Fred Ho

   Ho, Fred Chung-man 74, Eden Prairie, MN, died Jan. 7, 2023 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. A celebration of life will be held Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis.

  Born and raised in Hong Kong, Fred came to the U.S. in 1970 to attend the University of Hawaii, receiving a BS in biology. He proceeded to Iowa State University, earning a masters and doctorate in statistics and industrial engineering. There he met Martha Cox of Belmond and they have been happily married since 1983.

  After teaching statistics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, he joined GE Nuclear/Keane Consulting in San Jose, CA before settling in the Twin Cities in 1995.

  Fred was a devoted husband and father, preparing the most wonderful meals for family and friends, and pursuing artistic interests such as painting, woodworking, and playing and building guitars for his wife and each of his children. An avid traveler, Fred enjoyed exploring the globe with his family, holding the conviction that meeting people from different walks of life inspires greater peace and understanding.

  In the Twin Cities, Fred rekindled his dedication to TaiChi, as a student and instructor in the Tilopa TaiChi program. Proud to become a U.S. citizen, it was Fred’s great honor to serve our country by creating and teaching a TaiChi program as a volunteer with the Minneapolis Veterans Administration. Fred was known for his warmth, generosity, and sense of humor as he embraced a global community of TaiChi practitioners.

  Fred is survived by his wife Martha Cox Ho, MD; children Matthew Wendell Ho, Kristin Eileen Ho (Drew Wilson), and Marc Luin Ho; siblings Michael, Yuk Ling, Jadie (Werner), Margaret, Agnes, Fabian (Liza), Alice (John) and Irene; siblings-in-law Lucinda, Bob (Julie) and Jim (Karen): and step-siblings-in-law Carol (Dave), Bruce and Scott.

  He was preceded in death by his parents Tse Fung Kwan and Ho Tack; parents-in-law Mary Jane Cox Campbell, Luin Cox and Robert Campbell; sister Joan Ip; siblings-in-law George Ip, Lee Mei Hung, Joseph Lee, Sung Hoi Ling, Patrick Chan, Mary Lu Olson and Ron Olson; nephew Ip Chi-Wai; and niece Andrea Cox Allen.

  Fred found and created joy everywhere he went and in everything he did. He will be dearly missed by all who crossed his path. In spirit and in practice, Fred embodied his parting message, “Life is beautiful.”