OBITUARY

Chin Chung

May 22, 1940November 17, 2021
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Chin Chung, age 81 passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Chin was born May 22, 1940.

A visitation for Chin will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Oak Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. A visitation will occur Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 300 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. A funeral service will occur Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 300 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. A witness cremation will occur Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Oak Hill Memorial Park & Mortuary, 300 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.oakhillfuneral.com for the Chung family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Witness Cremation

    Thursday, December 2, 2021

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Amy Edmonds

December 4, 2021

Uncle Chin was like a father figure to my mom and led his family through the process of building a new life in the United States. He was an adventurous person with a brilliant and curious mind, spanning engineering, invention, and philosophy.

He treasured his family. I have many fond memories of playing in his house and spending most holidays in his living room. He savored large family gatherings and could be counted on to express his appreciation for those good times. He adored his wife; he would have the kids wait to pick fruits from his backyard trees so Auntie could have the first pick.

He didn't shy away from deep and intense conversations -- a trait that my mom and I share with him. He was always willing to spend hours talking with me and the other young people in his life and be very present and candid in those conversations. His tremendous care for people and their development helped him touch the lives of so many.

I am so grateful to Uncle for his love and guidance of my mom through the most challenging of times, his inspiring mind and way of bringing ideas into reality, and his deep care for his family. We will hold Uncle's memory and legacy in our hearts!

Tiffany Chung

December 2, 2021

Uncle was the foundation of many of my childhood memories. He lived only a five minute drive from my parents and it wasn't until, only recently, did I understand what an intentional decision that was and how lucky that was for me. Some of these memories include: many hours were spent playing at the park by their house (the only park in the neighborhood that had real sand you could dig around in!), a big stuffed dog that we pretended was our pet since we weren't allowed to have a real one, the new treadmill that my brother and I would play with, placing whatever we could find on the treadmill belt and watching them slide down.

After a full day of playing, Uncle would always treat me to fresh fried rice or, even better, some caramelized catfish that was cooking in the clay pot. Uncle also encouraged my habit of chewing on bones until not a single scrap of meat, understanding that the best tasting bits of meat were the ones you had to struggle for. This turned out to be a great analogy that applied to many other things in my life. My uncle and aunt also shared their love of traveling with me, always bringing back a little souvenir for me - little dangly ruby earrings that I wore all the time in middle school, a keychain with a small pair of red knitted shoes that I still keep on my desk at home. I know now that he was always thinking of me and I will always be thinking of him.

Donna Chung

December 1, 2021

I have a lot of respects for Brother Chin. I respect him because he is the patriarch of the Chung family, his devotion to family and his lifelong wisdom.

He is more like a father to Minh, more than a brother. Minh has the life today because Chin led the family escaping from Vietnam. He once shared with me the meaning of family. He said even if you can afford steaks and lobsters everyday, but if you have no one to share with, you don’t have a family.

When we have children, he talked to me about how to raise kids. He said that the important thing is to teach kids to have decency so they become decent people.

He shared his wisdom with simple words and examples, but with deep meanings. He self taught himself to be a master in many areas. His passing leaves a big void in our lives and our hearts.

Brother Chin, rest in peace. Your legacy will be carried on.

Jenny Lai

November 23, 2021

The first time I met uncle Chin was in 1992 . He and Aunt Sally came to visit us in Sydney, Australia. Uncle Chin was my mum's cousin but he treated her like his younger sister, and treated me like his daughter. He was always attentive and shared his knowledge and experience to me. He left an indelible memory in my heart. The day uncle Chin and Aunt Sally left, I was devastated and in so much tears at the airport . I didn't want to let him go..... this time, 29 years later, I have to let him go.

Uncle Chin, you were like a father figure to me and I will never forget you.

Liz Bruss

November 22, 2021

I will forever remember your smile, Chin. All these years, I trailed behind my sister, you had treated my family as one of yours. We had spent so many Thanksgiving together in my sister’s house as part of Chung’s family. These are very precious memories.
Chin, you have accomplished a great deal and brought all of us together. You were a good father, grandfather, and great uncle to your family. You also will be missed by my family and my parents. May you rest in peace!

Greg Tang

November 22, 2021

A very good man had gone too soon. I met the Chung family in the 1970 and 1980’s in Valdez, Alaska. Chin was a smart and hardworking man. He planned and built his two houses in Valdez. As Mai mentioned that Chin dedicated his life to the family and kept the family together ever since they migrated to the U.S.

Chin and Sally were the only two persons that I could converse in Cantonese while they were in Valdez. Chin will surely be missed.

May the fond memories of Chin give the loved ones comfort and peace.

Danelle Jenetayeva

November 20, 2021

I have fond memories of my Father and Daddy Chin spending time together. Although they couldn't verbally communicate without a translator, they shared quite a bit in common and understood each other without words.

Daddy Chin's favorite pastime was looking at his iPhone and smoking in the garage. My Father's favorite pastime was looking at a chessboard and smoking in the garage. This pastime allowed their minds to wonder and explore.

I've certainly spent more time with Daddy Chin than I have with my Father, due to my dad living across the ocean. I'm grateful for all the time we had together, and especially for being a good Agung to his granddaughter, my daughter Pixelle.

We will miss you, Agung.

Selma and Tuck Brouhard

November 20, 2021

Sally and family,
So deeply sorry to hear of Chin’s passing. I will forever be greatful to have met him and become a friend and co worker with him. He was kind, gentle, genuine, caring and hard working. Family was everything to him. I have many great memories of him while we both resided and worked in Valdez… I will hold them close in heart. He will be greatly missed. He was the best!!

Mai Edmonds

November 18, 2021

My brother Chin was a philosophical and intellectual person. He was a selfless loving brother, who lead the Chung family to the US from Vietnam and kept us together for over 40 years.
We are so grateful for his dedication, guidance and nurturing.
He will be missed…

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