Trong Van Le, 76, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018, at home in Warrenton. He had been battling congestive heart failure and other ailments for several years. He died peacefully in bed, surrounded by family.
Trong was born in Vietnam and served as a boatswain’s mate in the Navy of the Republic of South Vietnam. He fought alongside American sailors and soldiers during the Vietnam War, but fled the country right before the fall of Saigon and escaped to the United States. Trong raised his family in Hawaii. He knew little English when he arrived, but he learned as much of the language as he could and worked hard to support his seven children. Trong loved music and enjoyed watching Vietnamese performing artists in his free time, both live and recorded. He swore like a sailor and was known for his sharp wit; he laughed a lot and passed his sarcastic sense of humor to his children.
He is survived by his wife, Hoa Thi Nguyen; his seven children, Tina Nga Vo-Le, Maggie Huynh, Tuan Le, Katherine Le-Lutz, Theresa Le, Lani Le and Dorothy Le; 25 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 7, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. Interment will be private.