Roy Abo passed away on February 10, 2021 at his home.
He was born on November 8th, 1925 in Rupert, ID to parents Sawataro and Yoshi (Kobayashi) Abo. He was the youngest of 9 siblings. A baby born 1899, Masaichi, two sisters – Shizue and Harue of Hiroshima, Japan, Sister Yoneko Kikuchi of Burley, Tad and Tom of Heyburn, Isamu of Denver, Colorado, and George of Paul. All who passed before him in their mid to late 90s. Loving Husband to Cheyeko, Loving Father to Arlene, Larry (JoEtta) and Sammy, Loving Grandfather of Gavin and Cole and Loving Great Grandfather to Asher and Kieler Abo.
He graduated from Rupert High school and soon afterwards began farming with his brother George.
He was drafted to the Korean war in 1952, his basic training took place in San Luis Obisbo California. After being discharged from the army he returned to farming with his brother George. During the winter months for the next 4 years, he enrolled at the radio institute and electronics school in Salt Lake City. There he learned how to repair TV’s and radios. He farmed, repaired TV’s and radios for years to come. Until the tube tv’s went away.
In December of 1955 he met his future wife Cheyeko Shigihara who was a professional seamstress. She was working at Mode-O-Day located in Salt Lake City. After a short whirlwind of romance, they soon married on June 23, 1956.
Roy Loved to hunt and Fish, he took many trips over the decades to Lake Powell, to fish with family and friends. He also loved spending time with friends and family at his timeshare. He went nearly every year for 40 years to the Embarcadero Resort in Newport Oregon. He also enjoyed taking his grandkids and great grandkids to see the Newport Aquarium and teaching them how to fish and crab.
After he retired from farming, he picked up the hobby of Origami. His favorite style was Miniature Oriental umbrella’s and Lanterns. He would make them out of Cigarette wrappers, placemats, magazines, and car brochures. He made approximately 6000 Umbrellas and 585 Lanterns in his retirement years. He gave most of them away. You will probably find them in many local homes and business. You may even see them at different locations on your way to Newport Or.
Roy was an inventor, a self-taught musician and an all around do it yourself if you can with what you have kind of guy.
He loved to garden and always grew enough fruits and vegetables to share with friends and family. He was a life member of the Paul AM. Legion; The Paul Masons Lodge; The Twin Falls Commandery #10 and the Twin Falls Council #7. He was a member of the Burley-Rupert Shrine Club, El Korah Shriner of Boise, and a member of the St Nicholas Conclave of The Red Cross of Constantine. In addition, he was a member of the Farmers Union, The National Farmers Organization, and the Magic Valley Nisei Club.
He was an avid fisherman who made some of his own tackle and fishing gear. He made a pole holder with a bicycle horn that would honk when the fish would bite. Another holder would automatically hook this fish if it bit hard enough. He made his ice fishing pole holders out of straps of aluminum that could fold up and fit 10 holders onto a 5-gallon bucket. The ice fishing tip ups were made from one inch Pine wood and looked like the old Hay Derricks from long ago. They worked much better than modern fishing poles to catch perch. He made fish De-hookers out of old toothbrushes and worm threaders made from 40-thousand stainless steel wire. Both worked better than anything you can find at the store today.
Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to:
The Shriners Hospital on 1275 East Fairfax Road in Salt Lake City, UT 84103
The Paul Methodist Church or a contribution of your choice
Funeral Service will be at the Paul Methodist Church, Tuesday February 16, 2021 at 11:00 am with a viewing one hour before. Burial will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.
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