Kunihiro Ichikawa

Born on January 25, 1972

Departed on February 7, 2021 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Kunihiro Ichikawa, age 49, of Goodlettsville, TN passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Kuni was born in Japan on January 25, 1972; he was the beloved son of Takaya Ichikawa and Mitsuko Yanagisawa Ichikawa. He earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Toledo. Kuni was employed with New Mather Metals for 22 years. His hobbies included: reading books, riding bikes, dancing with his daughters, and walking his dog.

He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Angela Ichikawa, to whom he was married on January 2, 1998. Kuni was an extraordinarily wonderful, extremely patient, and amusing father. He never missed his children’s dance performances or school activities and never failed to let his daughters, Savannah and Kambria Ichikawa know how proud he was of them.

He was a best friend to his younger brother, Takashi Ichikawa. Kuni was cherished as a son by Angela’s parents, Elizabeth and Daymon McCartney, and as a brother-in-law by Daymon, sister-in-law Katie, and Nephew Kaden McCartney. Angela’s entire family loved Kuni. He brought us immense joy and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Kunihiro was preceded in death by his Grandparents Tsunejiro and Yutaka Ichikawa, and Grandparents Katsuyori and Morie Yanagisawa.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 East Main Street in Hendersonville, on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to Make-A-Wish America Gift Processing, 1702 East Highland Avenue, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016 or the ARDS Foundation.

Visit the online obituary www.hendersonvillefh.com to post tributes and share memories.

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34 Comments to Kunihiro Ichikawa

  1. Lydia Barron
    February 10, 2021 3:11 pm

    I will greatly miss Kuni. I have many memories of him talking about his girls and dance.
    We had great laughs at his video where he danced with other dance fathers.
    He always had good things to say about his family and how much he loved them.
    I’m sorry he was taken so soon from you.

    • Angela Ichikawa
      February 11, 2021 11:16 am

      Thank you for telling me that. He really was such a wonderful husband and father! I’m happy he spread joy at work too.

  2. Carl W. Arflack
    February 10, 2021 4:28 pm

    Kuni will be missed by all who knew him. A good and decent person who always thought of others. Any conversation with Kuni was an entertaining conversation. He was a true inspiration to others.

  3. Chris Mayhew
    February 11, 2021 6:33 am

    Would loved to known him beyond the work environment he was always such a cheerful person. He loved to cut up and most always had a smile on face. It has been a blessing to get to know him and work with him. RIP my dear friend. Prayers of peace and comfort for all his family and love ones.

  4. Veronica Mattlin
    February 11, 2021 7:17 am

    Kuni was such a king, caring, loving man! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him! What a wonderful man he was! He was always a joy to be around! From the first day I met him, I knew he was special! Angela, I’m sooo sorry that you have to go through this! His wife and girls meant everything to him! Savannah and Kambria, I love you so very much! I’m sooo sorry for your loss of your beloved dad! My heart breaks for you! If there’s anything that you guys need please let me know! I love you all so very much!

  5. Aunt Marchie - Catherine Potridge
    February 11, 2021 7:57 am

    Kuni had such a wonderful sense of humor! He was so ornery and I always looked forward see him because I knew he would make me laugh. Whether he was organizing my sister’s refrigerator or on stage hamming it up with a dance routine for his daughters, he was a joy to behold!

    Kuni, Olivia and I love you and will miss you always!

  6. Jon Madden
    February 11, 2021 12:25 pm

    We have been saddened by the loss our friend Kuni. We have had the greatest pleasure to work with Kuni as a business supplier of tubing. I have worked with him since I started at Nippon Steel Pipe America (Seymour Tubing Inc) over 19 years. I remember the first time I met Kuni in Toledo Ohio Facility. He always strived to be understanding in difficult situations. He always had good things to say and had the most pleasurable demeanor. Kuni always made our business relations feel like a friendship. With my deepest sympathy and respect for the loss of such a fine gentlemen. We will miss him tremendously as a businessman and friend. I hope that in this most difficult time that you and the girls take comfort in knowing that your husband and dad touched so many hearts. He will be truly missed.
    Jon M

  7. Liz Thomas
    February 11, 2021 1:32 pm

    I have only worked with Kuni since last March, even during this time of social distancing, I still got to know him and see what a kind, good humored man he is. His passing has left a void in our team and our hearts. He will be missed by his work family.

