Sek Chong Wong, 85, of Boise, passed away Saturday, October 31,
2015 to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sek Wong was born the middle child of Chang
Men and Yi De Wong on the wintery day of December fifteenth, 1929 in the providence
of Canton China. As a child, he carried
water buckets and herded cows to help the family fill their bowls with
rice. Later as a young lad, Sek started
a chicken farm for the burgeoning poultry appetite of Hong Kong. However, Sek realized that the real
opportunities lay westward to the Americas.
With South America as his only option in 1958, Sek boarded a plane for
Colombia, South American. Sek, a Chinese
man with no more formal education than grade school and no knowledge of the
local language, risked everything to own a corner grocery store in the coastal
city of Santa Marta. He made it work.
Sek life changed in 1963, when Yuk Kam Kwong (Susan) arrived in
Santa Marta. They married 1 week later
on 20 September 1963. For the newly
married Wongs, life got a lot more busy with the birth of their sons Lolo and
Victor in 1964 and 1965. Not long
after, the immigration laws changed in 1968 and Sek jumped on his opportunity
to obtain a work visa and green card to the United States. Entrusting the corner store to Susan, Sek
paved the way for his family to the United States. Two years later, Sek greeted Susan, Lolo and
Victor in Boise, Idaho.
Both Sek and Susan started their new life in the US working at
Golden Star Restaurant in Boise. From
their small beginnings, long work days, but bigger dreams…Sek
and Susan owned/partnered three restaurants, one in Oregon and two in
Boise. Though busy, Sek and Susan, found
time to think of others. Over a period
of 7 years, Sek and Susan sponsored 2 families’
immigration to the United States.
They knew firsthand the hardships of being immigrates, so Sek and Susan
helped with the big things of jobs and homes to the ordinary tasks of just
finding clothes for the children.
Spring of 2012, Sek was hospitalized with pneumonia. Family members gathered fearing for Sek’s
life and his eternal soul. With Sek on a
ventilator, Pastor Yang and his wife presented the gospel of Jesus Christ to a
supposed unhearing and comatose Sek. A
miracle to those present, Sek raised his arm in belief and faith in Jesus
Christ. Days later, Sek was baptized and
was saved physically and spiritually.
From the start, Sek and Susan impressed upon Lolo and Victor to
value education. So Lolo and Victor
started their education employed as bus boys, dishwashers and cook. Both Lolo and Victor finished college and
started the next generation of Wongs.
Today, Sek and Susan are the proud parents of Lolo and
Victor. They are also proud in-laws to
their lovely wives Dina, and Joan. They
are especially grateful for the grandchildren:
Caleb, Vanessa, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Joshua, Timothy and little
A service will be held at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise
on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:30am to celebrate his life. Following the service, a reception will be at
China Grand Buffet Restaurant. A
viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 9:30am-1130am at the
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.