David Lew Wing

Mar 22, 1918 – Jul 8, 2012

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David Lew Wing

1918 - 2012

 David Lew Wing passed on July 8, 2012 after a prolonged illness.   David was born on March 22, 1918 in Tacoma, WA to Lew Bow Wing and May Wong.  He was preceded in death by his siblings Charles, William, Arthur and Buster.  He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Anne Chinn Wing of Seattle, WA, daughters Dana Dorothy (John) Hunter of Irvine, CA and Kimberly Ann Wing of San Diego, CA, sister Virginia Louie of Seattle, WA, granddaughters Alia Tiger Anne Wing-Lawrence and Cheyenne Phoenix Wing-Lawrence of San Diego, CA, step-sons Larry A. Luke (Bette) of Edmonds, WA and Randall K. G. Luke of Olympia, WA, step-daughter Diane Luke Locke, deceased (Wayne) of Los Angeles, CA, four step-grandchildren,  four step-great-grandchildren and many  nephews and nieces.

David learned to be a jack of all trades working together with his father.   David’s first job at 12 was picking beans for $1.00 a day.  At 17 he worked in the salmon canneries in Ketchikan earning $85.00 a month.  After graduating from Lincoln High school in Tacoma he played baseball in the All City League.  After returning home from the cannery he was employed at the National Dollar Store in Tacoma.  At the start of the World War II in 1941 he managed the family business the Wing 10 Cent Store in Tacoma and three years later he opened the Pacific Wholesale Co.  In 1948 David opened the Shopette Variety Store in Tacoma.   In the 1960’s he worked in the property room of the Seattle Police Department.   He retired as warehouseman in the City of Seattle engineering department.

David met his wife Anne though his fellow Shopette employee Walter Chinn.  David was an avid salmon sportsman and he and Anne enjoyed many fishing trips.  David proposed to Anne on one knee as his boat was rocking and they were married on February 7th, 1955.     David was very supportive of Anne’s community activities and was patient and never complained.  He learned to play Mah Jong and bridge and belonged to several bridge groups.  In the 1960’s David and Anne took ballroom dance lessons at Arthur Murrays and continued taking dance lessons for years. 

David and Anne opened Poh-Poh’s Laundromat and dry cleaners in south Seattle in the 1970s.  They retired in the 1980s and went to dances six or seven times a week.  They spent 25 years traveling the world.  Highlights were a trip to New York to dance at the Roseland Ballroom and Austria to dance the Viennese waltz.

There will be no services.  A Celebration of Life was held on March 3, 2012.   Memorials are suggested to Kin On Community Health Care.  


KarenandPavel Blaho
Williston, FL
Aug 9, 2012

To The Wing Family:

We are so sorry for your loss. It will always be special, the memories we shared and I am so thankful that we were able to visit last summer. He will always be in our hearts. Auntie Anne was the best wife and caretaker and such a beautiful family. My heart goes out to all of you. Uncle Dave was so kind, so wise, gentle and loving. The last words I said to him were "I love You." He said that is very nice to hear. He will be missed and I wish him a peaceful journey. RIP Uncle Dave. You are loved and will be missed.


Karen & Pavel Blaho

Martha Lindley & Stephen Stimac
Seattle, WA
Jul 18, 2012

To the Wing family - We are very sorry for your loss. David was such a nice man and a good father and husband. Our thoughts are with you.

Harv Tan family
Seattle, WA
Jul 17, 2012

We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle David. I know it must be a very hard time for you and your family. Uncle David was a very nice man and he had a very full life. Please also pass this along to Auntie Anne from us, as we are so devastated to hear this news. Auntie Anne is a wonderful woman. Please thank her, also, for her support and generosity for our entire family.

Keeping you in our prayers,

The Tan Family,

Harv, Andrea, and Kristin

David Tsuchiya
Seattle, WA
Jul 16, 2012

Dear Ann Wing and family, (David Lew Wing)

My prayers of support go out to you for the loss of your beloved, David.

His mortal body presence may have left but the many memories of his

gentle spirit, his smiles, his patience, his understanding and devoted love will be

with you always! These memories of many, many years of special relationships will be

always yours. You are blessed, and so are we who have been previleged to know

David and you, Ann.

Sincerely, --Herb Tsuchiya

Kimberly Ann Wing
San Diego, CA
Jul 15, 2012

To my special father who taught me to ask for things and speak up, who believed in giving all people a fair chance of success and opportunity, who showed through example that the happiest times you spend in your life start with your family, who maintained an attitude of 'don't worry, be happy', who tried to teach me how to dance and showed me how to make a fried hot dog and a mean bowl of buttered popcorn over the stove top - I will miss your smiling face and warm heart but will be comforted to know that you having finally gotten your wish 'to be set free'. Can you please teach your grandson Wolfgang David Wing-Lawrence those Arthur Murray dances (because for a person of Chinese descent you broke the stereotype and have wonderful rhythm and beat)?

Love, Kimmie

T. Kelly
Columbia, MD
Jul 13, 2012

May the family find comfort in fond memories and in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34:18) Our loving Creator, Jehovah God, has promised to soon "swallow up death forever...and wipe the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25:8) With deepest sympathy.

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