Beloved husband of Fong Kuen (nee So); loving father of Venna (David SS) Chan and Sevila (the late Michael Ira) Schiml; cherished son of the late Chi Liang Yee and the late Tan Fung Toy; fond grandfather of Maemie (David) Hudec, Melannie Chan, Michael N Schiml, Madison E. Schiml, and Mathew L. Schiml; great-grandfather of Andrew Michael Da Wei Hudec; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday; October 7th from 3:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. at Michael Coletta Sons Funeral Home 544 West 31st Street., Chicago, IL. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday; October 8th from 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. at Michael Coletta Sons Funeral Home. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. For more information 312-225-8500.
Kin Hong Yee, 1926 – 2022
Kin Hong Yee was born in 1926 in Tai Shan (GuangDong), to the Chuen Lung village. At the age of 4, he moved from China to Hong Kong with his father. After receiving a high-school education, he worked for his father’s company as the construction foreman until his dad suddenly died at the age of 38. With the loss of his father, the company dissolved and he abruptly transitioned into a career as a Hong Kong policeman, serving 3 years on the force. In 1954, with the help of his great aunt, he immigrated to the United States arriving in Detroit. In 1963, he moved to Chicago in search of better opportunities with the aim of reuniting his family. While working at a restaurant as a Chef, he saved for 2 years; and, in 1965, he got approval for his family to join him in Chicago. Fong Kuen Yee (wife) and Venna (daughter) moved to Chicago, and his family was reunited. After 2 more years, his family grew with the birth of his second daughter, Sevila. He continued his hard work as a chef for years to come. In 1982, he joined the Yee Fung Toy (YFT) Chicago Charter as a volunteer worker. Under the great leadership of Mr. Yee Fan Wo, he worked hard to serve a larger role in the organization. A few years later, he was integral in the process of purchasing the building that the YFT association uses today. Throughout the years he continued his hard work as an organizer and financial advisor for the community. He was recognized for his work by the Michigan and headquarter Charters; and, his passion has been witnessed by many in the community. While he has passed on, his lasting work and footprint in the YFT will be carried on by future generations.