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Chong G. Ying

May 05, 2017
Chong G. Ying

Chong Gong Ying, known to friends as “Ying,” died April 25, 2017 at his home in Washington, Iowa following a brief illness.

A celebration honoring Ying’s life will be held in the United Presbyterian Home main dining hall May 20, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Ying was born in Lishui, China, in the province of Zhejiang, on July 22, 1933, the seventh of ten children born to Lun Yin Whang and Der Fan Ying.

His family was often forced to flee their hometown during the frequent bombings by Japanese forces from 1937 to 1945. The family was also persecuted by the Nationalist party led by Chiang Kai-Shek and later under the Communist Party led by Mao Tse-Tung. The government requisitioned manufacturing plants owned by Ying’s father, threatening the family’s livelihood.

In 1951, when Ying was to enroll in university, Chairman Mao mandated that all students entering college that year become teachers. Having no desire to become a teacher, Ying refused to enroll. Thus, he was never able to realize his dream of becoming a chemical engineer. Instead he became a columnist, editor and music critic for a newspaper/book publishing company. His forced employment to work for the government propaganda department contributed to his decision to emigrate to the United States.

In 1981 he arrived in California. He later moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, where he owned and operated a restaurant featuring his native cuisine. Ying was well-known for being a talented chef.

Ying became an American citizen in a ceremony in Los Angeles in 1994. He then moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where he met his future wife, Gwen (white) Furbee Kinyon. The couple was married in Washington, Iowa, in 1996.

Ying is lovingly remembered by his wife, Gwen, of Washington; stepchildren, Andrew (Sandra) Furbee of Hudson, Ohio, Erin Furbee (Mitchell Schain) of Portland, Oregon, and Meghan Furbee (Chris Hasler) of Elmhurst, Illinois; and four granddaughters. An extended family in China includes two sisters, Chow China and Ru Qin, and a brother, Chong En. Ying will be dearly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Memorials in Ying’s honor may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Aldo Leopold Foundation, or Hospice of Washington County.

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