Kent grew up in war-torn China, moving from his hometown to Chongqing, to Nanjing, then to Shanghai. In 1949, Kent left China by boat for Taiwan before China’s borders were closed. Kent married Amy Chen 陳亞梅 on August 15, 1961 in Taipei and subsequently had three daughters.
Kent had an accomplished career working for the United States Embassy in Taiwan as the Logistics Manager. In 1980, he relocated his family to the United States. He owned and operated a successful Chinese restaurant in Kansas City for 10 years. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather; and an avid tennis and golf player.
Kent was preceded in death by both parents, and three siblings: a brother, XuDong Hsiung; and two sisters: YouLian Hsiung and YongChun Hsiung. Kent is survived by his wife, Amy Hsiung; three daughters: Angela Hsiung Dahl 熊安祺 (Russell) of Overland Park, KS; Connie Hsiung 熊嘉祺 of Parkville, MO; and Stephanie Hsiung Grauer 熊芳祺 (Brian) of Parkville, MO; and three grandchildren: Ryan, Andrea, and Andrew.
A private funeral was held February 21, 2016 at the Meyers Northland Chapel to celebrate the life of Kent Hsiung. Memories of Kent and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com
Our Father Our Hero
a tribute from the daughters
Our father is our hero. He escaped the war in China to seek freedom in Taiwan before the borders were closed, starting a new life alone with no money.
Our father was a self-starter who woke up at 5 am every morning and taught himself the English language by reading newspapers and listening to radio programs. He was a visionary. He worked his way up at the U.S. Embassy in Taiwan and eventually managed logistics. He was trusted and was put in charge of the arrangements for two American Presidential visits. At the height of his career, our father moved his family to the U.S. because he believed that was the best gift he could give to his children – a world-class education.
Our father was a kind gentleman who forgave the debts of friends in need. He was focused, efficient, did not procrastinate and did not sit still. But when his work was done he had fun. He taught himself to play golf and shot a hole-in-one on a Championship Golf course. He accomplished much and enjoyed life.
From our father we have learned to lead life with vision and purpose. He taught us to persevere, to be fiercely determined and to stand on our own merit. We learned to forgive and take the high road in challenging times while never compromising personal integrity and work ethic. He did not scold, preach or complain yet his actions spoke loud and clear and that inspired us all.