Van Vi Nguyen, Age :72
May 09,1948---Jun 15,2020

Mr Van Vi Nguyen was born on May 9, 1948 in Vietnam and passed away June 15, 2020, in Kansas City, KS.  He was valedictorian of his high school.  His earnest desire was to gain higher education by attending college, but was so frustrated with the attrocities occuring in his homeland, he chose to enlist in military service.  Mr. Nguyen was sent to the US and trained as a helicopter mechanic.  While working at the Da Nang Airport, he was chosen lead a Catholic Youth Group because of his faith and choir director at the church.

Fearing persecution due to his faith and military service he fled with his family  by boat in 1981.  At sea, his family was rescued by a US fishing boat.  At the refugee base in the Phillipines the authorities wanted to split his family apart across several countries, but he pleaded his case and prayed to God and the Virgin Mary.  God answered his prayer and and had St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Holy Rosary intervene so his 3 children, wife, 5 brothers in law, 1 nephew and 3 cousins were all allowed to come to the US.  He helped raise this extended family to become upstanding US citizens.  Through his hardwork and perservance, all of his family was able to attain higher education.

He was offered a job as an airplane mechanic with better pay, but declined since he would have to leave his family to work. Instead, he apprenticed at  Dave Roe Autobody Shop in Lee’s Summit, MO and learned autobody repair.  After about 8 years, he was able to open his own store, KC Autobody Shop in Kansas City, KS, which remained continuously opened for over 30 years until the day he died. The only days he closed his shop was Sunday for church, and Thanksgiving and Christmas.  He  still managed to help find the first vietnamese catholic youth group in Kansas City and became the first group of Eucharistic ministers at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He taught bible school every Saturday and helped  find funding for the first Vietnamese church, Church of the Holy Martyrs in Kansas City. He was a member of the Sacred Heart League and served 2 terms as director of his church. His last days were spent at his shop working on customer’s cars doing what he loved, supporting the church, and talking to his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Tuyen Pham, 2 daughters, Hang and Hanh and her husband Howard, 3 sons, Vinh and his wife Christine, Yen, and Viet, 4 grandchildren, Alena, Evan, Emma, and Nathan, and 3 godsons, Dung, Khai, and Quang.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Church of the Holy Martyrs, 7801 Paseo, KC, MO 64131. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Church.  Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS.



Condolences

Phuong Tran Vu Jun 19 ,2020

Family ,Cerritos ,California

Dearest Nguyen family, Our heart hurts for you and we pray that you will find comfort in that our Father has called bac Vi home to eternal life. We are grateful for his services to our country and the community and of course as a loving and devoted brother, grandpa, father, uncle, and friend. Hang and Hanh, The pleasure of knowing you both is ours and who you are is a testament and living legacy your dad had gifted you and us. We are only a phone call/plane ride away. Please take care. Sincerely, Phuong and CA family

Kathleen (Kate) Cefolia Miller Jun 21 ,2020

Neighbor ,Overland Park ,Kansas

So very sorry to hear of Van's death. I cannot be there for his funeral as I am going out of town but I will be thinking of you all and praying especially on Friday. God Bless you all Kate Miller neighbor across the street

Tim Davis Jun 22 ,2020

friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Dear, Nguyen Family, my prayers are centered on you right now for our Maker's comfort. I am sorry for your loss and happy that such an amazing human was in your lives.

Tram Nguyen Jun 23 ,2020

In law ,Annandale ,Virginia

Xin chia buồn cùng chị và gia đình. Nguyện xin chúa sớm đưa linh hồn anh về hưởng nhan thánh Chúa. Xin chúa luôn ủi an chị và gia đình trong lúc này. Em Tram

Huong Nguyen Jun 24 ,2020

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Em xin chia buồn cùng chị, cãc cháu va đại gia đình. Chúa đã cẫt nhắc những linh hồn đẹ̣p lòng Chúa về bên Ngài. Em tin anh ra đi trong sự hân hoan vì anh có một đức tin vửng chẵc và lòng phõ thãc nơi Chúa mà ít ngừơi có đứơc. Anh đã sỗng đời sỗng của một ngừơi Công Giáo không chỉ bằng lời nói mà bằng cả con tim, việc làm. Anh đả cho rất nhiều mà không cần phải nhận lại dù là một lời khen . Mẫt anh là̀ một mất mãt lớn không những chỉ riêng gia đinh̀ mà còn cho cả giáo xứ và rất nhiêù ngừơi khắp nơi. Anh đã để lại cho chị và các cháu sứ thương nhớ và̀ sự̣ tự hào về những gì anh đã làm. Em có thể hinh dung đựơc dáng điệu của anh, nụ cừơi và sự đùa cợt với lời nói này: sao phải khóc, tôi lên thiên đà̀̀̀ng theo Chúa mà. Chúa yêu tôi nhiều lắm nên Ngừơi mới chọn tôi đi trứơc và tôi sẻ đựơc gặp lại những người thân yêu đã ra đi trứơc tôi nữa, haỹ vui cùng tôi. Tôi đã sống với cả con tim và tôi đi trứơc dọn đường cho người thân yêu cuả tôi. Em tin anh sẽ luôn ở gần bên chị và các con các cháu qua những câu chuyện cười, những chuyệ̣̣n crazy anh đã làm để cùng nhau nhớ về anh. Em sẻ luôn cầu nguyện cho chị và các cháu. Em HƯƠNG

Hollie Karr Jul 02 ,2020

Coworker and friend ,Denver ,Colorado

Dear Nguyen family, I’m so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. Sincerely, Hollie Karr

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Church of the Holy Martyrs
Address:
7801 Paseo
City:
Kansas City
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64131
Date:
Jun 26 ,2020
Time:
6:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Church of the Holy Martyrs
Address:
7801 Paseo
City:
Kansas City
State:
Missouri
Zip Code:
64131
Date:
Jun 27 ,2020
Time:
10:00 AM
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