FORT WORTH — William “Bill” Mitsuharu Nagase passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the age of 86.
Memorial service: Private.
William was born to Kanesaburo and Yone Uchida Nagase on Nov. 16, 1929, in Japan. Bill was a kamikaze pilot in World War II. The war ended just before his mission was scheduled to depart. Bill came to the United States on a private sponsorship from a U.S. colonel in 1953. He ended up in Fort Worth and attended TCU, where he graduated with a business degree. He met Nancy Wilkins and soon they were married. Bill worked at Bell Helicopter and retired from General Dynamics as a program analyst after 25 years of service. He introduced judo to the state of Texas and was known as the “father of Texas judo.” He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be deeply missed.
The family would like to say a special thank-you to Community Hospice for all the compassion and care during his illness.
Survivors: Daughter, Nancy Campbell; grandchildren, Tracy Long, Marty Long, Kim Campbell, Kerry Campbell and Kirt Campbell; several great-grandchildren; and many friends.
BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557