“Live with passion”
Samuel Ding, AKA “Uncle Sam”, 86, passed away on December 9, 2022. He was a resident of Mount Prospect, IL for 54 years and was formerly living in Atlanta, GA where he finished his graduate degree in Electric Engineering at Georgia Tech University. He was a systems engineer for the telecommunications industry for 27 years followed by serving in the plumbing department at Home Depot as his retirement job.
Sam was born in January 1936 to George and Grace Ding in Shan Dong, China. In 1966 he married Lucy in Princeton, NJ.
Uncle Sam’s heart was for children. This was made evident when he attended the World Clown Association Camp in La Crosse, WI (a 60th birthday gift from his daughters). There, he learned the art of gospel balloons that started his passion to bring joy to children all over the world. He traveled from the Navajo Indian Reservations in AZ to the plains of Kenya, Africa to the slums of Rio de Janeiro Brazil and the marketplaces in Romania; twisting balloons into animals and images to weave stories of Christ’s love to children worldwide. While he was a member of the Chinese Christian Fellowship Church in Wilmette, IL, he was also a part of various Chinese churches in the greater Chicago-land area and in Colorado Springs, CO where he spent the last 6 years of his life. He also loved photography and construction. When he was younger, he developed his own stunning black and white photos in which his main subject was his wife. Sam could also build anything he put his mind to and constructed 1200 sqft of his Mount Prospect home from the ground up. Notwithstanding the above, the most wonderful attribute of Uncle Sam was his humility. He had a true servant’s heart and denied himself most worldly comforts for the sake of others.
He is survived his children: Monica Ding & Paula Tracy; his siblings: Johnny Ting & David Ding and his grandchildren: Amalia & Andrew Tracy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Ding.
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