Koji Kuroiwa

Died: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 01, 2017
Location: Singleton Mortuary

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Dec. 02, 2017
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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Koji Kuroiwa, 91, of Indianapolis passed away November 25, 2017. He was born on January 23, 1926 to Hisakichi and Tsutaye (Itami) Kuroiwa in Los Angeles CA. On November 15, 1952, he married Jane Ellen Hollenbaugh. Koji served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was self-employed for 63 years as a Poultry Sexor, retiring in 2004. Koji was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mooresville Ward, Indianapolis West Stake.

Koji is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane Kuroiwa; their children, Guy Koji Kuroiwa (Sheryll), Dan Koji Kuroiwa (Amy), Donald Tok Kuroiwa, Jane Anne Sutton (Jerry), Ted Charles Kuroiwa, Amy Faye Vorwaller (David), and Kirk Douglas Kuroiwa (Donna), sisters Faye Osako, Ruby Taki, and Linda Fujioka; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in passing by his parents, sister Micki Kimura, and brothers Tokuo and Takashi Kuroiwa.

Services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 900 E Stop 11 Road Indianapolis Stake Center. Visitation is 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center and one hour prior to service time at the church. Flowers may be sent to the Singleton Mortuary. The family requests that memorial contributions go to the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Online condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.singletonmortuary.com

Koji was born in Montebello, California as the 5th of seven children of Hisakichi and Tsutaye.  He helped on his parents' farm and attended public and Japanese schools. At 14, Koji was sent by Greyhound bus from California to Worchester, Massachusetts to live with and help his brother Tok on his apple orchard.

One year later the Kuroiwa family was subject to Executive Order 9066, the United States’ forced removal of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children from the West Coast following the events at Pearl Harbor. Koji’s parents and younger sister were confined to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, also known as an internment camp. Eventually, Koji and Tok were allowed to sponsor them and they were released to leave the camp for Massachusetts.  The other sisters joined them there while their husbands served in the 442nd Japanese-American Regiment of the U.S. Army. To supplement their incomes during this time, Koji and Tok became poultry sexors, determining the sex of baby chickens (pullets) for the nation's vast poultry industry.  

The Korean War followed in 1950 and Koji enlisted in the U.S. Army.  Stationed as a military policeman at Camp Atterbury in Nineveh, Indiana he attended LDS youth dances and activities with an army buddy. There he met Jane Ellen Hollenbaugh at the Prospect Street LDS chapel in Indianapolis. They married in November of 1952 and after Koji's release from the army in February 1953 they moved to Troy, New York where he re-entered the poultry sexor trade, a skill that became his lifelong career.

Four children were born while residing in New York before returning to Indianapolis in 1963 where three more children came into the family. Koji managed the chicken processing at Farm Bureau Hatchery on Kentucky Avenue and along with his wife and children some extended family and friends provided extra hands in the labor. Farm Bureau closed in 1982 and Koji found work at Rose Acres Farms in Seymour, Indiana.

When not working, he loved to take his family on camping adventures and to historical sites across the country. After 65 years of marriage, Jane and her seven children, 18 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren celebrate the life of Koji Kuroiwa.

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Charmel Warren
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
My prayers are with you all during the season. Be strong in the Lord and allow the Peace of God to surpass all of your understanding.

Brian and Donna Melton
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
We were sorry to hear that Uncle Cork passed away. Our prayers have been with you all. We have faith though, that we will all see each other again. With much love, Brian and Donna

Anita Hubbard Green
   Posted Wed November 29, 2017
Don and the Kuroiwa family please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything that I could do for you please let me know. RIP Mr. Kuroiwa.

Wilma and Ruth Hollenbaugh
   Posted Thu November 30, 2017
Aunt Jane and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Cork's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies. We will always remember him fondly.
Wilma and Ruth

Michelle Wildman
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
Prayers for all of those that love him.
He will be missed - but never forgotten
❤️Michelle Wildman.

Cindy Beanblossom
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
Sending your family deepest warm wishes. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Brenda Dinkeldein
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
Jane & Family, My thoughts are with you at this time. Brother Kuroiwa's passing I know is very bittersweet. May the sweet peace the gospel brings be with each of you.

Mary Jones
   Posted Sat December 02, 2017
I remember helping at the chicken hatchery! The SMELL, oh that smell.... LOL!
Prayers to the family and hugs to Aunt Jane!

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