MACOMB - Won Moo Hurh, 80, of Macomb passed away Friday, April 12, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Won was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Jochiwon, Korea, the son of Bu Yong and Myung Sum (Eum) Hurh. He married Gloria Goodwin of Galesburg on June 5, 1963, in Heidelberg, Germany.
He is survived by his wife; three children, Tracy (Rob) Prescott, Patrick (Marnie) Hurh of St. Charles, Ill., and Paul (Aileen Feng) Hurh of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren; three sisters, In Moo Ro, Eui Moo Hurh, and Bang Ja Hurh; one sister-in-law, Jung Ja Hurh; and 20 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Yong Moo Hurh.
From 1951, Won served as a South Korean artillery officer in the Korean War. He was promoted to S-3 officer of the Korean 76 Field Artillery Battalion in May 1953 and fought alongside the U.S. Army IX and X Corps until the cease-fire. He continued in the army as a captain in the Secretariat of the General Staff until August of 1958.
He received a B.A. degree in economics from Monmouth College, Illinois, and a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) in sociology and ethnology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After teaching in Illinois, Korea, and Texas, Won was appointed as a professor at Western Illinois University in 1979, where he taught for 29 years as one of America's leading scholars of Korean American immigration. In the course of his career Won published 40 scholarly articles and five books, including his memoir "I Will Shoot Them from My Loving Heart," and in 1999 he was chosen to be WIU's first distinguished faculty lecturer on its centennial.
War taught Won to respect life, and his scholarship reflects his life's commitment to peace and cross-cultural understanding. He delighted in the love and company of his family, and for 49 years his marriage to Gloria was a source of joy and strength to all who knew them.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. A wake service will follow at 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, with Monsignor Richard Pricco officiating.
Memorials may be sent to the WIU Foundation, 1 University Circle, Sherman Hall 303, Macomb, IL 61455 or made online (www.wiu.edu/giving). Gifts will support the faculty and students of the Sociology Department.
Please sign guest book or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.