Francisco “Rip” Reponte, June 4, 1928 - May 6, 2018, age 89, peacefully past away surrounded by loved ones following a year struggle with his health. Francisco was born June 4, 1928 in Puunene, Maui Hawaii, one of fourteen children of Dionisio and Dorothea Reponte. From a large Ohana living in Puunene he acquired his love of competition in games and sports and Ohana at an early age. Attended Puunene Elementary School and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1947. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1947 (soon afterward it was renamed United States Air Force). After basic training/tech school at Schofield Barracks his first assignment was in Tokyo, Japan. While stationed there he met the love of his life, Florida Dela Cruz, from Wailua, Oahu, Hawaii, who was working at the Supreme Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan as a clerical clerk. They got married March 1953 in Tokyo, Japan. This past March they celebrated 65 years of marital bliss. He is a proud WWII, Korean and Viet Nam vet. In addition to his military career and raising his three boy’s, he was involved in coaching and officiating numerous sports (football, basketball, volleyball, softball, Judo, etc.). His love for teaching and coaching was unwavering.
The military gave him an opportunity to travel. While in Europe he would take his Ohana on many a “field trip”. He retired from the Air Force in 1968 at Castle Air Force Base. Upon retirement he took a job at the City of Atwater in the Park and Recreation Department for 10 years. He help develop numerous sport programs for the Atwater community. He also worked at Castle AFB Fitness Center as thier Sports Director. He enjoyed being a umpire, referee and a coach of numerous sports. His love for Judo was eminent throughout his lifetime; becoming the “sensai” of a Judo Club.
Throughout his “adult” life he kept his Ohana close with parties and luaus. A constant source of love, his commitment to Ohana was unwavering.
We are comforted that you are now free. With so much gratitude for the aloha you gave us, we look forward to the day we will be with you again.
Francisco is survived by two sons, Don (Hannah) and Robert (Tamara) of Atwater, CA and daughter-in-law Manuela as well as his sister Elizabeth Hirata of Maui, Hawaii and his brother James Reponte of Oahu, Hawaii. 6 grandchildren; Robert (Katherine), Kalani (Darienne), Florida (Charles), Regina (Anthony), Sarah (Nathan), and Elizabeth (John). 15 great grandchildren; Emory, Paisley, Kalani Junior (KJ), Jeramiah, Leilani, Noelani, Kaniela, Kanoa, Melelani, Iolani, Nora, Julia, Thomas, Cara, Chance. 1 great great grandchild; Lucia.
He is predeceased with his three children; Junior Boy, Edward and Francine.
We would like to thank Bristol Hospice for their compassion in taking care of Francisco. Also we would like to thank family and friends for their love and support.
Viewing will be on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 4-8pm with a Rosary starting at 7pm at Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home in Atwater.
Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 18, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Atwater.
Immediately following will be full military honors at the church.