Kee Wah Chung

Jan 11, 1971 – Jan 14, 2019

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Obituary

Kee Wah was born in Hong Kong on January 11, 1971 and soon thereafter his family moved to Washington state and eventually settled in Federal Way.  He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and continued on to obtain an MBA, BS and BA in Business Management, Sociology and Building Construction from the University of Washington.

Kee Wah was married to Shauna on August 9, 2009 after they met and fell in love while both worked at Microsoft.

Kee Wah was known for his humor, always a quick wit and he never shied from doing whatever it took to get a laugh.  He put people at ease with his humor and made sure everyone was smiling and laughing. His 15-minutes of fame came first when he won Wheel of Fortune, followed by a stellar performance at the talent show on one of the many cruises he took with Shauna and his family.  As a generous man with a huge heart, Kee Wah was always first to extend a helping hand offering whatever was needed, which is one reason why he was surrounded by lifelong, forever friends.

Kee Wah is survived by Shauna, his three young children, Katelynn, Keelan and Riker, his sisters Amy and Judy, and extended loving family and a very extensive group of friends.

Kee Wah is preceded in death by his mother, Kim T. Chung, who passed just 11 days before Kee Wah, his father Chang Chung, his brother Jeffrey Chung.

The family wishes to thank the staff and parents of Camelot Elementary School for their caring generosity, his co-workers, past and current, the folks at Bonney-Watson for helping to make the process smoother for Shauna, and for all his wonderful friends who showed up at Harbor View to provide support and love for Shauna in her time of need, to help with the children through this emotional and hectic time, and who held her hand throughout the sudden and devastating loss of the love of her life and father of her precious children.

Guestbook

Rebecca & Michael Straley
Stafford, Virginia
Jan 27, 2019

It is with a heavy heart I lost a friend and mentor that had shown great thoughtfulness at every intersection. Always seeking the next right step, collaboration and blessed with a natural Choice of Words seeking to understand before being understood. The support and clarity and humor was always intertwined with family and love - such a huge part of our life is living while loving and KeeWah always led with family!

Ralph & Trish Caballero
Miami, FL
Jan 25, 2019

Kee Wah was a creative, kind, smart and ingenious co-worker. He was on a mission to help as many as he could as much as he could. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family. We were privileged to know and work with him...

Our kind thoughts and prayers,

Ralph & Trish

Erin Lynn
Seattle, WA
Jan 23, 2019

Kee Wah was an Angel among men. My deepest condolences to his loved ones.

Gurbax Kaur Sandhu
Federal Way, WA
Jan 22, 2019

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heartiest condolences and prayers with you and your family. May god give you the strength to go through this hard time. Kee Wah will be deeply missed.

Ken Lukecart
Duvall, Washington
Jan 21, 2019

A very kind person, I knew Kee Wah from Microsoft and he always impressed me with his mannerisms. A very kind, smart thoughtful person. Saddened by the news.

Kristine Wolahan
Seattle, WA
Jan 21, 2019

I knew Kee Wah from work at eXp Realty. He was so funny and quick witted and kind. He seemed to never stop smiling or laughing.and you had to join him. He was a great boss and a stellar person. I am honored to have met him.

He will very much be missed by all those who knew him.

Kendra Lonning
Auburn , WA
Jan 21, 2019

Yutaka Eugene Suzuki
Tokyo, JP
Jan 20, 2019

Our hearts break for the sad news. My family and myself sending our deep condolences to you Shauna and the family. We felt sorry deeply that we were unable to meet him and Shauna when they visited Tokyo in November.

May Kee Wah rest in peace.

Gary and Mary Hunter
Federal Way, WA
Jan 20, 2019

Denise Holehouse
Canberra, Australia, ACT
Jan 20, 2019

It is truly hard to find words....

Kee Wah was a wonderful work colleague and friend. Always helpful, happy and humble. I will never forget his smiling face.

Sincere condolences, Shauna. Sending you and your children the warmest of embraces from summer in Australia.

Kay Johnston
Redmond , WA
Jan 20, 2019

I will never forget KeeWahís sense of humor and can do attitude when we worked together at Microsoftís EBC. He was greatly loved and respected, and it is a testament to his character that his colleagues recall his larger than life personality years after he was no longer a part of our lives.

May god bless you KeeWah and provide your young family strength in the years to come without you at their side.

Hau D & Tram Anh Nguyen
Federal Way, Washington
Jan 17, 2019

Our hearts break for the sad news. My family and myself reaching and sending our deeply condolences out to you Shauna and the family,

May Kee Wah rest in peace, much Love.

Bonnie Hamilton
Redmond, WA
Jan 17, 2019

I worked with Kee Wah for several years during his time at the Microsoft EBC. He was so kind, professional, helpful, and put his colleagues and customers first. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Kathleen Redd
Morgan Hill, California
Jan 17, 2019

Dear Shauna and family,

Our hearts go out to you at this sudden and unexpected loss of your husband, father, brother, and friend.

Kee Wah and I met through the ABPM and through the work Mandel did at the Microsoft EBC when Kee Wah was there.

As others have said, he was very smart, hard-working, and caring. He brightened the room whenever he walked in, and his sense of humor put everyone at ease.

Although we haven't seen each other for several years, we occasionally traded messages. Shauna, I know you are the love of his life, and his children are his joy.

