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Ih - Ming Chuang

June 5, 1938 - March 12, 2017


Service Date: March 17, 2017

In Lieu of Flowers: In lieu of flowers if you wish, please make donations in his memory to his loving family

Obituaries » Ih - Ming Chuang

Brother Chuang finally went home to be with the Lord on 3/12 at 7:05 pm with his family by his side.

Mr. Ih-Ming Chuang was born on June 5, 1938, in Taipei, Taiwan. He was one of eight children and was the fifth sibling. After high school, he studied at a technical school. He worked at an import and export company, until he had to enlist in the army. There he did learn to speak conversational Japanese. In 1966, he married Mei-Chu Shyu and had two children, William and Janette. After the army, in 1974, he decided to immigrate to the United States of America. Brother Chuang’s first job was working as a chef in a Chinese restaurant in Ohio. He was so diligent that during his break time, he would run to the restroom and jot down the cooking notes on a notebook. When his wife Mei-Chu Chuang immigrated in 1976, they lived in South Brunswick, New Jersey. His eldest sister, Mei-Ching Lee, helped brother Ih-Ming, wife, and two children to immigrate to America. They had two children at that time. William was 8, and Janette was 5 1/2.

Brother Chuang was raised as a believer in the Lord as a young child. When he had to rely on God and exercise faith, he did it courageously. For example, when he tried to apply to his second job at Mt. Fuji located in West Orange, New Jersey, he boldly in faith went in and spoke Japanese as he applied for the job. He earnestly asked the Lord to provide, since now he had to provide for a family of four. There at Mt. Fuji, he learned to be a Hibachi Chef. He worked there for 9 years and was best renown as “Mr. So”, the Hibachi Chef. “So-San” means Mr. Chuang in Japanese.

In 1984, brother Chuang believed that opening a hibachi restaurant would be a profitable investment. In that year, he had opened Banzai Steak House in Denville, New Jersey, along with other business partners. In 1986, brother Chuang went into another business partnership and opened Tokyo Steak House in Somerville, New Jersey. At this restaurant, he learned to be a Sushi Chef. Brother Chuang was a very diligent and quick learner.

In 1992, brother Chuang was finally diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He was a constant fighter with this disease. He never gave up on life and really enjoyed his foods. He was independent with his Parkinson’s that all the grandchildren would have to keep a watchful eye on him. He was very stubborn and was determined to believe he could still do certain activities. In his mind, he believed he could move freely, but his body posed very strong limits. Many times it was very dangerous.

Through his Parkinson’s Disease, brother Chuang further opened Golden Sakura in Riverdale, New Jersey in 1988 with partners. He was an opportunist and continued to seek business investment. Around 1990, he partnered and opened Nara Japanese Restaurant in Morristown, New Jersey.

Brother Chuang is survived by his amazing and supportive family. His wife Mei-Chu, son William and wife Christine, daughter Janette and husband Robert, and daughter Jacklyn and husband Steve; there are six loving grandchildren, Jake, Michael, Gina, Samuel, Sarah, and Abigail. He is survived also by five sisters and one brother.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service at 9:30 am on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Par-Troy Funeral Home. 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany. Interment: Holy Rood Cemetery, Morristown. Visiting hours will be Friday morning from 8:00 – 9:30am at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers if you wish, please make donations in his memory to his loving family.