SEOUL, South Korea — Dr. Yong Cho died Saturday, April 11, 2020, in Seoul, South Korea from natural causes.
He lived in Princeton from 1980 to 2007. Dr. Cho was born in Korea on Nov. 26, 1936. After the Korean War, he attended Seoul National University, College of Medicine, graduating in 1965. Three years later, he immigrated to the United States to further his medical training. After completing a General Practitioner medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he and his young family moved throughout the Midwest, finally settling in Princeton.
From 1980 to 2007, Dr. Cho was a doctor at Gibson General Hospital. Dr. Cho practiced general surgery and served as the town physician in many ways during those years. An active servant of his community, Dr. Cho was a member of the Kiwanis and regularly provided pro-bono medical services for the people of Gibson County. During his long medical career, he was a beloved and respected town citizen. A devout Christian, Dr. Cho was instrumental in founding a Korean church in Evansville in the 1990s. In 2006, he received a degree from the Moody Bible Institute to prepare for a retirement filled with missionary work. Dr. Cho retired from the practice of medicine in 2007. Shortly thereafter, he and his wife returned to their homeland of South Korea. For the next decade, he volunteered his time and knowledge as a doctor at a small nursing facility near his home and continued to give back to his community throughout his final years.
Dr. Cho is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Whasielie Cho. He also leaves behind three children, two sons-in-law and six grandchildren.
A family service was held in Seoul, South Korea April 15, 2020.