Shouchuan Sun, 80, passed away peacefully after a short illness on August 14, 2022 (August 15, 2022 in China) in Chicago, IL, USA.
Shouchuan was born in Laizhou, a quiet seashore village in Shandong, China. He spent most of his life in Harbin, a large city in northeast China. He was the fourth of the six sons of his parents, and had three half-sisters.
Shouchuan graduated from the prestigious No. 3 High School in Harbin, China.
He was not able to attend college due to family hardship and complicated
government policies at the difficult time in China, although he excelled
academically and in leadership through high school. Shouchuan had been a leader through his life. Extremely warm-hearted and with great integrity, he helped and touched many people’s lives in a big and meaningful way.
Shouchuan was a fighter, he faced many challenges and setbacks due to societal and unfortunate governmental policies during China’s great cultural revolution due to his wealthy family background, but he led a full and meaningful life. The illness hit him very hard both physically and mentally the last month of his life, it was extremely difficult and challenging with the language barrier and culture differences when he was in the hospital. He fought hard and bravely.
Shouchuan was intellectually curious, he researched and learned many disciplines across mechanics, literature, history, and governmental policies. He traveled extensively after retirement, intensively learned local culture and history.
Shouchuan was devoted to his family. He made many sacrifices personally for his family, was proud that he raised two successful children. He was a high-achiever and aspirational. His children learned from him as an example, they are who they are today because of their father. He encouraged his wife to be strong and live a happy life during his last days.
Shouchaun missed his hometown dearly, it was unfortunate that he was not able to return home due to the pandemic and related travel restrictions. His last wish was to be buried in Songhuajiang River, by where he spent most of his life, and in Bohai Sea, by where he was born. His daughter and son will take him home make his wish come true.
Shouchuan is survived by his wife, Yanfen Wang; children Clara Sun and Peng
Sun; three grandchildren, Amy Chen, Jonah Chen and Shengbo Sun; four brothers and three half-sisters, and many nieces and nephews.