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Koei Nakanishi

November 18, 1934 — October 22, 2023

Koei Nakanishi, age 88, of Farmington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2023 in Centerville, Ohio. He was born November 18, 1934 in Wailuku, Hawaii to Jiro and Kotoku (Uyehara) Nakanishi.

Koei proudly served in the United States Air Force and was also employed by Best Foods International and the University of Arkansas. He approached each day with a strong work ethic and left a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Koei was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and "Happy Spirit." He was an avid sports enthusiast and a season ticket holder for the University of Arkansas football and basketball teams. He also enjoyed running and competed in the Boston, Dallas and Air Force Marathons. Other hobbies included gardening, listening and dancing to music and telling jokes.

He was humble, soft-spoken and always had an infectious smile and kind words for everyone he met. His easygoing manner won the hearts of many.

Koei is survived by two sons, Mark Nakanishi (Lori) and Daniel Nakanishi; granddaughter, Katrina McQuay (Mathew); sister, Lois Valeriay (Anthony) and brother, Ray Nakanishi (Naomi).

Koei was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife of 61 years, Theresa and brothers, Shigeru (Katherine), Shigeo (Anna), Toshio (Betty) and Noboru (Erika).

Friends and relatives are invited to join the Nakanishi family at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 8 at Moore's Chapel Funeral Home, 206 W Center St., Fayetteville, AR. A funeral procession will depart Moore's at 2 p.m.

A military honors ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at 4:00 p.m. and be held at the Graduate Fayetteville, 70 N East Ave., Fayetteville, AR. Aloha attire is encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation, in Koei's honor, to help the 2023 Maui wildfire survivors at or consider a contribution to the American Heart Association by calling 1-800-242-8721, and select the donation option.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Friday, December 8, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Moore's Chapel Funeral Home

206 W Center St., Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Friday, December 8, 2023

2:30 - 3:30 pm (Eastern time)

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