David Takao Ozaki, 44, of Lawrence, Kan., died Wednesday (August 6, 2014), of heart disease.
David was born in Lincoln, Neb., (10-20-1969), to Ron and Millie Ozaki. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1987, a member of the Link marching band and golf team. He attended KU and played in the marching band. He made his home in Lawrence, working in the restaurant business, the insurance business and most recently as a claims adjuster for Carstar in Leavenworth.
In addition to his family, Scouting was David’s passion. He earned his Eagle Scout with Troop 35 in Lincoln and as an adult worked to make sure his own children – and many others – gained what he had through Scouts. He led his own sons’ Cub Scout pack, was assistant adviser for his oldest daughter’s Venture Crew and served as scoutmaster of Troop 60.
He was district commissioner for Pelathe District, served on numerous district committees, earned a number of Scouting awards and trained many other scout leaders. For years he served as camp commissioner for Camp Naish’s Bear Camp near Bonner Springs.
He also coached his children’s youth basketball, baseball and softball teams.
He is survived by his wife Pat; children, Steven, Caitlyn, Daniel and Megan; father Ron; sister Claire, of Houston; brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Margaret and nephews Marshall, Grant and Will of Lincoln; mother-in-law Barb Sufian of Lawrence; and special family friend Joan Reist of Lincoln.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Millie Ozaki.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the LDS Church, 3655 W. 10th St., followed by a campfire at Camp Bromelsich, 682 N. 1400 Road, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to honor David’s scouting career. Dress casual for campfire; bring chairs.
Memorials can be sent to family or Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, Kan., 66044-8260. Monies will be used for his children’s college fund, and to establish a Scout scholarship in David’s name.