David Edward Shong, age 48 of Augusta, WI, passed away unexpectedly at home 8-23-2018 at 2:30 am. A bilateral pulmonary embolism (blood clot) caused his death.He was born 9-20-1969 in Shakopee, MN, son of Don and Judy (Shong) DeShong. David grew up in Augusta and graduated from Augusta High School in 1988. He attended University at Eau Claire, WI.He joined the Army in 1990 first as a combat engineer and then as a food specialist to be stationed in Germany. After 1 week in Germany, he was sent to Saudi Arabia as the First Golf War started. He earned many medals. David was very patriotic even though he suffered from PTSD. David was always ready to help others. Years ago he told Dayna, his sister, how he met a homeless man in Eau Claire and drove him back to St. Paul because it was easier for the man in the Cities. David only had $20 in his pocket, no credit cards, and gave this man his last $20. He thoroughly enjoyed all the wildlife around our rural home. He would feed ground squirrels out of his hand and be just a few feet from birds, foxes, deer and other critters. Before the Gulf War he enjoyed hunting everything from blue jays to deer, but afterwards he did not want to kill anything.David was preceded in death by his grandparents Nick and Esther Shong and Adolph and Florence Minert and Aunt JoAnne and Uncle Paul Ponthan.
He leaves behind those to celebrate his memory: his parents, sisters Dayna Shong, Roseville, MN; Dawna Warren (Gary), Normal IL, uncles and aunts: Wally (Garnet) Shong Eau Claire, WI, Cora Marie Shafer, Fall Creek, WI; Richard Shong (Kathy) Fairchild, WI; David Shong (Elaine) Augusta, WI; Archie Shong, Fairchild, WI; John Shong, Fairchild, WI; Ernie (Jo) Minert, Farmington, NM; Janet (Gary) Hatle, Farmington, MN; and many cousins and friends, especially Dan and Kathy Douglas.
David accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and had a strong faith in God. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Fall Creek, Wisconsin Sunday, August 26 at 2:00 PM. One hour prior to the Services will be visitation.
Burial will be at Saint John’s Hay Creek Cemetery, rural Augusta, WI.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com