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Young Won Cho, M.D., age 86, of Grand Rapids, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home under the care of Spectrum Health Hospice. The son of Dai-hyun & Jung-tai (Kim) Cho, he was born on March 3, 1931 in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Cho served alongside the United States military with the Republic of Korea Defense Forces during the Korean War.


Following the cessation of hostilities, he emigrated to the United States to complete his residency and worked as a physician for 53 years in the fields of cardiology and research. In addition, he earned four other doctorate degrees.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Myung-ok (Cho) Choo; and two brothers, Nakwon Cho and Whewon Cho. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Marie (Cho) & Michael Gregory; one beloved grandson, Tanner Gregory, who was “the apple of Granddaddy’s eye”; five sisters, Younglim (Cho) Whang, Chayoung (Cho) Moon, Samyoung (Cho) Kim, Okja (Cho) Lee, and Kyungok Cho;  and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and final interment will be in Cookeville, Tennessee. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Dr. Cho’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:



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  1. April Hayes on January 5, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Marie, I am truly sorry for your loss. I enjoyed hearing stories of your dad, and seeing pictures from when you and your family would visit. I know he was very special to you. His legacy lives on with you, and will shine in all you continue to do in the field of medicine. Prayers of peace and comfort for you and your family.

  2. Wavelene Cox Johnson on January 5, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I am so sorry. I never met him but did meet his daughter that is married to a cousin and there isn’t a finer young man than Tanner. My condolences to all.

  3. Marcia Shivar on January 5, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Marie, Michael and Tanner, Im so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed meeting your dad when we lived next door. I also enjoyed the stories and updates on FB in more recent years. He lives on in your heart and memories. Much love and many prayers sent your way!

  4. jim sholar on January 6, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers for the family.

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