June 6, 1925 July 21, 2018 It is with great sadness that the family of Yuan-Fu (Peter) Kuo, 93, of Roanoke, announces his peaceful passing on July 21, 2018. Yuan-Fu was born on June 6, 1925, in Honan, China. From a background of limited means, he struggled and surpassed many hardships to pursue an education from Taiwan Normal University. In 1961, he earned a Master's degree at Gallaudet University for the deaf in Washington, DC. Thereafter, he was blessed with this country's freedoms and opportunities, which allows those willing to work hard to better their lives. In 1966, he married Li-Tzu (Lily), and in 1972, he moved with his young family to Roanoke, Virginia. He established Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, pioneering Chinese food in the Valley. He was extremely proud of his self-made business with his wife as partner and being part of the Roanoke community. During retirement, Peter spent his time gardening, fixing cars, and watching his grandchildren develop. He is survived by his spouse of 52 years, Lily; his daughters, Ellen Kuo and Elsa (Ken) Malcolm; and two grandsons, Kai and Reed Malcolm. The family expresses sincere thanks to Heartland Hospice Care for their compassionate support, especially to Deborah Hart and Melissa Dooley. Condolences for the family may be left at Simpson Funeral Home and Crematory or by visiting www.simpsonfuneral.com. There will be no visitation or funeral service. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home & Crematory, 540-366-0707.
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