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Yung Chien

Yung Ching Chien

December 16, 1931 - July 20, 2020
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Obituary

Chien, Yung Ching,90 , passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 20, 2020 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Daxi, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. Yung Ching had a long and successful career in construction. He retired and immigrated to the United States in 1980. He loved to play the harmonica and was active in the Chinese Community of Houston. He will be sadly missed by Chien, Shiowyuan, his wife of 68 years, his son Yua Dean Chien wife Amy, daughter Mancy J Parker husband Amleto Martocchia, daughter Shwuer Phillips husband Wade, daughter Janice Chien Bonner husband Bob and son Travis Chien wife Ann. He is also survived by 7 Granddaughters, 5 Grandsons, 2 great granddaughters and 1 great grandson. Also survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers that reside in Taiwan along with many niece and nephews.

Due to the COVID 19 situation, the family will have a private viewing Saturday July 25, 2020 and private service at 11 am Sunday July 26, 2020.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 |
    When
    Sunday, July 26, 2020
    Location
    Winford Funerals Southwest
    Address
    8514 Tybor Drive
    HOUSTON, TX 77074
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    Notes
    Private Service
  • Interment

    Location
    Winford Southwest Crematory
    Address
    8514 Tybor Dr.
    HOUSTON, TX 77074
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Travis Chien

Posted at 01:48am
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Janice Chien

Posted at 12:43am
A few memories of my father:

When I was young, Dad was very hard on me and refused to sign my test if I didn’t score 100. I cried, but he always pushed me hard to be the best. Dad also used to carry me on his back while he swam, and taught us kids how to swim by throwing us in the river. He wouldn’t jump in to help unless he saw one of us go under.

When Dad got home from work, Travis and I would have a contest of who could give him the loudest kiss. At night, I would sleep to the left of Dad and Travis would sleep next to Mom. When we moved to Daxi, Travis would sleep with our parents and I would sleep at the foot of their bed.

I used to shine his leather shoes. He would also let me clip his toe nails even though I accidentally clipped his toes multiple times.

When we were in elementary school, he bought one of a few Japanese pianos in town so that Marja and I could learn how to play.

He used to take the family to Taipei on New Years to buy new clothes and shoes. He provided us with the best life growing up.

When I was in nursing school, I told him I was going to go crazy if I didn’t quit, and he agreed. I always wanted to be an engineer because he was my hero. I studied hard like him, and partied hard like him. We would go bowling, to karaoke, and go dancing at the club four times a week. When I asked Dad why he didn’t teach me how to make money, he said “well, you liked to have fun so I took you to have fun”.

When we moved to Houston, Dad told me he’d buy me any car I wanted. We drove by a Chevy dealership and I told him I wanted a Corvette. Of course, he said no.

Dad never said any harsh words to me. Dad, If you allow me to, I want to be your daughter again in the next life. I love you.
MP

Mancy Jane Parker

Posted at 10:34pm
We could not have a more loving Dad! Thank you for walking with me over the last 68 years.

Looking back, I remember many things which have always been and will continue to be with me:

I was 4 years old when you bought me my first pair of leather shoes: not cloth but leather shoes and,
yellow in color with red polka dots, Wow! And of course, new shoes and new clothes were only for
Chinese New Year, a special time of year.

At about that time while you were serving in the military you would bring home salty crackers, yes, salty
crackers that you would save from your meal to bring to us. Even today, I can taste those salty crackers!

When I was 15 you tried to teach me how to drive your little truck. When I sat behind the wheel and
asked, Dad how can I drive when the truck is wider than the road? That was the end of the driving
lesson.

You bought the first TV in our whole village. Our house filled up with people hours before the program
even began to watch this new thing.

How many times you got stopped by the police for carrying the five of us plus mom and yourself on a
motorcycle! I can see that picture!

You became a grandfather at 48, and you loved putting your first granddaughter Reina on your shoulder
and pretended you were in a puppet show.

You always let me choose the road to walk on and encouraged me to never stop chasing my dream. You
helped me stand on my own two feet, yet when I needed a helping hand you taught me how to be
strong.

You survived back surgeries twice and both knee replacements.

You out swam every one of us even though you were trying to challenge us to try to compete with you,
but no way could we compete with you. I remember when you threw us into the river and told us “hold
on to the bamboo pole and kick your legs.” Because of you, we all know how to swim!

You taught your grandson Rex how to play golf … you had to pick that expensive sport! Oh well, I gave up my job at the
Bank and became a Real Estate consultant.

Everyone tells me that I look like you, but you did not give me your “lady killer” smile!

You gave all of us your strength, your bravery and your support, yet your love for us was endless!

Yes, we will always remember, but above all,

Thank you for being my Dad!

Your loving daughter
TC

Travis Chien

Posted at 01:10am
Yung Ching Chien was born in Daxi, at the riverbank of Dahan Creek. He was raised in a farmland and educated under the Japanese school system at the time. With his outstanding academic achievement during elementary/high school, he was able to skip several grades to complete his education at a young age. Yung Ching graduated from Kai-Nan Technology School, one of two most prestigious civil engineering schools in Taiwan during the 1950’s.

He began his journey in the civil engineering and construction industry working at his classmates’ construction company in his early 20s, where he met mom/grandma. After marrying mom/grandma, he later went on to establish his own construction company, named Yung Ching Construction Co., primarily working on social infrastructural and public works, including roads, bridges, water/power utilities. At the time, Yung Ching Construction Co., was regarded as one of the top construction firms in Daxi and Taoyuan regions. Yung Ching Construction Co. was also recognized for its quality works and accomplishments, becoming one of only five exclusive construction firms allowed to conduct construction works for Taiwan’s Presidential projects.

One particular highlight of the company included the construction of 5 suspension bridges (including Yi-ao, Hsiao Wulai, Sankuang, Sijun, and Xikou) , as part of the social infrastructure work to provide transportation and improve the livelihood of the people from the Fuxing Mountain area’s indigenous people. These projects helped connect the Fuxing Mountain’s community with the greater region, greatly improving access to work opportunities, education, and resulting in great economic benefits to the area. Many people from the region still remember the benefits brought about by these projects to this day, and still appreciate the works done by Yung Ching.

These photos show one of the suspension bridges (Yi-Ao) Yung Ching built in 1963 for the Fuxing Mountain region at the young age of 31. The construction of the bridge was filled with difficulties and challenges, located in an underdeveloped region with limited access to site location, power, water, equipment, and other adverse conditions. Materials such as steel, concrete, and other construction materials had to be carried by hand to the site. Despite these challenges, the works carried out by the Yung Ching were built with quality and longevity in mind, as you can still find many of his works still being in service to this day. To this day, these suspension bridges remain as iconic projects, and garnering attention as some of Taiwan’s famous scenic locations.

Grandpa/Dad, we will remember you forever, and we are proud to be your family. Thank you for providing us with a good education and for raising us to become good persons. We will remember you forever, and we all love you.

From your loving Chien family.
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