Dung Van Nguyen of Wauwatosa, died on Monday, November 28, 2022 surrounded by his family at Crossroads Care Center of Pewaukee at the age of 80. He was born on March 9, 1942, in Vietnam, the son of Ru Van Nguyen and Khuou Thi Truong. On December 26, 1964 he married Kim Cuc Ngo in Vietnam. Dung began his life in Northern Vietnam and made his own way to the South at the age of 12 by plane. While in the South he lived in a group home for boys until he finished high school and later enlisted with the Southern Vietnamese Army, earning the final ranking of Major. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he was placed in labor camp (known as re-education camp) for nearly 8 years. The world was a drastically different place when he was released and rejoined his family. His remaining years in Vietnam were filled with hardship but he remained optimistic and ensured his family got chances to enjoy life, beyond the day to day struggle, through a sip of Coke and a bite of apple. He began the next chapter of life in the U.S.A. in 1990 and was fortunate to receive a liver transplant that gave him new life to enjoy watching his children grow in the land of opportunities. Throughout his life, Dung was guided by his strong faith, he could always be seen at Sunday Mass as the well dressed man with suspenders and hat. Many were drawn to him by his charisma, magnetic storytelling, humor, and generosity. Life was colorful for him even in the most trying of times, he found ways to appreciate life through music, woodworking, literature, and watching sports.
He will be sadly missed by his children Kimlinh Nguyen; Duy (Jamie Huynh) Nguyen and their children Ethan Long and Matthew Quang Nguyen; Quynh Anh (Vu Le) Nguyen and their son Nathan Minh Le; Vu (Van Tuong) Nguyen and their children Khôi Manh and Kha Manh Nguyen; Anh Tram (Dominick Ciauw) Anggara and their children Francis Duc, Michael Benedict, Paul Martin and Thomas Vincent Anggara; and AnhThu "Nikki" Nguyen. He is further survived by his sisters Canh Nguyen, Tho Nguyen, Hoa Nguyen, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until the 7:00 p.m. family eulogy at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. Visitation continues on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral Mass. Burial will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 2705 Regent St., Madison, WI 53705 at 12:00 p.m., please meet at the cemetery office. Memorials to the charity of donor’s choice.