December 13, 1931 – November 5, 2020
In Loving Memory
Lawrence Wing Yau “Larry” Eng of The Colony, Texas went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 5, 2020. Born on December 13, 1931 to Phillip and Elizabeth Eng in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, he was the middle child of 3 boys. The family left Okmulgee to follow their dream of opening the first Chinese restaurant in Tulsa, creating a new chapter for the Eng family. Larry graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1949. He went to Oklahoma University and later graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After graduation, he began active duty in the U.S. Army.
He moved to Texas in 1960, where he worked at places like LTV, Morton Foods, Coca Cola, Frito Lay, Presbyterian Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. Larry worked exceptionally hard to support his family financially, and was just as devoted to nurturing his children’s development. He supported his children in activities like band, orchestra, soccer, Boy Scouts, and Camp Fire Girls. He was such a supporter that he chaperoned or joined several groups.
He enjoyed gardening (especially growing bitter melon), square and round dancing with Dixie Chainers Club, coin collecting, and stamp collecting. Larry was also an avid OU fan and many would describe him as quite the “jokester”. We will miss his smiling face and pranks!
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 31 years, Angelita Aguillon Eng from Butuan City Philippines, four children from his first marriage: Lawrence Phillip of Farmers Branch; Katherine Gillentine and husband, Freddy of Abilene, Texas; Curtis and wife, Yume of Carlsbad California; and Linda Eng of Plano, and her partner, Ram Silverman, also of Plano. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Tiffany, Timothy and Jeremy.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Lustgarten Foundation, 415 Crossways Park Dr., Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797 or lustgarten.org.
Our family appreciates your expression of love, prayers and kindness during this time. May God richly bless you and keep you!
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Tiffany Eulogy, in memory of Papa:
Lawrence Eng was more than just my grandfather. He was a dependable friend, quirky and goofy at times, and also a father-figure to me for much of my childhood. I will always be grateful for that. At one point, when my father wasn't around, he accompanied me to a father-daughter, sock-hop dance function so that I could participate like everyone else.
Lawrence lived a good life of 88 years. He was quick with a joke, and never stopped dreaming about places he wanted to go to, or things he wanted to do. But to his family, he was much more than just a joker or dreamer. He was a provider and active participant in our lives. He did everything he could to support his kids, whether it meant working long hours at various jobs, or showing up to his kids' activities or even our places of employment. At one point, he even got a job with one of his kids in order to spend more time with them. Lawrence may not have cared that it was sometimes embarrassing to his kids, as it was to me when he visited me at work, but I'm sure that we would all love to get one more visit from him.
In his later years, my grandfather loved to take naps and get extra mileage out of old t-shirts. I have fond memories of him snoring in church and sleeping in the car when I was driving with my learner's permit. I have always loved knowing how much he trusted me, at age 15, with his life while traveling in a moving vehicle.
But he wasn't perfect... nobody is. For example, he loved the University of Oklahoma despite being a Texan for most of his life. The fact that you are all here despite this terrible flaw is a testament to his other great characteristics.
When we spent time together, I loved hearing his stories about his time in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army, and his successful transport of beer steins from the German heartland back to Texas. I am sure many of you heard the same stories. Sometime in the next year, I hope you will raise a stein to his memory and say "Prost!" He would appreciate that, as would I. It means a lot to me that you all came out to show your love for Lawrence and your support to his wonderful and loving wife, Lita. Thank you.
When we all part ways in a couple of hours, please do one favor for me. Please think of your favorite thing about Lawrence, and try to incorporate it into your life. If we can all make his best characteristics a part of who we are, he will never die. Thanks again for coming, and for supporting his loved ones in this difficult time.