    My heartfelt condolences to his family.

    Liz T.

  8. Doug & Brenda Cellier
    February 11, 2021 2:10 pm

    Words cannot adequately express the sympathy that we extend to you Angela and to your girls. Kuni was such an amazing man. He truly is unforgettable. He had such a wonderful personality…so warm and kind. We loved his humor and how easy he was to be around. He brings a smile to my face when I think back on his fun antics. He loved his family very much. It breaks my heart that God called him home at such a young age. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Kevin Ludwig
    February 11, 2021 2:28 pm

    I worked with Kuni at the Toledo plant. He was a very good person. He always had a smile on his face and was very friendly. It was a pleasure to work with him. So sorry for your loss. Prayers sent to you and your family 🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️

  10. Keith Sherer
    February 11, 2021 2:38 pm

    Kuni has a special place in my heart for he was our Japanese guide in Japan for New Mathers educational trip to NHK’s implementation of the employee Dojo process at the Toledo Plant in 2006. Great fun and memories in the years that followed with Kuni. He seemed to truly want the best for his workers. Great friend and boss. Prayers for Angie, his daughters and family and friends.

  11. John Robinette
    February 11, 2021 4:33 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Kuni he I worked with him at New Mather Metals. He was my mentor it the Kaizen process. He taught me many things while we worked together , things that have helped me throughout my life at the other places I have worked
    He will truly be missed he was a shining star

  12. Shintaro & Ryoko Watanabe
    February 11, 2021 8:28 pm

    It is with a shock that I received the news of the passing away of Kuni san. Kuni san visited our house in Toledo, OH with Angela and he became unforgettable person for Watanabe family. He was always had smile on his face and told us many stories when he was raised in Japan. Also he provided me an encourage and confidence to live in U.S.A. as Japanese.
    Kuni san will be terribly missed by Watanabe family, Hiroyuki, Haruko, Maki, and Ryoko.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends.

  13. Stacie Sime
    February 12, 2021 12:57 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss . My heart breaks for all of you . Kuni was a great neighbor who always had a smile on his face . We are sending our love ,prayers ,and thoughts to all of you . Stacie Jeff ,Zoie and Jadyn Sime

  14. Dewey Simpson
    February 12, 2021 3:56 am

    Kunis was a great guy to be around and to work for. So sorry to hear of his passing. The world is no doubt a better place because of him. Kuni always had time for everyone. Praying for his family and you have my deepest sympathy. RIP my friend.

  15. Robin R Adams
    February 12, 2021 10:53 am

    So sorry to hear of Kuni’s passing, he was such a wonderful person. So blessed to have known him. Praying for his family and friends. His passing will leave a void in many, many hearts.

  16. Aaron Best
    February 12, 2021 4:24 pm

    I have worked with Kuni for many years. Through business ups and downs he always looked out for others. He would ask me “how are you doing?” and then follow up with “no really how are you doing?”- he truly wanted to know. He cared for others and it showed daily. I could always count on Kuni for a laugh or a good story. He will be missed in our organization and our lives.

  17. Thad Osten
    February 12, 2021 6:13 pm

    Kuni was a wonderful mentor and friend. I was his lead Kaizen Project Engineer at the New Mather Toledo plant but it always felt like more than work for me- Kuni truly made it pure joy. We would have many life discussions and he genuinely cared for “everyone” beyond the working environment. We would often talk about his family and how blessed he was. There was always a lesson and laughter. He always had a joyful way to try to teach everyone to be the best they could be with a Disney touch. Kuni will always be my Sensei. My deepest sympathy goes out to his entire family and all of those he reached. You will be missed a great deal, my friend.

  18. Sherry Wittenberg
    February 12, 2021 10:53 pm

    I throughly enjoyed working with Kuni he was always so kind and understanding one of my best customers ever because he was a true friend. Always a true family man talking about his girls and wife. Never a bad word to say about anything or anyone. Always made me laugh an had great stories to tell. I’m so very sorry for your loss and that God needed him so soon.

