Michael Chu, 84, of Kearney, Mo., passed away on February 8, 2019 in Liberty, Mo.
Michael was born in Shantou, China on January 7, 1935. Michael’s family lived in a Japanese-occupied area of China until the end of World War II. At a young age, Michael and two of his friends escaped a war zone area and moved to Hong Kong where they enjoyed the safety and stability provided by the British government. After working in Hong Kong for a few years, Michael decided to move to the United States to pursue an education. Michael moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1960 and worked at Fisherman’s Grotto before starting his education at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He later graduated from Peru State College in Neb., with a bachelor’s degree in Education. During the summer months in college, Michael worked in Chinatown, New York City. Michael completed his post-graduate work at the University of Missouri Kansas City where he earned master’s degrees in history and education. Michael taught high school and college in Kansas City, Mo., and Juneau, Alaska.
Michael enjoyed traveling to destinations in England, Asia, and across many of the US states. He deeply loved his wife, children, siblings, and grandchildren. Michael was a loyal friend, and a loving husband and father. He had a deep faith and an unwavering perseverance.
Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Marianne; sisters, Ann and Jennifer; mother, Chan Yuk Chu (陳玉珠) and father, Chu Teng Po (朱庭波).
Survivors include daughter, Christina Donze, son in-law, Angelo Donze; son, Steve Chu, daughter in-law, Cristy Rutter-Chu; grandchildren, Marianna, Isabella, Angelo Michael (named after his grandfather), Braydee, Lucy, and Max; and siblings, David, Helen, Serina, Samson, William and Vivian.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m., visitation 30 minutes prior on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Fry-Bross & Spidle Chapel in Kearney, Mo. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Kearney, Mo.
Our Sincere Condolences
We are deeply sorry for Michael’s death, but on the other hand we feel happy for him because he is with God now and no more suffering, and the best of all he is with his beloved wife Marina forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you (Christina) and your family.
James, Helen, Philip, William and Janet
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Sadden to hear that your father has left us. May you find comfort in the arms of Jesus and give you strength.
“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” – Luke 3:16-17
Our Deepest Condolences
We are saddened to receive news of Michael’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. But we can also take comfort and rejoice in knowing that our Brother, Uncle, Grand-Uncle has gone to a better place to be with our Lord Jesus.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3
Thomas & Serina, Lydia & Mathew, Esther, Elizabeth & Michael, Zachary, Isaac.
Words will never suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for the passing of our beloved Uncle Michael. May he ever watch over his family from heaven.
Please accept our deepest of condolences.
Joshua and Anna
We are so saddened to hear the pass away of Michael, our brother and uncle. Our prayers are with you and family. He is now with no pain or tear, staying peacefully in heaven with God and his loved one. Michael, you are truly missed and will be in our hearts and memories.
Samson, Angela, Grace, Joyce, Jessie
Great brother of mine had gone on earth but his eternal life is just begin. l miss you Michael.
I remember him as a wonderful man and a great teacher. He made learning fun even when he was handed the many challenges of teaching teenagers. So sad to hear of his passing, may you Rest In Peace Mr. Chu, you made a difference in my life.
Michael was a significant man and leader in the years that I knew him as a teacher at Grandview High School and afterwards. As a student of his, he inspired me to pursue studies in geography at the University of Central Missouri. He encouraged me to become a teacher, though my career took a turn in another direction. I maintained contact with him for several years while he was living in Alaska, then returning to the Kansas City area. I’ll never forget some of the stories he told. He had a great sense of humor, but also know when to be serious. My hope is to see him once again in heaven. Farewell Mr. Chu.
My heart went out to your family for the loss of Michael. I loss my mother over 10+ years ago. But I found comfort in these few scriptures. I hope they find comfort for you during this difficult time.
Psalms 37:9,-11,29 9 For evil men will be done away with,j But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.k
10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;l You will look at where they were, And they will not be there.m
11 But the meek will possess the earth,n And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance
29 The righteous will possess the earth,i And they will live forever on it.j
Please look up these scriptures in your own copy of the Bible. It will give you confidence you will see Michael again under righteous condition where he is no longer sick but restored youth and healthy. If you enjoyed reading about this hope, you can read more of God’s great plans for our future at www.jw.org
He was a dear friend. I loved to visit with him. He was so interesting. Always had a big smile for me when I came to visit. He will be missed, so sorry for your loss, but I know he is where he wanted to be.