Remo Minato, son of Italian immigrants, passed away Oct. 30, at his home in Portland of COVID complications. He was 90.
The youngest of four children, Remo was born to Anselmo and Maria Minato on Feb. 12, 1930, in San Francisco. He and his siblings, however, grew up in Chiloquin, Oregon.
Remo graduated in 1947 from Chiloquin High School. Following graduation, he served 18 months in the Navy and attended the Oregon Technical Institute. He married his high school classmate and one true love, Joanne Weddle, January 23, 1954, in Chiloquin.
Remo and Joanne made their first home at the
Klamath Agency, and Remo began working for the
Road Department of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A job transfer to Portland in 1960 led him to move
his family, which now included five children. In 1963,
Remo and Joanne, now with six children, moved
into the only home they would ever own. Remo and
Joanne kept busy over the next two decades with
family, neighborhood, church and PTA activities.
Sadly, Joanne, not quite 56 years old, died unexpectedly
in 1988 of a brain aneurysm. A year later,
Remo retired from the BIA and became an avid traveler.
He made his first trip to Italy with Joanne in
1987 and made three more over the years. He also
traveled to Turkey, Egypt, Guatemala, Chile and
Mexico and many of the 50 states. In 2015, Remo
moved to The Courtyard at Mt. Tabor where he lived
peacefully until his death.
He is survived by his children: Robert Minato
(Carol Drost) of Salem; Kevin Minato (Tracy) of
Portland; Dena Minato (Dave Kullowatz) of Albany;
Teresa Minato (David Coate) of Portland, Laura
Minato (Chip Sudbeck) of Portland, and Joseph
Minato (Amy) of Portland; grandchildren, Frannie
McIntyre, Matthias Kullowatz, Marissa Minato,
Anthony Coate, Lili Minato, Elina Minato, Mateo
Minato, Ruby Minato; two great granddaughters,
niece Rosemarie Wright; and many nieces, nephews
and cousins in both the United States and Italy. He
was predeceased by his wife, Joanne, his brothers
Alfeo and Narciso Minato, his sister, Gina Neet,
an infant brother, Giuseppe Minato, and an infant
grandson, Milo Minato.
The family has planned a private graveside service
and interment at Willamette National Cemetery on
Nov. 13. A public viewing is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4
p.m., Nov. 12, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 SE
Remo was a 6O-year member of St. Anne's
Catholic Church and friend of St. Philip Neri
Catholic Church, both in Portland. His children
have requested that their father be remembered in
mass intentions at St. Philip Neri, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.,
and at St. Anne's, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.
A more complete story of Remo's life and online
condolences can be found at https://greshamfuneral.
com/obituary/remo-minato/. Charitable donations
in Remo's name can be made to SnowCap
Community Charities, www.snowcap.org.