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Mr. Christopher Khai Fu Chan

Mr. Christopher Khai Fu Chan
  • May 19, 1948 - November 25, 2019
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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Christopher Khai Fu Chan, age 71, of Battle Creek passed away Monday evening, November 25, 2019 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. On May 19, 1948 - Christopher Khai Fu Chan was born in northwestern Burma (Myanmar), in a hillside village called Falam. Khai Fu was the fifth child born to Hlun Thaan Chen and Hluai Yin Lee. His siblings were Khai Ming, Khai Liang, Hlui Moy, and Hlui Len. After losing his mother at age 3, his father remarried to Hliu Ying Lee and they were blessed with eight more children – Khai Hing, Khai Sing, Hlui Mie, Khai Thiang, Hlui Fong, Than Than Nwe, Than Than Khine, and Khai Ving.

At 8 years young, Khai Fu suffered from a heart condition that made him miss one year of schooling. Nevertheless, he continued his primary education and later joined his eldest brother, Khai Ming and wife Jessie, in Rangoon to complete high school. Khai Fu had a passion and endless curiosity for technology. He wanted to attend trade school but Khai Ming and Jessie encouraged him to pursue a bachelor's degree. He studied for two years at a university in Mandalay and finished his bachelor's in Rangoon.

In his early career, Khai Fu started a small business in a Rangoon market fixing radios and electronics. This time in his life, he met some of his lifelong friends. In the 80s, it was popular for young men to become sailors and go off to sea. So Khai Fu set sail on his next adventure to work in radio communications on a ship based out of Singapore.

In 1985, Chris was ready to find love and start a family. After a year of corresponding through letters, he moved his life to the United States to marry a beautiful and intelligent woman, Linda York Eng Kyan. They settled down in Chicago and had three lovely children – Victoria, Jeffrey, and Stephanie.

In the 90s, while working full time and raising a family, Chris earned another bachelor's degree at DeVry University. He was an entrepreneur and believed in working for himself. He started his own business called VidCam, Inc., renting and operating video and audio equipment all over Chicago. In 1999, after years of struggling with breast cancer, his wife passed away. Chris sacrificed everything to raise his three young children on his own and to be able to provide them with every opportunity in life he never had. He took them all over Burma to meet his parents, brothers, sisters, extended relatives, and old friends; instilling in them the value of family and community.

As his children grew up and moved away to start their own lives, Chris carried on working various jobs and ended up remarrying in 2011 to Mya Mya Lwin. He retired from his job at MBM Jewelry Co. and decided to join his Chin family in Battle Creek, Michigan in 2016. Here he thrived with the First Baptist Church community and reconnected with his old friend, Pastor David Laisum. Chris felt a renewed sense of purpose dedicating his time and skills to the church.

In his final year, Chris suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a fall, yet miraculously, he fully recovered. He was able to make it out to Las Vegas to see his son get married. His temporary home at the Heritage Assisted Living provided Chris with new friends and fun activities to pass the time. Throughout his life, Chris struggled with heart problems and diabetes. On November 25th, 2019, he was called to his final Home and resting place where he had been dreaming of all his life, free of suffering and pain. He was surrounded by his children and family until his last breath.

A visitation will be held 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Friday, November 29, 2019 at the First Baptist Church 80 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek where services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.