Yu-Cho Yen, 91, of 2351 Wheatland Ave., died Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Yu-Cho and his wife, Yu-Chun Chen, were married for 56 years.
Yu-Cho was a member of the Hanmaum Korean Presbyterian Church, Cogan Station. He loved gardening, cooking, playing Mahjong, watching Chinese opera, and being with friends and family.
Yu-Cho was born in China on Feb. 12, 1921. In 1968, he was invited to the United States to work as the personal chef for the Chinese ambassador to Taiwan. Because Mr. Yen was such a good cook, the ambassador sent him to Williamsport to cook for the Taiwan Little League Team. Mr. Yen liked Williamsport so much that he moved his family here in 1972 and opened the first Chinese restaurant in the area, the Yen King Restaurant. The restaurant is now run by his son and daughter-in-law, Mong and Yong Yen.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons, Chin-Ting (Sulien) Yen of Bloomsburg, Raymond (Mindy) Yen of Orlando, Fla., and Mong-Chu (Yong) Yen of Williamsport; daughter, Gina (Steve) Myers of Dover; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters in China.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, at Knight-Confer's, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Nam G. Roh officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hanmaum Korean Presbyterian Church, 656 W. Creek Road, P.O. Box 310, Cogan Station, PA 17728.