Wing Leong, 93

Mechanical engineer, woodworker, photographer

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Wing Leong, 93, son of Ngum Gee (father) and Chin Shee (mother), died on July 10, 2018. Born in St. Louis' Chinatown, his mother and father were Chinese immigrants and his family owned a restaurant where he worked as a boy making deliveries, greeting customers, and working in the kitchen. From his humble beginnings, he set his sights on a professional career and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated with bachelor and master's degrees in mechanical engineering. He worked at Emerson Electric in St. Louis for over 30 years in the Aeronautics and Space Division. In 1975, he was selected as the lead project manager for the Middle East, living in Tehran, Iran for two years with his wife, Gertrude, and younger son, Andrew. During his time as an engineer, he was an active member and officer of the Engineers Club of St. Louis.

After retiring from Emerson Electric, Wing worked as a consultant to Emerson for several years. During his retirement, he traveled with his wife to Europe and China, crafted beautiful wood pieces for his grandchildren, enjoyed photography and spending time with his family. He and his wife eventually moved from St. Louis and became residents of River Forest to be closer to their daughter, Janet, and three granddaughters. 

Wing is survived by Gertrude, his wife of 64 years; his daughter, Janet (Kevin Crowell); his sons, Ronald (Nancy) and Andrew (Linda); and six grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, Vivian, Luke, Ben and Jonathan. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Quong (Cynthia) and his sister, Annie.

A funeral service to celebrate Wing's life was held on July 16 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 7750 W. Cermak Road, Forest Park.

Memorial contributions benefiting the Wing Leong Scholarship may be made payable to: Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1082, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, specifying the scholarship name on the memo line of your check.

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