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Nakhonkham Bouphanouvong

July 28, 1927 — January 5, 2022

Nakhonkham Bouphanouvong

July 28, 1927 - January 5, 2022

Nakhonkham Bouphanouvong 94 passed away peacefully at his home in Kansas City MO, on January 5, 2022. He was preceded in death by mother Pusadi Bouphanouvong and dad Gangchan Bouphanouovng. In 1962, he married his wife, Banthao Bouphanouvong and they have been happily married for 60 years. Together, they have 6 children, 18 grandkids and 15 great grandkids. He is survived by his wife Banthao Bouphanouvong, his brother Khampane Bouphanouvong of Montreal Canada, his son Nakhonthong Bouphanouvong of Olathe Kansas and wife Doris Yip and children Miranda, Yolanda, Nakhonphet Bouphanouvong, Cassandra Carpenter and Richard Bouphanouvong, his daughter Chanthana Bouphanouvong of Monterey CA and husband Steve Kim, his son Nakhonkeo of Raymore Mo and wife Laura Tran, children Nicholas Bouphanouvong and Rose Hernandez, his daughter Melissa Nicholas of Overland Park KS and children Mya and Kayla, his daughter Sousada Bouphanouvong of Liberty MO and children Taylor Pilsl, Patrick Pilsl and Allison Pilsl and youngest son Nakhonphet Bouphanouvong of Kansas City MO and wife Reth children Mealee, Sophia, Logan, Genie and Samantha Bouphanouvong.

Nakhonkham was born in Xepone Laos in 1927. As a boy, he was educated in several towns of southern Laos before moving to the capital city of Vientiane with hopes of completing his studies. His planes were interrupted by World War II and then a revolution in Laos that lasted for over thirty years. Soon after WWII, he joined the Lao Issara movement and took to the forests to resist the French occupation of Laos. Throughout the 1950’s as the Lao Issara became increasingly connected to the communist insurgency then building throughout Indochina, he became dissatisfied with the movement. By the early 1960’s, he had joined the ill-fated Neutralist faction in Laos and with his demise later in the decade, ultimately found himself back in Vientiane working for the Royal Lao Government. Nakhonkham worked for the most part of his thirty-year period of upheaval as a writer and editor and eventually ended up as a Police Colonel in Vientiane. With the 1975 Communist victory, he was incarcerated for the next sixteen years in a series of Misery camp where he suffered through hard labor, physical and mental torture. After his release in 1991, he finally joined his family in the United States of America in February 1992. His wife, Banthao introduced him to the Lord of Jesus and within 6 months, he was baptized at the Laotian Baptist Church in Independence Ave, MO on August 30, 1992.

He dedicated his entire life to support his country of Laos in various capacities as the member of Lao Issara, police captain, military general, author, song writer and a journalist for the Royal family. He loves his country with all his heart and builds a legacy by sharing his writing with the Radio Free Asia on Laos history for Washington DC every month for many years. He even wrote a song about his city of Xepone that was very popular to the people of Laos. He has self-published many books in Laos and his memoir called Sixteen Years in the Land of Death was translated into English.

He was an active member of the Lao American Baptist Church in Lenexa KS. His motto to live by his three words are education, dedication, and passion.

Visitation is Saturday January 8, 2022, from 5 to 7pm at Amos Funeral home and Funeral service will be held Sunday 9 am at the Amos Funeral Home Main Chapel. To view the service CLICK HERE . Follow by celebration of life at Lao American Baptist Church at 9237 Noland Rd Lenexa, KS 66215. 1-3 pm

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dena Bouphanouvong at 5804 E 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64126.

Events


Visitation

Start Date: January 8, 2022, 5:00 pm
End Date: January 8, 2022, 7:00 pm
Amos Family Funeral Home
10901 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS 66203
Phone: 913-631-5566

Funeral Ceremony

Start Date: January 9, 2022, 9:00 am
End Date: January 9, 2022, 12:00 pm
Amos Family Funeral Home
10901 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS 66203
Phone: 913-631-5566

Celebration of Life

Start Date: January 9, 2022, 1:00 pm
End Date: January 9, 2022, 3:00 pm
Lao American Baptist Church at 9237 Noland Rd Lenexa, KS 66215. 1-3 pm

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