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Michael Takong Wu

1929 - 2023 _____________ Shaker Heights, OH

Michael Takong Wu

Michael T. Wu passed away on August 10, 2023 in his home. He was born Ta Kang Wu (吳大康) in Hangzhou, China in 1929, the second son of Tao Yi Wu (吳道頤) and Tse Su Ni (倪則淑). He grew up in Shanghai and Weihai, ShanDong Province, before moving with his family to Taiwan in 1949. He entered National Taiwan University that same year, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1953. After serving as an officer in the Taiwan Naval Reserve he came to the USA for his graduate education. He earned a MS degree in engineering from Oregon State University, followed by a second engineering MS from Northwestern University in 1960.

Michael began his career in 1961 in Chicago, IL at Western Electric, followed by Teletype before joining General Electric, where he worked for 28 years, first with the Plastics Division in Pittsfield, MA in 1966, and then the Lamp Division in Cleveland, OH in 1968. He retired in 1994.

Michael and Sofia Law were married in 1964 and the couple had two sons, Douglas and Andrew. Michael enjoyed reading history, religion, current events and advances in physics, as well as non-fiction and cookbooks. He loved to work with his hands, constructing several pieces of furniture for the home, among other projects. He was a member of the Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church.

Michael is survived by his wife, Sofia L. Wu, sons Douglas and Andrew Wu, brothers Ta Chen Wu (吳大誠) and Francis Wu(吳大銘), and his sister, Helen Tseng (吳斐英), among numerous other relatives.

The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to Cleveland Clinic Hospice, 6801 Brecksville Rd, Suite 10, Independence, OH 44131 (

A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on Friday, August 25 at Brown-Forward Funeral Home, 17022 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Hts, OH. 

Friends may view the service virtually by clicking the link below on the date and time of the service or therein after.

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