Aleah G. Koury quietly passed away, at his home, July 31, 2017, with his family at his side. ~Born September 26, 1925, he was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a boy, he lived in the busy city, helping his mother and father work in their delis, restaurants, bakeries and candy stores. ~As a young man, he joined the Canadian Army and served his country until the end of World War II. After his honorable discharge, in 1946, he attended the University of Toronto, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was then hired as an editor for the Consolidated Press in Toronto.
In 1948, He accepted the calling to Ministry for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now known as The Community of Christ, Headquartered in Independence, Missouri. As a young missionary, he was sent to Denver, Colorado. While there, he met Patricia L. Reynolds, who soon became his wife in 1950. Together, they raised 5 children while living in 1 Canadian Province and 4 U.S. States, proudly working as missionaries throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, Mexico, and Africa.
While living in Fresno, California, he applied for and received his prized citizenship to the United States of America. He also received his Masters Degree from California State University, Fresno and became a Fellow of the College of Chaplains.
Before his retirement in 1989, with the Reorganized Church, he served as the Director of Chaplains at the Independence Regional Health Center, owned and operated by the Reorganized Church in Independence, Missouri. At the same time, he worked for and received his Masters of Divinity at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
Upon their retirement, Pat and Aleah moved to Yuba City, California to be near some of their children and grandchildren. It wasn't long before Aleah was working and ministering to families again as a Facilitator for Bi-Counties Special Kids Project, Yuba and Sutter Counties. He joyfully worked with them for 4 years.
His companion, Patricia of 57 years passed away in 2007, he has mourned her ever since.
He leaves 5 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
We love and respect our father and the life he led, dedicating it to sharing love and kindness throughout
In Lieu of flowers, we ask for contributions to the Neurological Department at San Francisco State University, San Francisco or Neurological Department at the University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California.
Arrangements for a private Celebration of life, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, are pending with Ullrey Memorial Chapel 817 Almond Street, Yuba City, CA. 95991.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2017.