Charles Bich Nguyen, age 90, of Newark, California, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014. Charles was a Vietnamese refugee who came to the United States in 1975 after the fall of Saigon, South Vietnam. He served for many years in the French Military throughout different regions in South Vietnam. After the French military withdrew from South Vietnam in 1954, Charles transferred to the South Vietnam law enforcement & served his last post as a Police Chief of the 2nd District and retired in 1971. Since coming to America, Charles had worked hard to support his large family doing whatever employment he could find.
Charles enjoyed reading, traveling & playing slot machines at the casinos whenever the children took him. He was a good husband, a great father, loving grandfather, and doting great-grandfather. He was a kind and generous person, who gave time and money to charitable causes. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Nancy; 5 daughters: Linda Tuttle (husband Allen Tuttle) of Pickerington, Ohio; Tiffany Nguyen of Las Vegas, Nevada; Vivian Buu (husband Vinh Buu) of Huntington Beach, California; Mai Tram Johnson (husband John Chea) of Fremont, California; and Leslie Nguyen (husband Jimmy Tong Nguyen) of Las Vegas, Nevada; 5 sons: Kevin Nguyen of Huntington Beach, California; Bac Nguyen (wife Kim Bang) of Newark, California; Stephen Nguyen of Santa Clara, California; Kenneth Nguyen (husband Richard White) of Plainfield, New Hampshire; Ryan Nguyen (wife Bich Van) of Fremont, California; 14 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Charles lived a full life before he succumbed to illnesses & was hospitalized for the last 2 years. He will be missed by his family and by all who knew him.
A funeral service for Charles will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Lima Family Milpitas Fremont Mortuary located at 48800 Warm Springs Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94539; telephone (408) 263-2868. Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Viewing will be on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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