Michael Dong-Il Kim
Michael Dong-Il Kim

June 23, 1940 - August 3, 2020
Resided in Eugene, Oregon
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Michael Dong-Il Kim passed away peacefully on August 3rd, 2020, five weeks after celebrating his 80th birthday surrounded by family. Though Korean by heritage, he was born on June 23, 1940, in China during the Japanese rule of Korea. His family moved back to South Korea in 1945, at the end of World War II.

His father, E Yul Kim, a pastor and SDA conference president, and his mother, Myung Ok Kim, an elementary school teacher, nurtured in him a love and steadfast faith in God. He was the fourth of six children and grew up among four sisters and a younger brother, who all went on to careers in the medical field.

Michael graduated from Korea University School of Medicine in 1965 and completed his internship and general surgery residency at Seoul Adventist Hospital three years later. He served as an army doctor and captain in the ROK (Republic of Korea) army from 1968 to 1971.

He married Kyung Hee Chung (Norma Kim) and moved to the U.S. at the age of 32 for a general practice residency in Detroit, MI. He worked as a family medicine physician in Texas for over 30 years, sometimes receiving payment in the form of a carton of persimmons or freshly caught fish. His patients knew him to be friendly, capable, and caring.

His family and friends remember him most for his infectious sense of humor, his steadfast loyalty, and his abundant generosity of spirit. He was always full of energy and loved to mischievously make people laugh--often telling amusing stories and whimsical jokes with a twinkle in his eye. He had a strong sense of responsibility to provide for his family, constantly working hard and rarely taking a vacation. There are also multiple stories of his generosity and compassionate heart--whether it was lending or donating money to someone in a tight spot or going to someone’s home to start an IV and give them fluids.

Michael often demonstrated a strong, cheerful face to the world—keeping his emotions to himself. Even as his strength faded in recent years, he was thoughtful at all times in his wish to not burden anyone. He quietly persevered through difficult circumstances and stoically endured deep personal challenges with incredible toughness and a gentle smile.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, his son, his two daughters, and six grandchildren.

His family’s foremost hope is to see him again in heaven—in perfect health and peace--for eternity. He will be greatly missed, but his faith and courage will be remembered by all who knew him.

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Cemetery
Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Crematorium and Cemetery
4810 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR United States 97405
2020-09-26T
Public Visitation
Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Crematorium and Cemetery
4810 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR United States 97405
Saturday, August 8, 2020
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Graveside Service
Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Crematorium and Cemetery
4810 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR United States 97405
Saturday, August 8, 2020
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM