Lawrence “Larry” Ching

Posted On June 6th, 2012 -

Resident of Mountain View, CA May 31, 1922May 7, 2012

Lawrence “Larry” Ching, aka Wah Bing, passed away peacefully on May 7th, in Mountain View, California. Born & raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Larry spent the bulk of his senior years in Reno, Nevada. In 2010, he moved to California to live with his son Larry Jr. and his daughter-in-law Mary. In 1941, Larry survived the Japanese assault on Wake Island, later to be captured by them after the Marines surrendered. He endured the entirety of World War II in POW camps. After the war, he enlisted in the Army, ultimately running a mess hall at the rank of sergeant. After the army, Larry held a number of occupationsbellhop, seaman, typewriter repairmanand finally his favorite job, a salesman at Sears. He was an eager raconteur, a skilled fisherman, and household handyman. In later years, Larry enjoyed bargain hunting and buffet dining. He always liked to read biographies and adventures. Larry was husband to the late Katherine Harue nÈe Onaga, and is survived by their two children, Janice Roberts and Lawrence Jr., and his siblings Helen Serrao and Eleanor Kam. Per Larry’s wishes, his ashes will be scattered into the Pacific, in private ceremonies in California and in Hawaii. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to a deserving charity.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran