Younok Ammon

January 25, 1951June 17, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Younok “Bamboo” Ammon announces her sudden passing after a brief illness on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the age of 70. She passed away with family members by her side in Austin, Texas.

She was born January 25, 1951 in Seoul, South Korea, to Young Gip Lee (father) and Yun Ja Jeong (mother). She joyfully married her “one and only,” Heinz Ammon, in 1977. Together, they lived in Singapore, Germany, and then stateside in New Jersey, California, and Texas.

Younok lived a full and adventurous life. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She devoted much of her time and energy to caring for family members, including her mother, until she passed away at age 94. In recent years, her most cherished role was as Halmoni (grandmother).

Younok had a vivacious personality and was quick to make friends around the world. She was a staunch promoter of the healing benefits of kimchi and believed in the unifying power of K-Pop music. She enjoyed a number of hobbies such as gardening, playing tennis, skiing, traveling, singing, and dancing the cha-cha. She played piano daily and was an accomplished painter with dreams of studying in Italy.

Younok is survived by her beloved husband, Heinz Ammon; her daughter, Natalie Younok Ammon; her son-in-law, William Adrin Davis; her grandson, William Henry Davis; her older brother and his wife, Hangjoo Lee and Meejeong Jeon, and their family; her younger brother, Seungwoo Lee; her younger sister and her husband, Yeonsook Lee and Kyoungsup Ahn, and their family; her sister-in-law and her husband, Luise and Hermann Amling, and their family; her sister-in-law and her husband, Claudia and Klaus Eichhofer, and their family; and her brother-in-law and his wife, Martin Ammon and Susanne Flemming-Ammon. All love and miss her deeply.

Please join us online for a memorial celebrating her vibrant life. Reverend Ellen Williams Hensle will officiate the service at 1pm (Central Standard Time) on Thursday, July 1, 2021:

Should friends and family desire, donations can be made in her honor to the Korean American Center in Irvine, California. The Korean American Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and sharing Korea’s rich cultural heritage. You may donate online: or mail a check to: Korean American Center 136 Cartier Aisle Irvine, CA 92620


  • Online Memorial Service Only

    Thursday, July 1, 2021



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Jeri Lynn Ingram

July 1, 2021

Bamboo's radiance brightened our lives. Every time we saw her, she brought smiles to our faces that lasted long after she left our presence. She brings a smile to my face each time I think of her. It will always be this way. Love.

Laura Rockefeller

June 30, 2021

I did not know Bamboo for very long but her bright, friendly presence in our neighborhood made an immediate positive impact to everyone in Barton Hills. She was always complimentary and uplifting. She opened herself up to everyone. She will be missed but her light shines on.