  19. Susan Bomyea
    February 13, 2021 12:45 am

    I’m so sorry Angie for your loss. Kuni was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. Every time we seen him he always made us laugh. He had the best since of humor ever. I don’t know why God took him from us all but we we’re so blessed to have him in our life. He was a great husband to you, father to his daughters and a great friend to many. Our sympathy goes out to the whole family. We love you all God Bless

  20. Juchi Sugita
    February 13, 2021 3:53 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss.. My heart breaks for all of you.
    I remember, I was impressed by your singing “Eikichi Yazawa”.
    I remember, you worked very hard and established a lot of great results.
    I remember, you are loved by all of your co-workers.
    Thank you for giving me a lot of good memories. I `ll never forget.

  21. Rick Apthorpe
    February 14, 2021 7:47 am

    Bless each and everyone of you. God will wrap his arms around your entire family. My church and I will continue to pray for you. I love you all. Rick Apthorpe(Sue Bomyea’s brother)

  22. Lisa, Clint, & Skylar
    February 14, 2021 9:18 pm

    I’m so thankful our family got to know Kuni. He made a lasting impact on Skylar, and she will always remember her time at the beach with him, and how he took such good care of her at the airport, even giving her a big bear hug good bye. He will truly be missed. You have so many who love your family, and will help guide you through these difficult days ahead.

  23. Darla Brawner
    February 14, 2021 10:36 pm

    Sending prayers to comfort your family . We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know we love you all and are here to lean on. God Bless!

  24. J.Watcharee
    February 15, 2021 1:13 am

    I would like to offer my condolences to Ichikawa family.
    I have work with him several years by his best support to us.
    My heart goes out to their families.
    You are in our prayers. Sorry to hear of your loss .

  25. Christopher Geiser
    February 15, 2021 1:16 am


    So sorry for your loss. My prayers and best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time.

  26. Tomoyuki Takamura
    February 15, 2021 6:29 am

    I’m deeply shocked and sad to hear Kuni’s passing. We will all miss him.
    I worked with him for several years and it was my pleasure to email to him after I returned to Japan.
    I have lots of memories with him, such as lunch, dinner and business discussion, too. He also told me about life and business in U.S and he was very pleased to hear about Japan.
    It was very good memory to have dinner in Nashville, in 2019. He was also very pleased to have souvenir from Japan.
    Kuni was always friendly, laughing and smiling to everyone. Kuni was like a bridge between Japan and US. I will never forget him forever.

  27. Yutaka Wakabayashi
    February 15, 2021 8:08 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I can’t believe this fact.
    I can only remember Kuni’s smile
    Kuni taught me various things to enjoy U.S life, it was very helpful for me and my family.
    And also, I wanted to work more with him.
    Kuni will always live in our heart.

  28. Wendy Schmidt
    February 15, 2021 1:02 pm

    Angie, Im beyond saddened of your loss of Kuni and wish we lived a tad bit closer so I could give you a hug!. Im happy we were able to visit you in Nashville. I will cherish that visit. I will be thinking of you and your entire family.

  29. Hifofumi & Chiemi Tanaka
    February 16, 2021 6:33 am

    Kuni , when I met each other in 1999 at Toledo Ohio.
    Since then I deeply appreciated for your help due to my poor English.
    Still now I couldn’t believe you passed away.
    I never forget you and your smile…
    My deepest condolences.

  30. Terry Douglas
    February 16, 2021 6:26 pm

    I am very very sorry for your loss. I was very saddened to hear of Kuni’s passing. He was great man and was very good to me. He was not only my boss but my friend, I respected him very much. He always had a smile and we always had a story or picture to share about his girls.

    Everyone at New Mather loved Kuni, he will be missed.

  31. Michael Paladini
    February 16, 2021 11:39 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kuni since I joined NHK International in 2015. He had such passion and gave his all in everything he did. No matter what crisis he would be dealing with, he always had a smile for everyone he met.
    I will miss him greatly. My Sincerest condolences.

  32. Hiroshi Takei
    February 17, 2021 11:39 am

    I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss.
    Kuni, you were our great teacher and we learned a lot from you.
    You were always smiling and encouraging to us with your emotion in any difficult situation we were faced.
    We love Kuni, you are in our hearts forever.

  33. Bob Jackson
    February 19, 2021 9:53 am

    All of us at Jackson Tube Service are heartbroken to hear about the passing of Kuni. We have worked with Kuni and the NHK New Mather team for over 20 years and have a great respect for our partnership and personal relationships that were developed over the years. I, and all of the Jackson Tube Family have you, your family, and friends in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you Kuni my dear friend.

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