VANG CHAI THAO A traditional Hmong cultural funeral will begin on Friday at Bidwell Chapel and continue through Monday with burial at Chico Cemetery for Vang Chai Thao, 60 of Chico. Military honors will be held. Vang passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Chico. Vang was a veteran of the Vietnam War
and served as chairman of the Chico Chapter of Lao Veterans of America. Vang settled into Butte County in the 1990's and became an influential figure for both the Hmong community and surrounding commun-ities. Vang is survived by his wife, Zoua; four sons, Lawrence, Feng, Ly, and Bruce; and two daughters; Mee and Alliysa.