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Robert K. Liem
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Obituary for Robert K. Liem

Robert K. Liem, beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather passed away peacefully on May 7, 2018 at the age of 79 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Robert was born in Bengkulu, Indonesia on April 17, 1939 to Karlina (Injoo) and Simon Liem. He married Angeline (Tumewu) on April 6, 1968. Fortunately, they were recently able to celebrate their 50th anniversary. He was a Neurosurgeon in Indonesia for eleven years. In 1969 the Colombo Plan selected him to complete a Neurosurgery fellowship in Australia.

In a dream for a better life, he and his wife moved to the United States in 1970 where he became a General Surgeon. He started his General Surgery residency in Honolulu, Hawaii, then completed his 3rd and 4th years of residency in Nashville, Tennessee. He ultimately settled in South Florida in 1974.

Robert had a long and distinguished career as a General Surgeon. He began his private practice in Lake Worth with Dr. Randolph Romano. He served on the board of directors at Palm Beach Regional Hospital. He also practiced for more than 30 years at JFK Medical Center, where he founded their Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute.

While he was a busy surgeon, he always had time for his family and friends. With them he enjoyed skiing, traveling, and boating. He was also an avid tennis player and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is survived by his wife Angeline, sister Yvonne Siboe, brother Frankie Indrajaya, children Lucille (Michael) Liem of Washington, DC, Esther Liem of Orlando, Florida, David (Erica) Liem of Tallahassee, Florida, and grandchildren Benjamin and Lily Maniscalco.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Care Center at Bethesda Hospital East and JFK Medical Center ICU for taking great care of him.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Del Lago Chapel, 131 S. Lakeside Drive, Lake Worth, FL. Friends are invited to visit beginning at 2:00 pm.

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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
All County's Del Lago Chapel

131 S. Lakeside Drive
Lake Worth, FL 33460

A reception will follow from 4 pm to 6 pm at Del Lago Chapel.


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