In Memory

Wayne Kasai

November 22, 1955 - December 17,2021

A private funeral service for the late Wayne T. Kasai, 66-year-old, CA born resident of Los Angeles, who passed away on December 17, 2021, was held on Wednesday, December 29 at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles.

Wayne was an attorney practicing in downtown Los Angeles for the last 32 years.

Predeceased by his parents Ryo and Marian Kasai; he is survived by his wife, Gretchen S. Kasai; son, Wylie Kasai; siblings, Mark (Amy), Candice (Mark Riley), and Jon Kasai; nieces, Alexis and Stacey Kasai; he is also survived by other relatives.

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12/23/21 12:52 PM #2    

Timothy Bennett

I'm sorry to hear of Wayne's passing as well.  He was indeed a quiet young man but had a great sense of humor and was an excellent athlete.  Wayne brightened my high school experience with his friendship.

12/23/21 06:22 PM #3    

James Griffin

Wayne was a classmate during our Elementary School years at Lincoln all the way thru HS  and a great teammate in Little League. His Gentle smile and postive attitude were awesome.  RIP my friend..  

12/24/21 05:36 AM #4    

Robert Hunt

Wayne was such a nice guy. I remember him in many of my classes. 
May he Rest In Peace and God Bless his family during this holiday time

12/24/21 06:12 AM #5    

Meri Rathbun

I, too, remember Wayne as quiet - but not shy. Does anyone know about his life after HS? He was a sweet guy. I'm so sad about all these passings; we've lost so many classmates, I've lost my husband, and other friends recently. I always hoped we'd make it to our 80's at least. RIP Wayne. I remember you. May that be some comfort for your family.

12/24/21 12:04 PM #6    

Garth Moore

While I was attending a memorial service for a relative of my wife at  Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in downtown L.A., Wayne was there as an "elder" of the temple. He lived and worked in downtown L.A. and to the best of my knowledge raised his children there. 

I too remember Wayne as having a quick smile and a sense of humor.

12/24/21 05:57 PM #7    

Jacalyn Booth

So sorry to hear of Wayne's transition.  We were at Lincoln School together and I remember him and Darryl Shibata being fun and wonderful. . .and quiet.  He had a great smile.  I hope he enjoys the other side.

12/24/21 06:54 PM #8    

Rae Moore (Luce)

Wayne rode the bus up in the hills that took us both to and from Lincoln School. I think he lived on a corner rigjt near his bus stop. His smiling face comes immediately to mind. Sweet person.

12/25/21 10:36 AM #9    

Jon Hammerbeck

Wayne was one of my best friends at Lincoln. We played in Little League and he was one of the better players. He had a wry sense of humor and a great smile. I remember having a bike crash near his house and how attentive his mother was in fixing me up.  His presence will be always be with us. 

12/26/21 08:36 AM #10    

Georgia Shaver (Shaver-Boccaccini)

Dear Wayne - so sorry you left this world too soon. You were silly when little and I am sure that perky sense of fun and humor stayed with you as you aged.  We smile thinking about you. I am sure the angels have welcomed you.  Say hello to all our So Pas friends who also left us far too soon. 

12/29/21 12:21 PM #11    

James Griffin

From Cliff Mcgilvray

I just received this.  Please forward to anyone you think might be interested.



From: Gretchen Kasai <>
To: Gretchen Kasai <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 08:03:25 PM PST
Subject: Live Stream Link for Wayne Kasai's Funeral

Many thanks to each of you for your kind condolences. My family and I are grateful for the friendships that are helping us through these sad times. 
Today (Wednesday, 12/29, @11:00 am Pacific Standard Time), we will be having a funeral service for my brother, Wayne. Because of COVID, we are limited in the number of attendees and therefore the temple will be live-streaming the service via Zoom.  

I’m sending the link (below) in case any of you are interested in watching this Buddhist service, but please do not feel obligated to watch.

Thank you again for your kind sentiments.

Gretchen & Wylie

HHBT Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Funeral Service for the Late Mr. Wayne Kasai

Time: Dec 29, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 4850 5460

Passcode: 451610

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