May you find comfort in the love and support of friends and family at this time, and in the memories of your all-too-short time together.

With love and prayers,

Kathleen

Alex Faulkner
Seattle, WA
Jan 16, 2019

Kee Wah was one of the kindest people I have ever met, and in any situation could put a smile on his face, and those of others. No task was too big, and no burden too great, and the world has lost one of the best ones. He will be missed immensely by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, including me, and will be smiling down offering his humor, encouragement, and protection to his family who were his world. I am so sorry for your loss.

Brent Beavers
Rogersville, AL
Jan 16, 2019

During the short time that I knew you, wow, what a positive impact you had on my life. Your kindness and willingness to always lend a helping hand is a perfect example to us all. I will always have fond memories of karaoke fun and some great conversation. You will be dearly missed, my friend.

Pamela Evans
San Carlos, CA
Jan 16, 2019

Like so many of Kee Wah's friends and colleagues, I was shocked and saddened to learn the news of his sudden passing. I became acquainted with Kee Wah through our industry association, ABPM, and then later when we worked together at Polycom. I admired Kee Wah for his professionalism, leadership qualities, intelligence, problem-solving capabilities and quick wit, but what I remember most was his humility and compassion for others. He always tried to find the best outcome for everyone around him. Kee Wah will be missed. May God give comfort to his family at this very sad time.

John Gallagher
Redmond, WA
Jan 16, 2019

This is very sad. I had just wished Kee Wah happy birthday last week and we exchanged a quick message. I can never think of the EBC without thinking about Kee Wah and always willing to chat or help with a problem. We even went through an earthquake in building 33 not long after it opened. I remember once asking him about a visit to China with his family and how was his Mandarin during his stay. He told me he understood the language okay but was fairly surprised on his visit when he believed he was being asked by his grandmother to walk the family goat. He wasn't sure if this was the inside joke played on the visiting relative but he found himself walking the goat by a leash down the road. Even if it was a joke, he was willing to play along. He was kind, funny and he will be missed. I'm sorry for your loss

Sandra Steele
Mercer Island, WA
Jan 16, 2019

Itís a fortunate thing when a work colleague can also become a dear friend, and Kee Wah was that to me.

Kee Wah made everything more fun, no matter how mundane. When I think of Kee Wah, these things come immediately to mind: whip smart, playful, wicked sense of humor, so generous, loyal friend Ė - and I donít know if Iíve known someone who loved their family more. Shauna, my heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family.

Patrick Bonar
Welwyn Garden City, UK
Jan 16, 2019

To the Chung Family,

Iím very sorry for your recent loss, I really enjoyed working and getting to know Kee Wah during the time he was at Polycom, really nice person, caring and help to put me on a good path, we had a lot of good times in Polycom, from launches of the NYC EEC, to just getting to know each other. I have to personally say that Kee Wah as a great manager, and always looked out for his employees. Iím sorry to say I wonít be able to make Monday, January 21, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

Kassie Denney
Portland , Or
Jan 16, 2019

My heart breaks. I worked with him at Microsoft EBC and the Polycome EC...

He was the best boss. This is so heartbreaking.

*hugs* to his family and all that knew him.

Michael T Galvin
Lakewood, WA
Jan 16, 2019

My deepest condolences to the entire family for you loss. We will be praying for you comfort and needs during tbis time if grief.

Linda Stevens
Kansas City, MO
Jan 16, 2019

I worked with Kee Wah for several years at Microsoft EBC. He was creative, intelligent and exceeded expectations on every task assigned regardless of the complexity. But most of all, he was fun loving and a great friend to everyone at the EBC. I am heartbroken to know he has left this earth much too soon. My deepest condolences to Shauna and his children as he watches over you from Heaven.

Jenn Wraspir
REDMOND, WA
Jan 16, 2019

Words seem useless here. So many memories of laughter and good times with KeeWah. The world has lost a truly amazing soul.

Mariflor Espiritu
Federal way, Wa
Jan 16, 2019

I have lost not just a good friend but a brother as well. I would never forget Kee Wah and his family for all the kindness they have done to me and for treating me not just a caretaker of his mom but as a family too. I am fortunate to have known and worked with them for her mom. He is an amazing and truly loving son to her mom, a good provider and loving father, a man with full of sense of humor, a loving and caring husband to Shauna. He will do everything for his family. From the bottom of my heart thank you very much for all your goodness and your family. You are now in the hands of the Lord. May you Rest In Peace.

Brian & Christie Hoffpauer
Spokane, WA
Jan 16, 2019

Kee Wah and I never met in person. He interviewed and hired me at eXp Realty. The phone interview was supposed to last 15 minutes or less, but we clicked and talked for almost an hour. He was a very kind and considerate person and a great boss. I enjoyed working with him and my only regret is that I did not get to know him better. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shauna and the children during this most difficult time. May you find peace in the Lord.

David Visintainer
Spokane, WA
Jan 16, 2019

We loss a kind, funny, loving man too soon.. Thoughts and prayers to Shauna and their children.

Shashi and Ramesh Prasad
Federalway , Wa
Jan 16, 2019

May your souls Rest In Peace

Mary and George Siracuse
Federal Way, WA
Jan 15, 2019

Our hearts go out to you and your family, Shauna. You are all in our prayers. May Kee Wah rest in peace. He was an incredible person.

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