Daniel H.T. Yuan, 84, a retired Taiwanese air force officer and retired manager of his daughter's Chinese restaurant in the McKinley Mall, died Thursday (Sept. 9, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness.
He retired as a colonel in the air force of Taiwan in 1978 and from the family business, Manchu Wok Chinese Fast Food Restaurant, in 1990.
Born in Hupei, China, he was a 1936 graduate of the Chinese Air Force Academy.
After flight training, he flew fighter planes against the Japanese during World War II.
After the war, he remained in the air force and moved to Taiwan in 1949 after the Communist takeover of mainland China.
He trained many cadets later in his career. When he retired from the air force in 1976, he moved to Buffalo.
In 1978, he joined Lake Forest Art Gallery on Main Street and served as its manager.
In 1985, he helped his daughter Anna open and operate the fast food restaurant in McKinley Mall and served as its manager until 1990.
He became an employee trainer because of his love for teaching and leadership, which he learned in the military.
In 1990, he retired from the restaurant because of ill health.
He was a member of Buffalo Chinese Christian Church, which serves the Chinese-American community in Western New York and aids the many Chinese students who study at area universities and colleges.
As a trustee, he helped acquire a new building and saw the church membership grow to more than 150.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Amherst; two daughters, Anna Lau of Amherst and Eileen Shen of Taipei, Taiwan; two sons, Charles of Houston and Thomas of Los Angeles; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 7:30 a.m. Friday for burial in Forest Lawn.