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William “Bill” Mitsuharu Nagase

FORT WORTH — William “Bill” Mitsuharu Nagase passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the age of 86.
Memorial service: Private.
William was born to Kanesaburo and Yone Uchida Nagase on Nov. 16, 1929, in Japan. Bill was a kamikaze pilot in World War II. The war ended just before his mission was scheduled to depart. Bill came to the United States on a private sponsorship from a U.S. colonel in 1953. He ended up in Fort Worth and attended TCU, where he graduated with a business degree. He met Nancy Wilkins and soon they were married. Bill worked at Bell Helicopter and retired from General Dynamics as a program analyst after 25 years of service. He introduced judo to the state of Texas and was known as the “father of Texas judo.” He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be deeply missed.
The family would like to say a special thank-you to Community Hospice for all the compassion and care during his illness.
Survivors: Daughter, Nancy Campbell; grandchildren, Tracy Long, Marty Long, Kim Campbell, Kerry Campbell and Kirt Campbell; several great-grandchildren; and many friends.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Condolence Messages

  1. Sorry for your loss. I will keep the family in my thoughts.

  2. Peter C. Levy :

    I met Bill a few months ago, through the WWII Vets group “The Greatest Generation.” I was immediately drawn to him by his reminding me of my Judo instructor, Dr. Sachio Ashida. They seemed to have many traits in common. About two months ago at the luncheon, I found out that he was a judoka. He was always smiling, and soft spoken at the monthly luncheon, and I looked forward to my brief encounters with him. He truly manifested the aspects of Judo, and was kind-spirited. I will miss my acquaintance with him. His noble aspect and quiet strength were comforting, and he exemplified the spirit of both judo, and veterans far and wide. Mat his memories bring forth blessings until the end of time, and may your sorrow once again turn to joy as we mourn his loss, and remember how blessed we were by his being in our lives. Rest easy, dear soul, and be at peace. We will remember you always. My heart felt condolences and sympathy to friends and family.

  3. danny h. smith :

    wow! what a cool guy, amazing life,my condolences to you tracy and your whole family

  4. Tommy Foster, DACA :

    Bill was a true friend and mentor to me. We both couldn’t hear very good but we managed to communicate. A gentle and caring man.
    God bless.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this. Rest in peace Bill.

  6. David Lenartowicz :

    Sensi Bill was a great inspirational person. I had the great joy of being able to hear stories of his past. I never saw him without a smile on his face, unless my technique was bad. I am honored that I was able to know him…

  7. Debbie Maynard Hearne :

    Was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I have fond memories of him and the family. God’s blessings and prayers for peace and comfort.

  8. I just heard of Bill’s passing. I first met him in 1958, as a young judo student at the Downtown YMCA in Fort Worth. I saw Bill again a few years ago, still looking the same, but with white hair, some sixty years later. On many occasions we have shared time together before or after a judo workout or a tournament. Nancy was always at his side. Bill was always kind, composed, smiling, humble. I don’t know where he learned his style of judo, but he was quite skillful.

    I will always remember him. Rest in peace, Bill

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