomio "Tom" Morioka, formerly of Fremont County, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at his home in Green River, with his daughter, Peggy, son-in-law Robb, and grandson Robbie at his side. He was 92 years old.

Funeral services will at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton, followed by military graveside services at Mountain View Cemetery. Kris Schamber will officiate.

Tomio Morioka was born Nov. 28, 1920, in San Buenaventura, Calif., later renamed Ventura, the son of Adaichi and Shizuko Morioka. He grew up in Ventura, Calif., graduating from San Fernando High School in 1939.

He joined the U.S. Army in February 1945 where he served as an administrative non-commissioned officer in the 69th Signal Battalion in Germany where he achieved the rank of technical sergeant. He was honorably discharged in October 1946.

His family moved to the Pavillion area in 1953, having a large produce farm on the Missouri Valley Road, then to Kinnear in 1964 before finally settling in Riverton in 1974.

On Nov. 8, 1964, he married Naomi E. Harris at the Methodist Church in Riverton.

He worked as a farmer, at the Riverton bowling lanes and later at Lucky Mac Uranium Mines until his retirement in 1983.

His family said he enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, photography, woodworking, bowling and golf. He was an avid reader and a loyal fan of the Wyoming Cowboys and the Colorado Rockies. He enjoyed playing pinochle, cribbage and dominoes with family later in life. His greatest satisfaction came from spending time with his family, endless hours teaching grandchildren and great-grandchildren the fine arts of fishing and hunting and also building a proper campfire.

He is survived by his sons, James E. Trabert and his wife Pam of Virginia City, Nev., Mac K. Harris of Cheyenne, Jerry L. Harris and his wife Jeanne of Cheyenne, Sam G, Harris of the Washington State Soldiers Home in Orting, Wash., and Russell E. "Junior" Harris and his wife Jean of Casper; daughter Margaret A. "Peggy" Schamber and her husband Robb of Green River; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Kaz and Ted Morioka; and wife Naomi Morioka.

Donations can be made to Caringbridge.org under Mr. Morioka's name or to Hospice of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs.

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