Toru Kusaka

Dec 25, 1939 - Oct 26, 2022

Toru Allan Kusaka was born on December 25, 1939 in Longview, Washington to Ichiro and Kimiko Kusaka and he grew up on Bainbridge Island, WA and in Heart Mountain, WY.

Toru attended Bainbridge High School and Seattle University. He joined the US Air Force in 1963 and upon discharge, began a career with FEMA that lasted decades. His job entailed traveling the country and setting up field command and communication tents when natural disasters occurred.

Caring for others was Toru’s passion. He enjoyed tending to his elderly father and cat, hosting annual family BBQ’s, yard work and feeding the wildlife around his home. He firmly remained faithful to maintaining his father’s home and caring for the neighbor on Bainbridge Island.

Toru is survived by his brother, Kenji, and nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ichiro (1990) and Kimiko (1944), and siblings Shigeo (1935), Janet Faubion (1989) and Joyce Katayama (2020).

To say that Toru will be missed is an understatement. His dry humor, loyalty and presence will forever live on in our hearts. He was a true example of a life well lived and with others in mind.

A celebration of life will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on July 1, 2023 at 3922 205th Pl SW, Lynnwood, WA.