October 29, 1917 – October 19, 2019
Age 101. Passed away peacefully at Josie Harper Hospice House. Survived by children: Stephan Takechi, Jane (Mitchell) Kawasaki, Jeri (Tsutomu) Endo; grandchildren: Justin (Sachiko) Endo, Rachel Endo, Larry Takechi, Victoria (Bobby) Fischer, Kaz (Liz) Kawasaki; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Anna Endo; sisters, Aiko Kusuda, Yuri Sasaki; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Preceded in death by husband, Kazuo Takechi; son, Richard Takechi; daughter, Julie Takechi.
VISITATION: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9am to 10:30am, followed by CELEBRATION OF LIFE at 10:30am at the West Chapel. Memorials to Hospice House or VNA Hospice. Family memorials c/o Jeri Endo, 5062 S. 108th St., #121, Omaha, NE 68137.
She was born on October 29, 1917 in Pocatello, Idaho, to Japanese immigrant parents, Kameji and Miyoshi Okamura, Kimi was the eldest daughter of 6 children: Paul, Aiko, Roy, Minnie and Yuri. Sister Mary died in infancy.
In 1936 Kimi married Kazuo Takechi of Kochi, Japan. The following year they moved to Omaha where Kaz accepted a sales job for Harry Watanabe, founder of Oriental Trading Company. In 1947 the couple opened Takechi’s Gift and Jewelry in downtown Omaha. They raised 5 children, Richard, Stephan, Jane, Julie and Geraldine (Jeri).
Over the years, Kimi and Kaz promoted strong cultural, business and educational exchanges between Japan and America; Kimi helped establish Omaha’s first sister city relationship with Shizuoka, Japan. She was a co-founder of Omaha’s chapter of Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement. In 2018 Kimi was named as one of the “trailblazing women of Omaha” in an exhibit held at the Durham Museum.