Suy Ha Dinh passed away in Des Moines, IA on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the age of 86.
The son of Luc Ha Dinh and Hoan (Tang) Ha Thi, Suy was born on July 4, 1930 in Muong Lo Nghia Lo, Vietnam. He enlisted in the French military at age 18 and served in the First Indochina War. After being injured in combat, he retired from the military in 1955 and relocated to Louang Prabang, Laos. There Suy met the love of his life, Hom Lu Thi, and got married in Ban Som Puoi in 1956.
Soon after being wed, Suy and Hom moved to Vientiane where they raised their nine children. In 1974, they escaped Vientiane for Thailand and in November of 1975, the family of 11 arrived in the United States. Suy’s family was sponsored by the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Newton, IA where they began living the American dream. After four years in Newton, Suy and family settled in Des Moines, IA. Suy was employed at the American Can Company.
Suy is known for being a man of very few words. He enjoyed watching WWF and football on television and he loved spending free time with his large family.
Along with his wife, Hom, Suy is survived by his son Khan (Sanith) Lovong; eight daughters, Fo (Jean Guy) Casenaz, Phong (Khoun) Lovan, Yong (SengNgeun) Lovan, Vong (Nam) Nguyen, Sone (Phanh) Cavan, Mone Ha Thi, Pody (Peter) Sayasit, Lachoy (Edward) Thompson; 24 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; many relatives and several friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.