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Hanying Xu

Hanying Xu

Hanying Xu, 51, of Grand Forks, ND left this world peacefully on July 16th, 2014 at his home after a three-year courageous battle with brain cancer. He left while listening to holy hymns and holding his beloved wifes hand and surrounded by his son, daughter-in-law, brother and sisters, brother-in-law, and friends from the Grand Forks Chinese Bible Study group.

Hanying was born October 21st, 1962, in Shangdong, China, the son of Diansun Xu and Daiying Tao. He attended Jilin University in China in 1980 where he met his wife, Xiaojun (Julia) Zhao and was married in 1986. Hanying moved to the US in summer of 2004 and became the Director of the Environmental Analytical Research Laboratory at the School of Engineering and Mines at UND.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hiking, gardening, and traveling. He especially enjoyed visiting national parks. He was also an active member at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Forks and a leader in the Chinese Bible Study Group. He has had an enormous impact in the local Chinese community through selfless and tireless support and services. Hanying will be missed by all of his extended family, friends, and the Chinese Community.

Hanying is survived by his wife, Xiaojun (Julia) Zhao; his son, Ke Xu, and daughter-in-law, Jingjing (Jenny) Chen; his parents; and two brothers, two sisters and their children.

Memorials can be directed to either the University of North Dakota Foundation, 3501 University Ave. Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202 (with "Hanying Xu International Spirit Scholarship Endowment" in the memo line) or the Mayo Clinic at Rochester for brain cancer research.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, July 19th at the Faith Evangelical Free Church at Grand Forks. Visitation will be held for 45 minutes prior to the start of the service at the church. A remembrance ceremony called Hanyings Last Testimony will be held at the Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel on UND campus at 6pm.

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