Graveside services were held for William Tsuyoshi Ishida, 88, of Lindsay on Jan. 28. He died on Jan. 24 in Porterville.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1917 on the Keeley Ranch in Lindsay. As a youngster, he attended the Japanese School, Nihon Gakko, across the street from the Save Center Market, on Saturday and Sunday for five hours each day. He attended Rocky Hill Elementary School and Exeter High School graduating in 1934. While in high school he participated in football and track.

After high school he volunteered for military service in 1941. He was stationed in Fort Ord and later was recommended for Military Intelligence Service and was trained as an interpreter. He saw active duty in the Northern Solomon Islands and Southern Philippines where he earned the Silver Star for bravery and other citations and awards.

On April 2, 1946 he married Helen Fumiko Yagi of Corinne, Utah moving to Ivanhoe later that year. In 1948 he acquired property outside of Lindsay and began truck farming with his father and brothers until the Ishida Nursery and orchards took hold. The Ishida Nursery operated for more than 20 years selling olive and citrus trees throughout the Central Valley.

Later, he renamed his 90 acres of citrus groves Stonefield Clearing. Ishida means stone field in Japanese, and clearing was added to suggest a thriving ranch, devoid of thousands of stones and rocks removed by the Ishida's four children. He served on the board of local cooperative packing houses. He was proud to be a member of the Tulare Grand Jury in the early 70's .

He is survived by his wife, Helen, of 59 years; sister, Ida Takemoto, brothers, Ralph and Robert, all of Lindsay; daughter Ilene Okamoto of Kobe, Japan; and sons, Gary of Porterville, Craig of Castro Valley, and Bruce of Lindsay; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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