Jubran Mitri Khoury
Oct 13, 1925 - Aug 11, 2016
Jubran Khoury, the third of six children, was born in Nazareth, Israel, to Mitri and Olga Khoury. He had three brothers, Michael, Ghassan, and Fouad, and two sisters Najla and Najat. The family lived in an old stone house similar to the style of houses in Old Jerusalem. As a little boy, about seven years old, Jubran enjoyed walking with his maternal grandfather and stopping at holy sites in Nazareth, such as the Church of the Annunciation.
When he was about eleven years old the family relocated to the harbor city of Haifa, Israel. The family home was located on the slope of Mt. Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. He loved to swim and would often walk down the steep stone stairway to reach the beach and swim with his friends.
As a teenager, Jubran’s diverse talents enabled him to design and construct two projects that were the talk of his community: the first was a unique playground in the family’s backyard which included a Ferris wheel. The second was a radio broadcasting station that transmitted to neighbors a few blocks away!
After graduating from high school, Jubran got his first job as an accounting clerk. While working, he attended the Radio and Wireless Trade School, l and also studied electronics, earning a diploma in Industrial Electronics. Jubran and his wife-to-be, Haifa Habibi, were introduced to each other by their mothers. Their arranged marriage was a “match made in Heaven”. Jubran and Haifa have two daughters, Maha and Salwa.
In 1977 the family decided to move to the U.S.A., and live near Jubran’s older brother, Michael, and his family in Peoria, Illinois. Michael sponsored them and housed them until Jubran was able to find work. Jubran’s career was spent with Key Industries, Inc,. as an electronic technician, maintaining the machinery used for manufacturing specialty advertising items. He retired in 1998.
Jubran was an incredibly loving, caring, understanding, involved, and selfless husband and father. He enjoyed caring for his daughters all through their childhood as well as into their adulthood. He helped them with homework, school projects, and built creative backyard playgrounds. Also, he was always available for them with his input and advice. His family meant the world to him; everything he did was out of love for them. His daughters always knew they were deeply loved and believe they were blessed to have him as their father.
Jubran enjoyed making projects at home, including wood cabinets and bookcases. He collected electric-electronic gadgets from Radio Shack, and used various tools to fix anything in the house. He also loved videotaping his daughters’ school events and plays.
In December of 2005, because of their strong family ties, Jubran and Haifa made the difficult decision to leave Illinois, after about 30 years, and move to California, where their two married daughters had settled. They strongly believe that their move and their new life here have been a great miracle from our Lord. The blessings have far outweighed any drawbacks.
Jubran had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s before the move to California. Throughout the progression of his disease he continued to be exceptionally thankful, kind, pleasant, and contented. His family believes that through the Lord’s grace Jubran was able to accept his condition with great peace and joy.
Jubran will be deeply missed by his wife, Haifa; daughter and son-in-law, Maha and Roger Qutami; daughter and son-in-law, Salwa and Mourice Mrabe; seven grandchildren, Grace, Isaac, Sophia, and Moriah Qutami; Angelina, Philip and Andrew Mrabe; sister and brother-in-law, Najat and Suhail Radwan; brother and sister-in-law, Fouad and Yola Khoury; sister-in-law, Amal Khoury; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
If Jubran could speak to you now he’d say “I love you.” He firmly believed that heaven awaits all who find their faith in Jesus Christ.
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