Sher Yang

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sher Yang was born on Aug. 8, 1950, in Bongna Laos. He has five brothers and six sisters. In 1961, he moved to Long Cheng, Laos, to finish high school. In 1967, he completed high school and went to continue his education in Udon, Thailand. While learning English in Thailand, he was one out of 70 students that the Americans drafted as a CIA First Operative working for the late General Vang Pao for the Secret War. In 1969, he returned to Laos as a First Operative. He was in charge of giving exact locations for bomber planes to drop bombs using text, radar, and radio controls. After the war, in 1975, he left Laos and went to Nong Khai, Thailand and met up with Yang Lue and Jerry Daniels at the refugee camp. He worked for the Americans in the refugee camps for five months.

In February 1976, he finally immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, Ill. As he settled in the States, he worked in various factories while translating and interpreting on the side to help other Hmong families settle in the U.S. In 1981, he moved to Sheboygan, Wis., and for 11 years, he drove a forklift for Wigwam Mills. In 1992, he decided to work for himself as a truck driver and went back and forth to Chicago and other parts of the United States. On Dec. 6, 2013, he passed away.

Sher is preceded in death by his biological father, brothers: Lee Yang and Ying Yang, and sisters: Cha Yang, Mai Chong Yang, and Houa Yang.

Survivors include: his parents, Yong Xeng Yang and Yer Chang, of Sheboygan, Wis.; brother, Cha Kong and Xoua C. Yang, of Stark City, and brother, Leng Yang and Ge Moua, of Sheboygan, Wis.; and sisters, Sheng Yang and Wa Thai Xiong, Tia Yang and Lao Vue, and Chai Yang and Koua Thao (Laos).Services were held from 8 a.m. Dec. 21 until Dec. 23, in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Burial was Monday at Dice Cemetery, Fairview.