John K. Wong
January 19, 1918 – January 1, 2013
JOHN KEONG WONG 01-19-1918 ~ 01-01-2013
John Keong Wong, a long time Auburn business owner, passed away at home in his sleep on January 1, 2013 at the age of 94 years, 11 months and 18 days. John was born in Stockton, CA to Ching and Lee Wong. After attending school in Stockton, John came to Auburn in 1937 to be in business as a butcher at The Auburn Grocery. He married Mary Kee of Auburn (where they made their home), in 1941 and they had 3 children; Rodney, Christine and Robert. John opened Palm Market where he and wife Mary worked for many years. He retired from the grocery business after 40 years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn and he held many benefits for the community such as the pancake breakfast for Little League and other clubs. John is preceded in death by his wife Mary (2009) and son Rodney (2010). He leaves behind his children Christine and Robert (Jean); nephews Ron Lee, Larry Lee, Melton Lee and Dennis Lee; nieces Karen Levy, Fran Loyd and Linda Johnson. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 4 – 7 pm at Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm, also at Chapel of the Hills. Interment will follow at the New Auburn Cemetery, 1040 Collins Dr., Auburn, CA.
- Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
- Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2013
John K. Wong
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January 16, 2013
My father called on John when he was a salesman with the H.J. Heinz Co. in the 50's and 60's and they were very fond of each other. Once when I was about four or five (1964 or '65) my dad brought me to work with him and in the parking lot of Palm Market I accidentally smashed my fingers in the car door. Mary sat me on her lap making a big fuss while John gave me little treats to make it all better. It's a memory I will never forget. My dad always thought and spoke very highly of his friend John Wong. This too I will never forget.