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Maui Obituary Notices: Week of Aug. 25, 2019

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John Edward Seeley

July 15, 1928 – August 17, 2019

John Seeley, 91, of Kīhei, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Aug. 17 after a long battle with renal failure. Originally from New Jersey, John enlisted in the Navy at 17 and served as a Corpsman, proudly attached to the 5th Marines in San Diego, Guam, and North China.

John moved to Maui in 1993, and instantly fell in love with his island home. He showed his aloha ʻāina by becoming involved in a variety of volunteer work.

His love of Maui was surpassed only by his love for his ʻohana. He was a devoted family man who, along with Rita—his beloved wife of 66 years—began a legacy of 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many hānai children.

John was well known for his sense of humor, his boisterous laugh, and his love of talking story. He will be missed and eternally loved by all who knew him. A private service will be held at a later date.


Ronald Vaught

Ronald Vaught

June 3, 1937 – August 16, 2019

Ronald David Vaught, 82 of Kīhei, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Glenn Albert and Florence Balicki Vaught. Although he is no longer here, he will continue to live in the hearts of his loving wife, Alexa Keaunui Vaught; daughters Faith (Thomas) Sandi of Lahaina, Lisa (Jim) Schmidt of Las Vegas, and son Mark (Melinda) Vaught of Wailuku; grandchildren Cymbre Sandi, Krystal (Keoni) Lota, Madison Vaught, Montana Vaught, and Mallorie Vaught; and great-grandchildren Chaston Abut, and Jordyn Lota.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at Waiola Church on Wainee Street in Lahaina on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, with family time from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and continued visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and services to begin at 11:00 a.m.


Ron moved to Maui in 1958 to attend Maunaolu College in Paia where he found his love of singing and the love of his life Alexa. Ron was known as a “Radio Man” – building and managing three radio stations on Maui – KNUI, KAOI, and KHEI. Eventually he found his way to KMVI, the oldest station on Maui. Throughout the years he was a well-known voice, voicing commercials as well as narrating different projects for many groups. He then went on to publish Maui Visitor Magazine helping it to grow with issues on several islands. He served his community through various organizations including Rotary International, the Maui Police Commission, and the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. He was a long time member of Makawao Union Church and its choir and eventually moved to Waiola Church in Lahaina. Ron loved to sing, lending his voice to many choirs and concerts. He will be missed.

Marsha Ann Erenia Leonani Shepherd

Marsha Ann Erenia Leonani Shepherd

March 8, 1955 – August 14, 2019

Marsha Ann Erenia Leonani Shepherd, 64 of Kahului, went home to Jesus on Aug. 14, 2019 while surrounded by her loved ones at Hospice Maui Hale. She was born on March 8, 1955 in Wailuku.

Marsha Ann was a self-employed seamstress. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, caring for others and sharing the love of Jesus.


Marsha Ann is survived by her children, Domino Rarangol, Justin Shepherd, Everjoy Shepherd, Magik Kalua Shepherd; hānai son, Keanu Pacheco; brothers, Christopher Bueno, and Shane Bueno; sisters, Marilyn “Java” Kaahanui, and Henereit “Juling” Taclan; and her pet dog, Churro.

She is predeceased by her husband, Pastor Charles Shepherd; brother, Isaac Kaaihue; and sisters, Violet “Luana” Hoopai, and Margarita Bueno.

Funeral services will be held at Ballard Family Mortuary on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 with family viewing starting at 9 a.m., public viewing at 10 a.m., and service starting at 11:30 a.m. with cremation to follow.

The family would like to express a heartfelt gratitude to all their family and friends. Special thanks to the staff of Hospice Maui and Maui Memorial Medical center.

Ronald S. Gima

November 23, 1954 – August 8, 2019

Ronald S. Gima, 64 of Honolulu, passed away on Aug. 8, 2019. He was born on Nov. 23, 1954 in Puʻunēnē, Maui.

A memorial in Ronald’s honor will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului.

Ronald was a retired teacher. He is survived by his mother, Katherine Yakabe Gima; sisters, JoAnn Lowe (Warren-deceased), Leona Morgan (Richard); and 10 nieces and nephews.

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