Peter Yee-Chung Chei, age 65, of Freistatt, passed away at 4:18 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, at the St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
He was born on Nov. 18, 1944 in Xi'an China, the son of Andrew Li-Chung and Pricilla Wei-Chow Chei. Peter moved to Springfield from Hong Kong in 1964, where he attended Evangel College.
Peter was referred to as a missionary in America and dedicated his life to visiting schools and sharing in the music of the gospel. After college he travelled to all of the states. In 1993 he moved to Mt. Vernon, where he pastored at the Free Methodist Church. He currently was the pastor at C.H.R.I.S.T. Fellowship in El Dorado Springs. He was the organist and choir director for the First Christian Church in El Dorado Springs and the Chaplain Coordinator for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center. Peter played an active role in promoting and coordinating well-known Christian artists within the Midwest. He was truly a man of God in all aspects of his life.
On Sept. 29, 2001 he married Diana L. Flynn in Mt. Vernon and she survives.
Additional survivors include: his father, Andrew Chei of brooklyn, N.Y.; three sons: Jason Chung-Chi Chei and his wife, Sunny, and James Chei both of Nevada, MO; Jared Yung-Chi Chei and his wife, Lieca, of Xining, China; one sister: Ruth Piscopo and her husband, Richard, of North Tampa, Fla.; two brothers: David Chei and his wife, Nancy, of Long Island, N.Y. and John Chei and his wife, Judy, of Queens, N.Y.; three grandchildren: Jayden, Mia and Araleigh; and the mother of his children: Janice McDonald. His mother proceeded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, in Mt. Vernon. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vernon City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, in the funeral home chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Jared and Lieca in China, for their missionary work, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.