October 16, 1932 ~ April 5, 2019
"Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." - John Wayne
Tom "Burt" Kikuchi passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Tacoma, WA on April 5, 2019, at the age of 86.
Tom was born to Bunshiro and Aki (Sagawa) Kikuchi in Layton, UT on October 16, 1932. He graduated from Davis High School and then served overseas in the Army during the Korean War. Tom attended Weber State College and worked in civil service for Hill Air Force base for many years, retiring in 1988.
Tom was married to Beth "Pug" Carlos on October 13, 1969, in Reno, NV. They were happily married for 49 years.
He was an avid gardener, card player, and enjoyed being involved with his daughter's activities. He was active in bowling leagues, sometimes enjoyed golfing, and loved to watch Westerns. He will be fondly remembered for his well-timed catch phrases and one-liners that were always good for a laugh. After retirement, he and his wife Beth traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada for many years, meeting many friends and seeing the sights together.
Tom is survived by his wife, Beth; daughter Kara (Carrie) Kikuchi, two sisters, Fumi Tateoka and Marye Okada, sister-in-law, Mary Kikuchi, step-sons, Doug (Sandy) Carlos and Wayne (Denise) Carlos, daughter-in-law, Marsha Carlos, 12 very much-loved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family and friends.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, brothers George, Jun (Hiroko), and Jim (Lil), brothers-in-law, Tom Tateoka and Kenge Okada, step-son Don Carlos, step-daughter Shanna Banks, and grandson Cade Carlos.
At Tom's request there will be no funeral service or remembrances. The family of Tom Kikuchi wishes to thank VA Health Care and Franciscan Hospice for all their help in his final days.
"I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please." - John Wayne