Kenneth “Kenny” F.Y. Gore, a successful business owner with a kind and generous spirit, has died at the age of 82. He passed away peacefully at his home in Spring, Texas, on May 17, 2020.
He was born in Kaiping, China, to Ben Fun Gore and Yeow Kim Gore. At the age of 14, he immigrated to the United States to join his father in Port Arthur, Texas. Soon after, he set off to explore the country, moving first to Shreveport, Louisiana, and then to New York City, where he worked days in his uncle’s restaurant and completed his high school education in the evenings at the renowned Rhodes Preparatory School. He was a bright student and excelled at math, returning to Shreveport to earn a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (now Louisiana Tech University).
His next adventure took him to San Francisco, where he briefly worked for Wells Fargo before joining his father in Houston to operate Gore’s Food Center, a popular local grocery store. The store grew into several businesses, including a bustling convenience store and restaurant, which he proudly owned and operated independently. He was an industrious worker with constant energy, growing these businesses in spite of many challenges and always maintaining a can-do attitude and positive outlook on life.
For fun, he loved to go fishing with family and friends on Lake Livingston, always in the wee hours of the morning to get the best catch. He was also an avid bowler who showed no mercy to his children and friends during games at Palace Bowling Lanes.
Kenny took pride in service to others and gave generously to family, friends, and strangers alike. In retirement, he volunteered to serve as president of the Gor’s Family Association from 2009–2019, connecting families, managing the ancestral property in China, and reminding Gore descendants to never forget their roots.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Venus Sau Yung Gore, and his sister, Kuo Qung Gore.
Above all, he loved and cared for his family. His spirit lives on with wife Mang Gore; his five children and their spouses Estella Gore and Donald Pattie, Stephen and Cherry Gore, Roland and Sandra Gore, Ann Gore and William Ashley, and Robert Gore; plus his grandchildren Brandon Pattie, Sarah Pattie, Ashley Gore, Lisa Gore, and Jason Gore. He is also survived by his sister, Sally Gore, and many nieces and nephews including Connie Chow, Lancy Chow, Kit Sang and Rebecca Chow, and Kwan Kit Chow.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020, from 2–5 p.m. The memorial service will be held on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m., with committal service to follow directly after at Earthman Resthaven.
- Stephen Gore, Active Pallbearer
- Roland Gore, Active Pallbearer
- Donald Pattie, Active Pallbearer
- Brandon Pattie, Active Pallbearer
- Robert Gore, Active Pallbearer
- William Ashley, Active Pallbearer
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home
Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home
Earthman Resthaven Cemetery
May 28, 2020
Very sorry to hear about Kenneth. I knew him from the Gor's Family Association and from my parent's relationship. Kenny is a very good person and I appreciated that he volunteered to be the President of our Association for all this time. We will all miss him. Kenny rest in peace and our condolences to the family.
Sonny Hom & Family
May 26, 2020
I have known Kenny most of my life. I remember while living in Shreveport, La that he use to drive my cousins and me to our elementary school on many days. I remember his family while growing up in Shreveport and they were good friends with my family. Later, my mother introduced Kenny to his first wife, Venus, who was my cousin. Kenny was always very kind to my family and he will be sorely missed. I pray that Kenny will rest in peace and I pray for peace and comfort for his family.
May 22, 2020
Very sorry to hear about Kenneth. Stay strong and faithful. Our deepest condolences from our family.
Bernard, Anna, Franklin and Sarah