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Vinh Van Pham

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Vinh Van Pham (94) of Urbandale, Iowa passed away on Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family.

Vinh was born in Vietnam on February 22nd, 1927. He was married to Tu Trinh and together they had 5 children. In Vietnam, Vinh was a solider in the Vietnamese army. In 1975, he came to the United States with his family where they resided in Des Moines for the past 44 years.

Vinh was instrumental in raising his grandchildren. He loved to garden, tend to his fish and birds, work on puzzles and cook. He also loved watching basketball and football, especially when it came to cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. He found the most joy in spending time with his family.


He is survived by his children, Lai Thai Pham (Loan Nguyen), Lan Thi Pham, Loan Hillsten, five grandchildren, Ly Pavin (Corey), Linh Westman (Brent), Trinh Nguyen, Tony Nguyen, and Taylor Hillsten, and seven great grandchildren, Olivia, Alexis, Blake, Aidan, Arie, Bryce, and Declan. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Tu Thi Trinh, his daughter, Le Thi Nguyen, and his son, Thuy Van Pham.

A private family ceremony will be held on Friday, August 28th at Merle Hay Funeral Home.