David Lew Wing
Mar 22, 1918 – Jul 8, 2012
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.
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