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James Jimmy Yuen

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James Jimmy Yuen Notice
Yuen, James "Jimmy"
Aloha Oe. On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the Lord brought home Hawaii's native son, James Yuen. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 24, 1931, to Alice and Frank Yuen. The eighth of nine children he spent his youth learning the traditions and music of his Hawaiian and Chinese ancestors. He left his island home after proudly serving his country in the Korean War with the 7th Army as a combat MP, responsible for moving supplies to the front lines under cover of night. He was awarded 3 bronze stars and a national defense service medal while serving in active combat. He established new roots in Milwaukee earning his degree in electronics engineering at MSOE. As the founder of the Milwaukee May Day Lei Day celebration, he helped to bring the Aloha spirit to his extended Ohana in the Midwest. Jim's other passions included traveling to 5 of the 7 continents, a regular craps player in Vegas, golfing with family and friends, and a loyal Green Bay Packers fan. Jim will always be remembered for doing everything he could to make people happy through laughter. We will miss him dearly. He is survived by his devoted wife Joan; son, Stewart (Mary) Yuen; "favorite" daughter, Lisa (Mike) Wipper; grandsons, Benjamin (Mallorie) Yuen, and Sam Blood; granddaughters Marley Blood, Rachel Yuen, and Kyley Wipper, and great-granddaughter, Leilani Yuen. Jim is further survived by his siblings, Florence Parelius, Ethel (Alfred) Akana, Helen (Herman) Naki; brother-in-law Thomas (Marlene) Kowalsky; sisters-in-law, Irene Yuen, Lillian Yuen, Jeanne Yuen and Hazel Kowalsky; and dear friend, Roy Blood. He also has many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his three brothers, one brother-in-law, and two sisters. The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses who helped him enjoy life to the fullest during his 10 years as a cancer survivor.
Memorial gathering will be held on July 27, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2506 N. Wauwatosa Ave., (76th St.) from 9AM until time of Memorial Mass at 10:30AM. Hawaiian attire encouraged. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior's Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from July 18 to July 21, 2013
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