Dick Fung Yee
(1945 - 2009)

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Dick Fung Yee

Birth:
Canton, China
January 29, 1945

Passing:
Illinois, United States of America
April 9, 2009

Interests:
nature, animals, fish, turtles, cats
Memorial
Dick Fung Yee was born in Canton, China on January 29, 1945. He came to the United States in 1959 with his parents and his brothers and sisters.

He was the oldest in the family of ten children with 7 boys and 3 girls. He and his second oldest brother Bernie sacrificed higher education to work in the family business in order to provide greater opportunities for the younger siblings.

He was a very good brother to all his brothers and sisters. Dick worked in the family restaurant for many years and kept it profitable because he was a very conscientious and diligent worker. In the last ten years he changed his profession to parts manufacturing and found it very challenging and rewarding.

Dick married Maureen when he was 29 years of age and they have a son name Keith. He was a very caring and loving husband and father. He was a gentle and soft spoken person and avoided the spotlight. He led by example more than by words.

He was proud to be Keith's dad and spent time teaching his son to continually become a better person. He had a true appreciation for animals and nature and passed this onto many of his siblings. Everyone that knew him liked him because he was a kind and friendly person.

He willingly accepted Jesus as his personal Savior within the past 2 weeks. He was also a very grateful person who expressed his appreciation for the love and care that his friends and relatives
showed him when he was sick.

He will be greatly missed by all.

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Guest Book (7 entries)
Oh my, my brother Dick was one of my heroes. Thanks for the memories. I remember in the late 90's I work for my brother on weekends deivering Chinese food in my little ford festiva. I really enjoyed working for him because I was able to spend time with my older brother and I often seen my nephew keith. I admired how hard Dicky worked. I was very lucky to have a older brother like him.
Anthony Yee (Brother)
August 26th, 2012
This is the copy of my eulogy to my dad:

My father was definitely a true measure of a man. He was soft-spoken and very hard working. His actions truly spoke for itself. He paved the way for his whole family by his sacrifices. He worked hard all his life in order for his family including myself to follow our dreams.
He was a caring loving husband, father, brother, and friend that gave us unconditional love.
He had influenced many people in many ways especially myself.
He wanted me to join T-ball to meet some new friends. It turned into a lifelong passion of the sport, and an obsession for baseball.
He’s the one that helped me picked the college that I truly loved going to. It was a life changing experience that I will never forget. I am truly thankful and appreciate the opportunity and I was able to graduate and met some of best and closest friends.
He taught me how to be a handyman. I watched him fix things and he gave me the skills to see how things work and gave me the opportunity to work with him in fixing a car, putting in new floors, and installing new plumbing.
He truly defined me of who I am today. As I grew older, I slowly understood why he loved his family more than life itself. I now truly understand how he wanted me to be. He has taught me the true meaning of life and taught me the challenges I have faced and the challenges I will face. I promise that I will continue what my father has started. I know I’ll be filling huge shoes but with his advice that he gave to me and the lessons he taught me, I will find direction with his guidance.
Dad, words cannot express how much I am going to miss you. Without you in my life will be my greatest burden I will ever face.
Who is going to give me comfort when times are tough with your advice on life.
Who will encourage me to be brave when I get scared.
Who will love me unconditionally if I make a mistake.
You don’t have to worry, you have given me the strength to move on by what you have taught me. I will promise to take care of my mom and be strong and will be the man you wanted me to be.

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced, live each day of your life when you die, the world cries and you rejoice” The world is crying right now dad because we all love you and we will miss you dearly.


Keith Yee (Son)
April 15th, 2009
Dear Yee family,

My condolences to you and your family. This is such a great way to honor his life and it was wonderful reading more about him. God Bless you and your fammily and praise God that he accepted Jesus and we will see him again in heaven.

Love in Christ,
Ben
Benjamin Tzeng (Friend and Pastor at WCAC)
April 15th, 2009
In Memory of My Brother Dick Fung Yee - by Louis Yee 4-14-09


My brother Dick Fung Yee was the oldest in a family of 10 brothers and sisters ....7 boys and 3 girls.
He was born in Canton, China on January 29th, 1945, four years before the Communists took over China.

