|Edward Wei-Kang Wang|
Service: Short private service on Friday, July 3, 2020 At 11 am (Due to Covid - 19 restrictions only the immediate family will be able to attend in person. A zoom video will be set up
Location: DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Edward Wei-Kang Wang (age 91), died on June 30, 2020 at Casey House Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland. The immediate cause of death was from complications from an intracranial hemorrhage, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Edward was beloved by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Julia Kuan Fang Wang, older brother Charles, six children Michael Ye-An (wife Amy), Ye-Yeng (husband Robert), Ye-Ling (husband David), John, Jim (wife Lillian) and Jeff (wife Alison), and ten grandchildren Eric, Patricia, Matthew, Allison, Robert, Patrick, Sydney, Colin, Audrey and Ava.
Edward was born in Anyang in Henan province in China on August 22, 1928. He was born during a very perilous time. A period where regional warlords were fighting for dominance and territory, small scale wars and poor soldiers were a common occurrence that made up his childhood. He was born into a loving family with both parents being educators and as such emphasized education and hard work. He described a childhood of study and standard farm type chores, but also of joy and mischief. Stories of falling from the top of an apricot tree and down a well (two separate instances) were among the childhood exploits. Activities that in today's society would have certainly earned disapproving neighborly glances and most likely a visit from child protective services. That being the case, there were also stories of his parents skipping meals during times of famine, so that the kids would be able to have something to eat.
When Edward’s father developed insomnia later in life and had read that “taking a walk in the afternoon can help sleep at night,” Edward, the dutiful son, was chosen as his walking partner. They would routinely walk 40 li at a time, up to a record 70 li in a day (21.7 miles)! During these walks, there was a lot of time for conversation. His most dreaded topic that his father would ask him was what he would do when he grew up. Edward would always answer as most kids his age would, an honest “I don’t know.” His father’s response was always some form of “People must be ambitious, determined to succeed, and work diligently, study hard, not be stubborn, be flexible, but most importantly be loyal and treat others with generosity and respect.” Clearly these words were taken to heart and were a big part of how he lived his life and set an example for his children.
At the age of twelve, the Japanese attacked China near Edward’s home and the family was forced to flee for safety. Unfortunately, the family was also forced to split up while they fled. This would become a life event that would reoccur with alarming frequency in Edward’s life. When World War 2 ended, Edward was seventeen and had already seen enough hardship to fill several lifetimes. He began working with a local elementary school, as there was a shortage of teachers after the war. He also began selling books for the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and apparently was quite good at it. All the money he made from this business, he gave to his mother. The stable times did not last as he moved to Kowloon in 1948 as the school he was working in relocated. Unfortunately when the school relocated back to Nanjing in 1950, Edward was stranded in Hong Kong yet again separated from his family as now the Korean War had started.
Eventually Edward immigrated to America where in comparison to his early years, were incredibly tame and pedestrian. Edward earned a degree from Columbia Union College and worked as a medical technician for his years in America, with no direct threat of war or famine, and only in the last year of life did disease make its way on stage, with the onset of SARS-CoV-2. He always worked humbly and diligently, upholding the principles he learned as a child. He enjoyed having a simple life and being surrounded by family.
We will be holding a short private service for Edward on Friday, July 3, 2020 at DeVol Funeral home, 10 East Deer Park Dr, Gaithersburg MD (Service will begin at 11 am on zoom). Due to Covid restrictions only the immediate family will be able to attend in person. A video conference will be set up for all who were not able to attend in person.
Flowers can be sent to DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park, Gaithersburg, MD. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
Services will begin at 11 am
Meeting ID: 876 9646 7314
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