Tee Kue died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction following a one-car accident on Highway 65. He was 16.
Tee Kue was born in the Karen State of Myanmar, formerly Burma, in 2001. He is the youngest of five siblings born to Tha Tae, deceased, and Kue Rue of Delta. Tee recently completed his freshman year at Delta High School.
Tee played soccer and wrestled for the high school. Though English was his second language, he overcame barriers and obstacles to improve as a student every year since coming to Delta with his family in 2013.
Tee Kue and his family were forced from their village in the Karen State in 2005. They arrived at the Maera Moe (refugee) camp with only what they could carry on their backs. Tee's father died in Thailand leaving Kue Rue as a single mother caring for her children. In 2011, the family came to the United States as part of a United Nations relocation plan. They first settled in Denver and Tee went to the Aurora schools.
In 2013, the family moved into Alta Vista De La Montana, a migrant/agriculture apartment complex opened in 2012. Tee Kue entered school, attended Delta First Baptist Church and participated in the tutoring program, AWANA club, Sunday school, youth group and Karate for Christ. He was recently awarded the green belt in karate.
Tee Kue helped at the Marketplace VBS June 5-9, hosted at Delta United Methodist Church. He loved Jesus and working with Jesus' kids.
He is survived by his grandmother, Seh Pah, Delta; his mother, Kue Rue (Poe Ka La) of Delta; his brothers, Do Soe of Denver, Ra Do of Delta and Htoo Chi of Omaha, Neb.; and sister, Way Lay Say of Delta.
A memorial celebrating his life was held Thursday, June 15, at First Baptist Church. Internment took place at Mesa View Cemetery in Delta.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, c/o Tee Kue Fund, 1250 Pioneer Road, Delta, CO 81416.
Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors handled arrangements.