RAYMOND HEE HONG
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1/21/1925 ~ 4/15/2013
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully at home on April 15, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Raymond was born on January 21, 1925, in Fook Hon Village, Hoy Sun District, Kwang Tung Province, China, to Mee Lun Hong and Toy Von Toy Hong. He was the youngest of 3 children. When he was 11, he left his family and braved the long journey to the United States. He attended schools in Pocatello, Idaho, and Salt Lake City.
He was a veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while serving in Okinawa. After the War he returned to China to meet his bride, Heng Wan Tsoi. They were married on July 3, 1947, and settled in Salt Lake City.
In 1953 Raymond opened the Ding Ho Cafe downtown, where he made many lifetime friends with customers, employees, and business associates. For 24 years this successful cafe became the family's second home. He then officially retired after working for the U.S. Postal Service for 10 years.
Raymond was an important active member of the Chinese community. Between 1972 and 1973, under his direction as President of the Chinese Social Center, the Center raised funds and purchased over 300 burial plots for the Cantonese section of the Salt Lake Cemetery. Raymond was a cultural link for many people. He gladly helped those from his homeland transition into their new life here.
He was a brilliant, self-educated man who always wanted to make his best better. His beautiful Chinese calligraphy can be seen throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Raymond and Heng became the proud parents of 9 children-8 daughters and 1 son. He instilled the importance of happiness, integrity, and perfection.
He is survived by his wife, Heng, his daughters Rose Chin (Dennis), Francis Pendley (Randy), Summer Borla (James), Kim Wu, Grace Vlasich (James), Lily Hatch (Kellan), son Roy (Denise), and his sister Jade Chin. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Tim and 2 daughters Wanda and Joyce.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary Chapel, 260 East South Temple. Friends may call Monday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday 1 hour before the service. Interment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2013