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Walter Yung-Wen

May 18, 1927 – March 5, 2024

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Obituary for Walter Yung-Wen Jiang

Walter Yung Wen Jiang was born in the city of Weihai in the Shandong province of China. He was raised by his parents, Jiang Hui Qing and Li Qui Zhi, and had two brothers, James (older) and Francis (younger).

Walter’s upbringing was very difficult due to poverty. He grew up in a small fishing village at the back of a mountain. Most people in his village were poor. Walter only attended 4 years of primary school due to lack of money, but due to his studious nature, he always ranked in the top 3 in his class. When the Communist rule began in China and Walter was able to work, he moved to Shanghai to work at an alarm clock factory, making tools for alarm clocks. He was then transferred to being an assistant cook for the factory workers.

After about a year in Shanghai, Walter moved to Hong Kong and worked as a security guard for ships. After work, he attended night school to learn English. At 26 years old, he was able to attend Lichunjiang College and received his bachelor's degree in Economics. To further his English studying, he joined the Lutheran church, and eventually got a job with the Lutheran War Service, a company that provided aid for refugees. Walter initially worked as an adult English teacher, where he reconnected with his future wife Nancy. Walter was then promoted to Controller of Medical and Dental Eligibility. Walter and Nancy got married in Hong Kong and had four children while living there: Anna, David, Shane, and Stephen. 

In an effort to come to America, Walter applied for a scholarship through the Lutheran church to become a Social Work Professional, and ultimately attended University of Missouri, receiving a Masters of Science in Social Work.

After graduating from graduate school, Walter moved to Kansas for one year of practical training at Kansas State Hospital as a Social Worker. Upon completing his degree and training, he returned to Hong Kong and got visas for his immediate family to move to America with him. In 1975, Walter applied for visas for his brothers and their families as well, in addition to Nancy’s three sisters. He became a US citizen, and brought his mother to the US too. 

Walter, Nancy, and their four children then moved to Modesto, CA, where Walter continued working as a Hospital Social Worker. After moving to the US, Walter and Nancy had two more daughters, Jeanette and Cecilia, completing their family of 6. They then moved to Stockton, CA.

Walter and Nancy ultimately spent their later life together in Alameda, CA, spending time with their children and grandchildren. Walter has 13 grandchildren in total: Liza (daughter of Anna & Satoshi); Lauren and Riley (children of David & Grace); Chiron and Corvus (sons of Shane); Kaili, Tyson, and Tommy (children of Stephen & Sue Ping); Nico, Benji, and Ellie (children of Jeanette & Keith); and Taalia and Anjali (daughters of Cecilia & Manisha). 

Walter was the pioneer of moving the Jiang family to America. Due to his rigorous work ethic and determination, he was able to set the foundation for his children, grandchildren, and extended family to build successful lives in the US. For that, we will always be grateful to him and inspired by his courage to move abroad for a better life for his family. It is because of his bravery and love that we are all here. 

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Service Information

Sunday, March 17th, 2024 10:00am
Colonial Rose Chapel
520 N. Sutter St.
Stockton, CA 95202

Interment Information

Sunday, March 17th, 2024 12:30pm
Stockton Chinese Cemetery
202 W Mathews Rd.
French Camp, Ca. 95231

Reception Information

Sunday, March 17th, 2024 1:30pm
Reception Extra Info
Please join the family for a reception at China Palace 5052 West Ln Ste 4L, Stockton, CA 95210
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