Y. Yoh Rahlan
Y. Yoh Rahlan
  • March 27, 1950 - October 9, 2017
  • Wake Forest, North Carolina

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Y Yoh Rahlan, 67, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the home of his daughter Hluen Siu (Bun) in Raleigh. He was born on March 27, 1950 in Vietnam. His time in Vietnam was very short. He fled Vietnam for the security of his family in 1975 to the jungles of Cambodia. He joined the group (FURLO), a French acronym for the United Liberation Front for the Oppressed Races, a group that Montagnards banded together politically, forming a movement to resist Vietnamese settlement in the highlands.

In 1992, he and his family were the second group of Montagnards that were granted asylum in the United States and were resettled in North Carolina, particularly in Charlotte, Greensboro & Raleigh. He worked at Transformers in the RDU area as a painter, and took retirement in 2015.

The opportunity to come to American was life changing. He had a chance to give his family a better life. He was a devoted husband, father & grandfather. He wed his wife in 1972 in Plei Sop, Vietnam. They have been married for 47 years. He loved his family dearly. They were his world. He lived for his children, but his grandchildren were his life. He would move mountains for them. He was kind, gentle, loving and an all around great man. He was a generous man. He would give you the shirt off his back without hesitation.

He loved his culture, and was very involved in the Montagnard community. You could find him at every family function , event and gathering. He wore his Montagnard attire with pride. He also accepted Christ at a early age and was baptized in the jungle of Cambodia. He was a member of the First Montagnard Alliance Church, in Raleigh, NC. He preached about faith and family and how they go hand and hand. When everything else in life may go wrong, your faith and family will always stay strong.

He had so much love for everyone, his presence spoke volumes. His smile was contagious, it would brighten any room. In his spare time he enjoyed playing the guitar while singing hymns. But, mostly he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. His faith was strong, his family was big, he was truly blessed.

He is survived by his Wife: H Em Siu; Eight Children: Tiu Siu (Hai Racom ), YDuen Siu, HLuen Siu (Bun Siu), HNuen Siu, Leah (Hiu), Ksor (Boan Ksor), HNer Siu Mann (Jevel Mann), YHor Siu, and YSolai Siu. He was preceded in death by his sons; Pon Siu, Ysoli Siu (1992).

Also surviving are: Eleven Grandchildren: YSurya Siu, Devon Ksor, YManuel Siu, Kelsey Ksor, Hmena Siu, Joshua Siu, Jenny Siu, H'Ayleah Mann, William Jevel Mann JR, Raymon Siu, Brandon Siu; Father/Mother In-Law: Yo Rmah and Hpip Siu; Sister- In -Law: Hun Siu (Phan Kpa); Brother-In-Law: Ynun Siu;
Nieces: Hmeng Siu, Hnuan Siu Lewis (Derrick Lewis), Hniem Siu, Hmiley, Hmaya and Hmila Lewis; Nephews: Akembo Siu, Derrick Lewis JR, Landon Lewis;
And other family and friends.

Family will receive friends on Sunday morning, October 15, 2017 from 9-12:30 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home (7209 Glenwood Avenue). Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2 pm at North Ridge Alliance Church (7601 Falls of Neuse Road), with burial to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.