Thu Xuan Nguyen
Thu Xuan Nguyen
  • December 20, 1939 - January 4, 2018
  • Huber Heights, Ohio

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Thu Xuan Nguyen, 79, of Dayton, OH passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 0:03 am. Thu was born in Hai Duong, Vietnam on December 20, 1939. Mr. Nguyen was a military officer during the French Indochina conflict and family oriented, loving husband, and a man of faith. Thu along with his wife, Muoi, raised eleven loving children. After the Vietnam War, four of his children came to the United States in 1982 while Thu remained behind to ensure the rest of family could escape the communism state in 1993 by cutting bamboo trees as a new way of living since communism took over the country and South Vietnam soldiers were labeled as collaborators with the United States. Although blinded from an accident cutting bamboo trees and ultimately diabetes, it did not stop Thu from doing what he loved most; traveling back to Vietnam seeing his homeland, daily gardening in the back of his yard but mostly caring for his children and grandchildren everyday through his cooking so they could focus on school, work and raising their families. Throughout his life, Thu sacrificed so his children could live by obtaining a good education and lifetime of opportunities under the newfound freedom of the United States.

Thu was preceded in death by his son, Manh Nguyen. He is survived by his wife, Muoi Vu; children from eldest to youngest: Dong Nguyen, Lien Nguyen, Nam Nguyen, Kim-Anh Nguyen, Bac Nguyen, Phuong Nguyen, Duong Nguyen, Anh Nguyen, Hong Nguyen and Hanh Nguyen. Mr. Nguyen also leaves behind 17 grandchildren and two (2) great-grandchildren to cherish his memories.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 217 W. Fourth St., Dayton, OH 45402.

Visitation for Mr. Nguyen will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, OH; (937) 427-1361. A Catholic mass will be held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, January 8, 2018, at Sacred Heart Church, 217 W. Fourth St., Dayton, OH. His remains will be cremated to be returned to his hometown in Vietnam for the Rite of Committal.