My father - Cheung Man Yee, graduated from law school in China but was not able to work as a lawyer during the Communist rule. Therefore, he moved our whole family to Macau and then later to Hong Kong when we were very young. My parents hired an English tutor to teach us English when we lived in Macau. We learned to speak English with a British accent. Now not only have I forgotten my British accent but I cannot even speak English without a Chinese accent. I had very fond memories growing up with Dick and Bernie when we lived in Macau and Hong Kong. We played together all the time and they were very protective of me. I remembered them taking care of the bully that bothered me in class. I felt sorry for that bully because he had only 1 older brother to protect him.

Dick, and my second oldest brother Bernie, and I attended a good school in Hong Kong. We were the best and brightest in our class. 1st in our class and also class presidents at a very early age. Our future looked very bright at that time. We lived there until Dick was only 14 years old.

Then my parents decided to move to the United States to be closer to my Grandfather and to provide us with even greater opportunities. Fortunately it was possible for us to come to America because my mother - Rose Chin Yee, was a naturalized U. S. citizen. She was born on Independence Day in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Our whole family came over to the United States in 1959 and settled in Chicago. While we were attending grade school in Chinatown, my dad found work as a cook in a restaurant called Oak Park Inn in Oak Park, IL., which was famous for Frank Lloyd Wright's homes and his studio. Then we added 4 more brothers and sisters to our family. Because we have such a large family, my 2 oldest brothers, Dick and Bernie, helped with raising the family by working in the restaurant immediately after school every day. They would take the elevated train from Chinatown to Oak Park after school, worked in the restaurant till night fall and then returned home to study for school on the next day.

When the owner of the restaurant decided to sell it when he retired, my parents, Dick, and Bernie made the decision to take it over as their full time job.
Dick and Bernie did not have a chance to even attend high school. They were still teenagers at the time they purchased the restaurant. They both had the ability to excel academically in many good schools but chose to help out with the immediate needs of the whole family instead. Both my brothers Dick and Bernie sacrificed their childhood and their academic education in order to provide a better future for the rest of the family. I also remembered my daily commutes to my parents restaurant after they have purchased it and help them when I was only 13 years old.

Dick was a very good brother to all of us. He and Bernie worked in the family restaurant for many years and helped my dad kept it profitable because they were very conscientious and diligent workers. In the last ten years Dick changed his profession to parts manufacturing and found it to be very challenging and rewarding.

Dick married Maureen when he was 29 years of age and they have an only child name Keith. He was a very caring and loving husband and father. He was a gentle and soft spoken person and avoided the spotlight. He led by example rather than by words.

He was proud to be Keith's father and spent time teaching his son to continually become a better person. He had a true appreciation for animals and nature and passed this onto many of his siblings. Everyone who knew him liked him because he was such a kind and friendly person.

I was shocked to find out the severity of his illness from my nephew less than a month ago. Dick brought all of us closer together while we took many things for granted. We need to appreciate and treasure our relationships with each other even more while we are together on this earth.

He willingly accepted Jesus as his personal Savior within the past 2 weeks. He has eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus. He was also a very grateful person who expressed his appreciation for the love and care that his friends and relatives showed him when he was in this world. He will be greatly missed by all.

Dicky, You have joined our Heavenly Father and reunited with our parents in heaven. May we see you again someday with the Lord's blessing!
Louis Yee (brother)
April 15th, 2009
I remember when I was just a kid, Dicky was driving myself, my mom and a brother and sisters back home from the restaurant.

My brother, sisters and I were in the back (we were probably all under 10 years old at the time).

Dicky didn't have a good sense of direction while driving (there were no such things as a GPS back then). Us kids in the back seat would say over and over again "Nationals, we are going to Nationals for pie".
(Nationals was a grocery store chain like A&P or Jewel). Well, we must have said that so much that Dicky got distracted from his driving and ended up actually going to Nationals by mistake. When we were there. He
didn't get mad at our little joke that we played on him, but instead said that since we were already there at Nationals, we might as well go and get the pie. So he went ahead and treated us to pie. That was very kind of him.

Fast forward about 40 years. I was about to go to my niece's high school graduation the next day. I could tell that Dicky had wanted to go but was feeling a bit nervous with his lack of driving directions and the trip distance (about 250 miles). I offerred to pick him up at his place and drive him to and back from the graduation. During that 4 hour drive he shared many stories our my parents, and he and my older siblings' early life which I never knew about. I almost didn't want the drive to end so I could hear more stories.

I will treasure that simple kindness of buying us pie and the stories of my family for the rest of my life.
Wally Yee (brother)
April 12th, 2009
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