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Obituaries for September 1

Benjamin “Ben” De Mello III, 84, of Hilo died Aug. 19 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, he was a retired truck driver, rodeo truck driver for the military and U.S. Navy Korean War veteran. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 7) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Prayer service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Joseph De Mello of San Diego and Benjamin De Mello IV of the mainland; brother, Caesar De Mello of Hilo; sisters, Ivy Lidig and Leilani Carver of Las Vegas. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Ernest James Jackson, 39, of Pahoa died Aug. 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hammond, La., he was a home builder and owner of Full Spectrum Home Improvements. Celebration of life 1-4 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 2) at Kalani Honua EMax building, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Road, Pahoa, followed by a lantern sendoff on the Seaview Lawn. Please bring a small pupu or dish to share and be prepared to take leftovers. Silent auction to be hosted with proceeds for Ernest’s children. Donations of goods and services for auction are being accepted. Contact Kevin Horton and Misti Johnson at Kalapana100@yahoo.com. Survived by wife, Jennifer Jackson of Pahoa; sons, Jamar Jackson and Tristan Jackson of Pahoa; daughter, Amora Jackson of Pahoa; mother, Alean (Salvador Mosley) Jackson of Florida; sisters, Joeanna Jackson, Miranda Mosley and Mildred Mosley of Florida; brothers, Willie Jackson, Derrick Jackson and Errick Jackson of Florida; mothers of his sons, Ruby Lang of Florida and Jennifer Mydock of Hawaii; nieces, nephews, cousins aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Raymond Rayner Haliimaile Kinney, 88, of Kailua-Kona died Aug. 15. Born in Honolulu, he was a general manager in hospitality. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by son, Rayner Kinney Jr. of Hilo; daughters, Leimana (Robert) DaMate of Ka‘u; Rhana Aulike (Peter) Matsuoka of Holualoa; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Karl Van Ventura, 59, of Ocean View died July 26 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Hilo, he was a self-employed ASE certified auto body collision technician/painter, worked for LOMAX and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Visitation 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 2) at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Holualoa. Memorial service at 1 p.m. Casual attire; flowers welcome. Survived by wife, Tammy Ventura of Ocean View; son, Wasen Van Ventura of California; daughters, Jeremie Ventura-Correa of Hilo, Desiree (Chris Prados) Ventura-Alu of Ocean View, Hakunani (Blake Baraoidan) Anakalea and Vanda Ventura of Kailua-Kona; mother, Loretta Johnston of Ocean View; sisters, Robyn Ventura of Ocean View and LoriJoe Ventura of Texas; stepsons, Hailama Anakalea III of Honalo and Brandin (Mahealani) Anakalea of Kailua-Kona; 13 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Wai Lin (Salina) Weiler, 67, of Kailua-Kona, formerly of Sydney, Australia, and San Francisco, died Aug. 27. She was born in Hong Kong. Survived by spouse, Peter; brothers, Richard Wong and Bing Cheund Wong of Hong Kong; sister Cindy Chung of Sydney. Memorial services at a later date. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.


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