Perry Sato, 87, formerly Mitchell

Perry Sato, 87, of San Jose, CA, and recently of Hillsboro, OR, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Mitchell with the Reverend Judith Ann Sato, of the Diocese of El Camino Real and Perry's Daughter-in-Law, and Rev. Carol Ann Bullard officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, August 31, at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell with the family present. Online condolences may be made by visiting The Jones Mortuary of Mitchell is assisting the family.

Perry was born October 10, 1924 to Harukichi Harry and Noi (Aihara) Sato near Lyman, Nebraska. Perry grew up on the family farm south of Morrill. He attended Russell School through 8th grade then attended Mitchell High School where he graduated in 1941.

He then joined the family's farming and feeding operation, Harry Sato & Sons. They raised wheat, barley, sugar beets, beans, potatoes, seed potatoes, alfalfa and onions; fed and fattened cattle and lambs, and did some earth moving work. The Great Western Sugar Company awarded them for being High Ten and High sugar producer in their sugar beet production. In 1964 the family farming operation dissolved and Perry and his wife Virginia and son Rodney moved to Wheatridge, Colorado where he started his own landscaping business and did carpentry work. He worked up until his retirement in 1997 when he and Virginia moved to Hillsboro, Oregon to be near their son and grandchildren. He enjoyed his retirement working in the garden, oil painting, and being with his grandchildren and then with his great-grandchildren. Perry and Virginia moved down to live with their son in San Jose, California in February this year.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, son Rodney and his wife Judith Sato; grandchildren: Jeremy and his wife Jessica Sato of St. Charles, MO, Eric Sato of Tokyo, Japan, and Sye-Ok Sato of Castro Valley, CA.; great-grandchildren Nathan and Lily Sato of St.Charles, MO.; brother Kenneth Sato of Pullman, Washington; and sister, Asako Morioka of Goshen, Kentucky; sister-in-laws, Tatsuko Sato of Mitchell and Lily Sato of Centerville, Ohio.

Preceding Perry in death were his parents, Harry and Noi Sato; sister, Mary; and brothers, Frank, Paul, George and Roger, and an Infant Son.

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