Soon Hong Yoon, 84, of Cary passed away June 9, 2015 at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.
Mr. Yoon was born February 20, 1931 in Pyongyang, Korea, son of Cheo Hyun Yoon and Bok Dong Kim. He was married to Nancy Siddall, who preceded him in death in 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents and older brother.
Surviving are his son, Neville (Maria Eliana Espejo) Yoon of Cary; his daughter, Sylvia Yoon (Will) Robinson of Cary; grandchildren, Joaquin Yoon and Simon Robinson; brothers, Tae Hong Yoon, Kwan Hong Yoon; and sisters, Ok Jung Yoon, Ok Soon Yoon and Ok Sun Yoon.
After the political upheaval that left the Communists in control of North Korea, Mr. Yoon's family fled to Seoul in 1947. Afterwards, Mr. Yoon focused on his love of sports and study. However, when war broke out in 1950, he narrowly escaped being impressed into the North Korean army, and like many of his generation, became determined to recover his country from the Communists. To do so, he served with the United Nations Partisan Infantry Forces as an interpreter, where he made lifelong friendships; he felt those were among his most satisfying days.
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After the war, Mr. Yoon came to the United States to study chemistry at Wilmington College, Ohio, where he met his future bride, Nancy Ellen Siddall, to whom he was married for over forty years.
Mr. Yoon worked as a chemist in South Carolina until his retirement in 1999, after which he and his wife moved to Florida. Widowed in 2005, Mr. Yoon moved to Cary NC, where he enjoyed being a grandfather to his two grandsons, Simon and Joaquin.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.brownwynnecary.com