Herbert Yun Wong, D.D.S.
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February 19, 1931 to September 5, 2012
Dr. Herbert Wong passed away at a local hospital after a brief illness; his good friend, Tina Ramos, was at his side. Herb was born in Stockton, CA and graduated from Oakland Technical High School with honors. Herb was proud of his military service as a U.S. Marine. After the Marine Corps, he graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1958 and then McGill University School of Dentistry in Montreal, Quebec in 1962. Herb enjoyed his fifty years of dentistry in Los Angeles. Herb still maintained an active practice up until his untimely passing. He was looking forward to visiting and reminiscing with his many friends during his fiftieth class reunion. Herb was well known for his kind ways and generous philanthropy towards the many charities he supported which included: meals for the homeless, the Serra Project and helping patients suffering from AIDS. Herb was a humanitarian that sought to promote the conditions of others in need. Herb could often be found at convalescent homes providing free dental care for his patients. Additionally, because of his love of animals, he also supported many organizations that required animal dentistry. As a practicing dentist, Herb very often did not require payment from his patients if they could not afford to pay or were without insurance. Herb enjoyed all sports and loved to play basketball and tennis. He was a staff member for many boxing organizations and coached a state-winning basketball team while volunteering at the YMCA. Herb is preceded in death by his father George Wong, brother Stanley Wong and mother Lillie Joe. He is survived by his brother, Ken Wong (Noreen); sisters, Elizabeth Chung and Beverly Lum (Reynold); half-brother Wellington Joe (Sue); and half-sister Sylvia Paxson (Dennis). He leaves behind ten nieces, five nephews, ten great-nephews, five great-nieces and 2 very special cats named Smoke and Lillie. He will be remembered as a loving brother and caring uncle to his many nieces and nephews and will be missed by his many friends, patients and colleagues. His interment was private. A "Celebration of Life" is being planned for family and close friends per his wishes. Donations to organizations for the care of animals can be made in his memory; Herb would have liked that. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 7, 2012