Born: September 13, 1949
Died: August 24, 2014
Henry Louie died Sunday, August 24, three weeks shy of his 65th birthday, of stomach cancer. Henry was born in San Francisco on September 13, 1949, to parents Soon Kap and Youla Louie, the third of seven siblings. His father came to California from China in 1939, and his mother and oldest sister, Eva, followed 10 years later.
His father and mother did whatever they could to support their family, his father working in corner grocery stores and as a laborer with the San Francisco Housing Authority, his mother as a seamstress. Henry himself started working at age 10 as a newspaper delivery boy in downtown San Francisco. With his parents both working long hours, he started cooking for the family at an early age, a skill he continued into his married life. He was always good at improvising and could make anything taste good, with whatever was on hand.
After the family relocated to Texas from 1954 to 1960, they returned to San Francisco in 1960 where Henry graduated from George Washington High School. Henry put himself through college working at Wells Fargo Bank, graduating from San Francisco State University. He went on to receive a Master's Degree in Medical Technology at CSU Dominguez Hills, and became a Clinical Lab Scientist.
His first job as a Med Tech was at Lancaster Community Hospital, where he met his future wife, Sandra Bieber Louie, also a CLS. For most of their working lives, Henry and Sandy worked together as a team in the same laboratory, including 25 years at Shasta Regional Medical Center, where Henry's meticulous work ethic and dedication to excellence led to his being named Employee of the Year.
A truly gifted lab scientist, and known for his wry sense of humor, Henry also enjoyed fishing and golf, was a passionate 49er and Giants fan, and was a skilled craftsman, designing and building furniture and cabinets. He lived for his family, and delighted in their pursuits, including daughter Jennifer's talent as a dancer and subsequent career in finance, and son Adam's musical abilities and amazing skill as a photographer.
Henry leaves his wife Sandy, son Adam of Redding, daughter Jennifer and her partner Wayne Richards and grandson Jaden Richards of Los Angeles, and siblings Eva, Calvin, Jeannie, Eleanor, Brian and Susan, and their spouses, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Allen & Dahl Mortuary, 2655 Eureka Way, Redding, CA 96001.
It is the family's wish that any donations honoring Henry be sent to the Louie Family Memorial Fund, 1095 Hilltop Drive, Box 261, Redding, CA 96003, to benefit a young mother of three currently battling cancer.
Please sign the guestbook.
Arrangements handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).