Young H. Kim, 77, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania passed away at his home on September 21, 2020.
Born on October 3, 1942, in a small village in Chunnam Province, South Korea, Young was a hard-working and determined student from an early age, walking several miles a day to obtain his middle school education. Upon graduation from Kwangju High School in 1960, Young obtained a highly competitive spot in the Korean Military Academy, graduating in 1964 with a B.S. in Engineering.
Young was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Korean Army and served for five years, achieving the rank of captain in 1969. Young served with the South Korean Expeditionary Army in the Vietnam War between 1965 and 1966.
Young met his future wife, Kyung Rae Chung, in 1963, and they married in 1967. Upon leaving the army, Young worked for Korean Airlines before emigrating to the United States in 1972 to obtain his Masters in Engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 1974.
With his wife Kyung and daughter Hyon and son Jae, Young lived in Downingtown from 1979 onward and worked for most of his career as a civil engineer at Allen-Sherman-Hoff of Exton, Pennsylvania.
He and his wife Kyung raised their children in Downingtown in a loving and supportive home and provided every opportunity for their children to thrive and achieve their own goals. Young set an example with his love of reading, desire to learn, and work ethic. He was knowledgeable on a vast array of topics from his lifelong intellectual curiosity.
In recent years, Young most enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren, Zoe, 20, and Ryan, 10, of Corpus Christi, Texas. Young is survived by his son Jae Kim and daughter-in-law Sarah Kim of Corpus Christi, and daughter Hyon Kim of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Young was predeceased by his wife Kyung Rae in 1996.
He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and long-time neighbors in Downingtown.
Services will be private.