Mac Makoto Kawamura

Deceased: March 21, 2016

Service Information:

Visitation: Saturday, April 2, 2016 10am until Funeral Service at 11am


Mac Makoto Kawamura, 94, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 in Chicago, his hometown since the late 1940s. He was born in Iwate Prefecture, Japan but his family relocated to the United States when he was very young allowing him to grow up in Seattle, Washington. Mac was evacuated to the Minidoka Relocation Camp in Idaho in 1942 with many other Japanese when World War II broke out. After the War, he moved to Chicago where he met and married Alice (nee Mukai, deceased) his beloved wife for over fifty-three years. Mac and Alice shared a love for adventurous travel and experienced many interesting destinations such as the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Komodo Island, the Galapagos and Nepal. He was a supportive and encouraging father to Ami and Jon, and father-in-law to Liz, and a loving grandfather to Caitlin and Mari. His family will greatly miss his sense of humor, solid character, adventurous spirit, and love of ice cream.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Lakeview Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation in Memory of Mac Kawamura to the Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago, IL (


April 3, 2016

Dear Ami and Jon and the rest of Macís family.

I met Mac and Ami when I was an intern w/JASC from the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work in my first field placement. I worked with the Out of the House group in 2011-2012. Mac was very quiet but just so, so sweet. I enjoyed when he did talk about the exciting travels he had throughout his live with his wife. I would offer him my arm as we went from the gym to the break room for our lunches.

I just learned about Macís passing today, so I was unable to attend or send a card but I wanted the family to know they are in my thoughts and Iím so sorry to hear about the loss of Mac. The Out of the House group was one of the highlights of my years in graduate school. I now work for Rush hospital as a Case manager, and I still enjoy working with the geriatric patients most of all.

My deepest condolences and wishes for strength and comfort for you in this time of sorrow.

Bonnie Richardson, LSW