Kyu Bong Cho

Nov. 22, 1952 - May 12, 2014
Kyu Bong Cho - Nov. 22, 1952 - May 12, 2014

Kyu Bong Cho, who moved from Korea to Springs at age 18 and attended East Hampton High School, died of a stroke on May 12 in Alexandria, Va. He was 61.

Mr. Cho came to the United States to live with his sister, Myong A. Cho Miller, and her husband, Mickey Miller, a bayman. One of his first jobs was helping Mr. Miller lift his fish traps early in the morning.

After graduating from high school, where he acclimated to a new culture and language, he earned a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s from Washington University in St. Louis.

In July 1974 he married Chung Mee  Suh, whom he brought over from Korea. Not long after, they moved to Alexandria, where he pursued a lifelong career as an accountant, working mostly out of a home office. They had two children.

“He had a charming and charismatic personality that attracted people to him, and had a special affection for us kids, which made us love him to death,” said his niece Ronnie Miller Manning of Springs.

Mr. Cho was born in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Nov. 22, 1952, to Suk Cho and Lee Butler. His sister and her daughter moved from Korea to Springs in 1968. Mr. Cho joined them two years later.

His mother had also been married to an American soldier, with whom she had one son, Charles Bateman, who moved to Springs soon after Mr. Cho and was raised by the Millers until he was 16.

Mr. Cho’s wife and children, Martin Cho of Vienna, Va., and Connie Yoon of Rockville, Md., survive him, as does his brother, who lives in East Hampton, two nieces in addition to Ms. Miller Manning, and three grandchildren. His sister died before him.

Mr. Cho was a member of Great Love Church in Annandale, Va. A funeral service was held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home in Fairfax, Va., the Rev. Joshua Park of Great Love Church officiating. His funeral at Fairfax Memorial Park was attended by many people, his niece said, including the entire fellowship of his church.