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Edward Eichi Nishizawa

September 25, 1929 ~ March 5, 2019 (age 89)

Nishizawa, Edward Eichi
Schoolcraft, MI

Passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 due to injuries received in an automobile accident. Age 89. Edward was born on September 25, 1929 in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, the son of the late Ukichi Nishizawa and Haruko Tanaka Nishizawa. He was left alone in Canada as a 16 year old, when his family repatriated to Japan and is exemplary of how a person can start from very little and become very successful. He received his Masters Degree from the University in Manitoba and later received his PhD from the University of Ottawa. Edward was a research scientist who conducted studies on cholesterol which led to our understanding of cholesterol's role in heart disease. He worked for Upjohn for many years, retiring in 1986. He was enthusiastic about his hobby farm and was a great inventor. He could build just about anything and could be described as a "Modern Day Renaissance Man". He also enjoyed wood working and gardening. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sharlene Reich Nishizawa; his children, Arlene (Ralph) Holek and Michael (Pamela) Nishizawa; step-children, Terri (Jim) Wait and Jerri (John, deceased) Carrott; grandchildren, Jeffrey Holek and Matthew Holek & Elijah, Kaleb and Loukas Nishizawa; siblings, Susan Masters, Umeko Motoshima, Michiko Kitada, Chizuko Kimura, Minoru Nishizawa, and Toru Nishizawa; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings, Grace Smith and Shigeru Nishizawa. Friends may visit with the family from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Following the visitation a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.


Donations may be made to:

American Heart Association
Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago IL 60674


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