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Yoshiko Knope

August 4, 1936 — July 9, 2018

On Monday, July 9, 2018, Yoshiko Knope passed away at the age of 81 years.

Yoshiko was born in Okinawa, Japan to Soko and Uto Machida. It was there she attended high school and was later employed at the United States Marine Corps base where she met her husband James. They were married for 46 years.

Yoshiko’s legacy lives on through her daughter, Alice Martin and her husband Tony, and through her grandchildren Kelcey Clapp and her husband Jordan, Noah and Jonah, and great-grandchildren Emmy, Ollie, and Hazel. They all lovingly called her “Obaa.”

She is preceded in death by her parents Soko and Uto Machida, and her brother Minoru. She is survived by her sisters Sadako, Chiyoko, and Sumiko, and her brother Kunio.

Yoshiko loved to garden extensively and go bowling. She also loved to spoil her grandkids and great-grandkids rotten. She was a faithful supporter of Kansas City baseball and football and Indiana basketball. She will be sorely missed.


Funeral Services were held Tuesday, July 17, 201 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Family received friends Monday evening July 16, 2018 at the funeral home.

The family suggest in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions may be made to Pearl S. Buck International.

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