Larry Ching

January 15, 1959December 26, 2020

Larry Yee Ching passed away in Las Vegas on 26 December 2020. He born in Salina, Kansas on 15 January, 1959 to Delta and Vernon Ching.

With a deep love for his country, Larry joined the military, becoming a 1981 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Trained as a fighter pilot, Larry flew the A-10, Harrier II and F-16 on various tours. He completed over twenty years of distinguished service, including thirteen continuous years of overseas assignments and an Exchange Tour with the UK Royal Air Force on the Harrier. Lieutenant Colonel Ching's military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak clusters and the Joint Achievement Medal.

Larry then became an airline pilot with Cathay Pacific Airways, spending nineteen years with the flag carrier of Hong Kong, flying the "Queen of the skies", the venerable Boeing 747. A respected and well-liked aviator within the company, he became a Captain with basing's in Anchorage, San Francisco and also Hong Kong, where he lived for ten years.

Larry was a "Gentle Giant", as one of those larger than life people whose energy and optimism made him a pleasure to be around. A Happy, cheerful and loyal friend who always found time to help others. An expert shot and keen hunter. A dedicated Powerlifter, winning competitions in Asia. He was adept at DIY and loved to barbeque - even on the bleakest of Alaskan winter days!

A man of faith, he was a caring, loving husband, a proud father to Temujin, Loren and Tai and a wonderful grandad to Marcus, Ayla and Alexus.

Larry is survived by his wife Lily Ching, sons Temujin and Tai Ching, his mother Delta Ching, his brothers Ken, Greg and their families.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Cherie Ching, their son Loren Ching and his father Vernon Ching. Larry’s strength, love, compassion, character and spirit will always be with us!

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Ching family.


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 29, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, January 29, 2021


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David Court

January 29, 2021

Dear Lily and family
I have very fond memories of flying (and sharing a tent) with Larry when he was on exchange with the Royal Air Force in Germany. He was always a pleasure to be around.
A bottle of the good stuff has been opened, and a glass or two has been raised in your direction, in memory of a great bloke.
So sorry for your loss.

Rich Trentman

January 29, 2021

Larry -- you were always such a fun loving, easy going squadronmate in CS-11! Always friendly and approachable with that grin! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Rich Trentman (CS-11)

Sean Bishop

January 28, 2021

Larry Ching was my room mate, during our basic cadet summer, at the Air Force Academy. He was essentially, the first person I met on the first day, and visa versa. 27 June 1977. So, he holds a unique place in my early memories of the academy.

Good fellow.

I am sad to hear he passed away.

Sean Bishop

Vince Jones

January 27, 2021

Larry Ching, Pete Hanley and I were first roommates as doolies at USAFA in Starship 19. My heart dropped and truly became heavy when I saw Larry's picture on "Gone But Not Forgotten USAFA 81".
As doolies, Larry, Pete, and I have shared memories that most people never have and never will. During basic training, 2nd BCT, in Jack's Valley, I remember the night Larry sneaked out of our tent. I went with him. He was headed to a pay phone he had seen earlier in the week to call home. He was able to reach home and talk with his folks. I would bet Larry was one of a very few basics cadets to call home from Jack's Valley.
Larry was a one of a kind guy, one of the best! Like so many others, I am very blessed to have known Larry during our time at The Academy and will always cherish his friendship.

Marty Waugh

January 27, 2021

Dear Lily and family,
I'm very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I was a classmate of Larry at the Air Force Academy and although I did not know him well, I knew he was one of the good guys.
His obituary was very well written and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
My condolences to you and your family.
Marty Waugh

Larry Ruggiero

January 27, 2021

I knew Larry as a classmate and varsity wrestling teammate at the Air Force Academy. Larry was an awesome teammate and great guy to hang out with, always quick with a smile. I have fond memories of heading to downtown Colorado Springs in his Shelby Mustang and having a beer or two. It's been many years since I saw him last and I'm terribly saddened to see him gone so young. RIP teammate, Godspeed.

Lee Belarmino

January 26, 2021

As my step-father for over 30 years, Larry had an enormous impact and influence on the path of my life, not the least of which was following in his footsteps as a proud member of the United States Air Force. Through example, he taught me the importance of duty, honor, service and hard work. It was therefore an honor for me to have Larry administer my Oath of Office and for him to continue to provide mentorship throughout much of my career. Without Larry in my life I would never have met my wife or had the privilege of seeing two of our children continue in the family tradition by becoming Air Force members themselves. Larry’s legacy and spirit will thus live on forever. I will most miss his sense of humor, indomitable drive, and the booming refrain of “Yo Bug!” He will be missed but can never be forgotten. Major Lee “Bug” Belarmino -- United States Air Force (Ret.)

Ann Ching

January 15, 2021

The lights a little dimmer and the world turns a little slower without your presence. You were a force in this world, a good man, a decent man, but, as you told me, you were ready to meet your maker; you were “right with the lord.” I was blessed to know you, Larry; you will be forever missed. Happy heavenly birthday.

Mowgli Wojahn

January 13, 2021

In honor of his F-16 career 👍🏼
RIP and Check 6!

Niklas Hageback

January 13, 2021

Rest in peace, gentle giant.
I share some great powerlifting memories with Larry, always helpful and in good spirits. He will be sorely missed by many. God bless.