OBITUARY

Joon Kyum "John" Kim

April 12, 1943November 23, 2021

On November 23, 2021, Joon Kyum (John) Kim passed away peacefully at the age of 78 with his beloved family by his side. John lived a fulfilled life, and in his own words, “I did everything I wanted and everything I was supposed to do.”

He was born on April 12, 1943 in Seoul, South Korea. As the fourth of seven children, John was fondly known as the family rebel. He dedicated himself to speed skating as a teenager and held competitive records in this sport. Always logical and to the point, John studied mathematics and received his undergraduate degree at Yonsei University.

John came to the United States in 1968 and completed a master’s degree at the University of Iowa. He settled in Dayton, Ohio with a job at Winter’s Bank and soon moved on to build a career in insurance that spanned more than four decades, first at Mass Mutual, then at Prudential, and finally at Nationwide. He loved America and became a citizen in 1979.

In 1974, he married Young Hee, the love of his life and best friend. They worked hard and built a life in Ohio. Together, they established Young’s real estate business and spent almost every moment together, working out of the same office for the past 14 years. At the end of a long day, you could find them sharing a laugh over dinner and a glass of wine or dancing in the kitchen.

They had two children, Judy and John, who were his pride and joy. He taught them the importance of being genuine and honest and gave them his wicked sense of humor. They adored him and depended on his unwavering love and support in all that they did. He was a proud haraboji to his three grandchildren Rafaela, Jonah, and Levi. Maizy, a Boston Terrier, was his cherished companion for 14 years.

John was a true original. He did things his way and was never swayed or influenced by what others thought. He was a keen judge of character, and if he believed someone had a good heart, he would go out of his way to help them. Naturally charismatic and funny, John could fill any room with laughter by telling a hilarious story or making a cutting observation.

He will be forever remembered and loved by his wife Young; daughter Judy Sewards and son-in-law Paul Sewards; son John and daughter-in-law Sarah Farkas; grandchildren, Rafaela, Jonah, and Levi; brother Ung Kyum in California and sister Yu Kyum in Seoul; and many nieces and nephews.

At John's request, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, please take a moment to share the good memories that you have of John below. The family will hold a memorial gathering in 2022.

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  • At John's request, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, please take a moment to share the good memories that you have of John below. The family will hold a memorial gathering in 2022.

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Erin O'Reilly

November 30, 2021

I first met the Kim family in 1990. I lived in the same neighborhood and met Judy at a bus stop in 9th grade. I loved the entire Kim family and spent a good amount of time there during our high school years. Mr. Kim often asked about academics and extracurriculars and then would equally be silly and make us laugh. He taught me my first Korean words. My favorite memory is going to the father/daughter dance as a big group. My dad and I still talk about how much fun that was. It is an honor to know the Kim family and I am forever grateful for the children Mr. and Mrs. Kim brought into the world. His legacy lives on in the most beautiful way one can.

Misoon Mah

November 29, 2021

Younghee,

We don’t know what to say, but we’re sorry to hear the news. I can’t imagine what you are going through now.

John (Jaehee’s dad) was one of our best friends, and fun, enjoyable and cheerful whenever he was around.
Now he is gone, and will be dearly missed.

Now Jaehee’s dad is in a better place.

Wishing you strength in these difficult times and hoping that with time peace will heal you and your family.

Sangmin Umma and Abba

Rachel D’Amico

November 29, 2021

Dear Young and family,

I am heartbroken to hear about John, as is the rest of my family. I remember working in the office with you guys and he would always make me laugh. He and little Maizy would burst into the office in a flurry and John was always upbeat and getting things done. I have known you both since I was a kid and I always loved reading your holiday letter even after I left the office upon graduation. I remember helping to get those and the calendars ready while working in the office. Young and John were a wonderful team and I am grateful you took me in to work with you. I learned so much from you both. Not just about real estate, but about hard work, dedication, and treating people right. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. John was truly one of a kind and will be missed.

With loving memories,
Rachel D’Amico

Lindsey and Alex Sheets

November 28, 2021

John was the first person to show us our now forever home. John treated me like a daughter and would never have let me buy a mediocre home. I bought 3 homes with Young, and John was there to see us through every single time. I’ll always remember his big personality and witty sense of humor. He was truly one of a kind.

Eileen Park

November 28, 2021

I was always told Uncle John was a very cool guy sporting a motorcycle in his younger days. That made perfect sense because Aunty YoungHee was the coolest aunt, often very stylish, speaking many languages with an amazing singing voice. I believe he had strong beliefs and opinions in life and proudly passed it on to his children. l often watched him from a distance during family reunions and witnessed how proud he was of his children and grand children.
We will miss him dearly.

Adrienne Kaplan

November 28, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Young and her family.
I met “John” and Young when they represented me in selling a home. John was a dynamo! An energetic and very pleasant man. He was a kind and genuine human being. Even in his later years of his life when we met he had a lust for life and very hard working.
Gone too soon. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Adrienne

David and Kyoo Ryu

November 28, 2021

Our condolences for the loss of your husband.
He was always so supportive of you for everything you do.
We found a picture of him taken at the banquet for your installation as a WCR Ohio Chapter president 10 years ago. He was so proud of you that night.

Tracy Scrivens

November 28, 2021

I’m deeply saddened & my sincerest condolences for the family of John Kim. I met him over a year ago & from the moment I met him, he was full of humor, down to earth & a real great person to hold a conversation with. He was caring & sincere. I appreciate John Kim for everything. I’ll miss his jokes & forthright conversations with me & my brother Rich. I spoke with him while he was in care, I told him I’m praying for him & no worries about anything. Again, I’m happy I met him. Peace & blessings to his family and friends.

Joanne Jannetta

November 28, 2021

The best memory I have of John is his kindness and guidance he showed me during the closing of the sale of my house. Without a word he reached over and touched my arm when I was about to say something to the buyers, cautioning me to not say anything just then. It was the first time that I sold a home on my own and both he and Young provided me with such needed guidance and advice that I'm forever grateful to them both. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt compassion to you Young and your dear family during this time. I feel lucky to have known such a kind man.

Laurie Weed

November 28, 2021

Dear Young, Judy, John, & Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. I met John a few years ago when he was overseeing the property next door. His eyes sparkled & face lit up with joy when he talked about his family. I only saw John occasionally but it was always a fun & interesting conversation, sharing stories & laughing. John had wonderful insight into human nature. I was fortunate to have met him.

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