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Larry Leong Hong
Viewing: April 27, 2018 (Friday) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: April 28, 2018 (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.
Location: DeVol Funeral Home, Gaithersburg, MD

Larry Leong Hong passed away peacefully on April 20, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  Born in China in 1922, his family immigrated to Burma when he was an infant, to seek better fortune.  Larry was the oldest son of six children—he had three sisters and two brothers.  His family sent him back to get his schooling in the Village he was born in China, to learn about his heritage and his culture.  Shortly after he returned home to Burma, he left at age 13 to seek a better future for himself and for his family.  He came by himself to America—to the Golden Mountain—where it was believed the streets were paved with gold. 

In 1935, when he arrived in America, he found no streets paved in gold bricks. Instead, he found a country in the grips of the Great Depression, and life was hard.  But that did not deter him:  he worked hard at the family restaurant.  Larry learned the value of hard work, determination, and self-sufficiency.  He worked in the restaurant until the clarion call of World War II.  In 1942 he joined the war effort working at a factory as an engine Lathe Operator and was promoted to be inspector, metal parts precision, until he was called to serve.  He was inducted into the Army of the United States in March of 1943.  He served in the European Theater, landing with his Regiment in Normandy, and went on to serve in Ardennes-Rhineland, Northern France and Central Europe, serving as the acting mess sergeant for the officers.  He was honorably discharged in 1945.  He returned to civilian life and went back to the restaurant business.  Two years after his discharge from the Army, his only son, Kenneth was born.

He met the love of his life, Annette Moy, at the restaurant they both worked, and they were married in 1942.  This was a love affair that lasted for almost 62 years, until his beloved wife passed in January 2000.  Even though Larry came to America by himself, as a young teen, when he married Annette, he married into the Moy Clan—a very large, very tight knit, and very loving family.  He learned through Annette the value, and the strong bonds of family.  Larry was devoted to his family and to his extended family.  He was generous, strong, dependable, and stable.  He and his wife were an anchor for the very large family. 

The family took every opportunity to gather together—whether it was to celebrate a holiday, to celebrate a special milestone, or just to get together for a picnic—they were fun, and of course, these gatherings always featured good food.  Each weekend the extended family came together atone of the sisters’ house to play mah jong, while the young children went to sleep to the sound of the click-clicking of the mah jong game.  Larry loved good Chinese food—he especially loved lobster and Chinese style chicken.  His idea of a good vacation was finding good Chinese restaurants—he would study each menu intently, and once we finished one meal, he would be planning for the next restaurant meal.

Larry was a fighter.  He met several challenges throughout his life, and each time he fought it—and won!  His love of family, his love of food, his strength, his fighting spirit will be missed.  Larry is survived by his son, Kenneth Leong Hong (wife Belkis) of Gaithersburg, Maryland and his only granddaughter Denise Williams (husband Dan) of National Harbor, Maryland.

Friends may call at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 on Friday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM where a funeral service will be held on Saturday April 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Interment: Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD.

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