Obituary for Dec. 2, 2016

• Merlin ‘Sonny’ Hook Young Ching

Merlin ‘Sonny’ Hook Young Ching

Merlin “Sonny” Hook Young Ching (Kumu Ching) of Kapaa passed away in Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Nov. 25, 2016, at the age of 85. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 19, 1931, a Veteran of the United States Navy, he retired as a teacher with Department of Education, State of Hawaii.

Preceded in death by his son, Randolph “Randy” Ching.

Sonny is survived by: two daughters, Christine Haunani Horio, Dione Hulen; one son, David Kalakaua Ching; life partner, Corinne Christensen of Kapaa; 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 4 great great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held privately on Kauai.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Ching family with arrangements.

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