Dr. Hong-Kyu “H.K.” Park


Dr. Hong-Kyu “H.K.” Park, 81, a retired college professor and a longtime Tyler resident, passed away on April 9, 2019.

A native of South Korea and a U.S. citizen, Dr. Park came to the U.S. in 1957 to attend college. He received his B.A. from Kentucky Wesleyan College, M.A. from the University of Tennessee, and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University).

For 50 years, Dr. Park taught U.S. history and government at East Texas colleges, including Wiley College, Jarvis Christian College, Tyler Junior College, and Kilgore College. He retired from Kilgore College in 2015, after 22 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, of 51 years, Younghea “Anne;”son,Jason and wifeEmily of Chicago; two sisters; one brother, all of South Korea; and manyadditional relatives acrossthe U.S. and South Korea.

Visitation is scheduled on Friday, April 12, 2019from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler.Services will be heldon Saturday, April 13at 2:00 p.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church in Tyler.

If desired, memorials may be made to Cancer Foundation for Life, P.O. Box 8257, Tyler, TX 75711.

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