FREMONT, Cal.— Ogden Mark Krossovitch passed away on April 7, 2017, at the age of 90. His wife, Doris Leona Krossovitch, followed him less than two years later, passing away on March 10, 2019, at age 91. Both passed peacefully at their residence in Fremont, California.
Ogden Mark Krossovitch was born in Chicago on July 23, 1926. Around the age of 15 his family moved to Three Oaks, Michigan, where he graduated from Three Oaks High School in 1943. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served for 2 years, stationed on an air base in Greenland. Ogden studied drafting and worked as a design engineer for Bendix/Allied/Honeywell in South Bend, Ind., for over 40 years.
Doris Leona Krossovitch, nee Jensen, was born on August 31, 1927, on her family’s farm in Three Oaks as the youngest of 6 siblings and was a 1945 graduate of Three Oaks High School.
The couple were married for almost 68 years, tying the knot in 1949 at the Three Oaks Methodist Church, where they were lifelong, active members. Before starting a family, Ogden designed a house and the couple constructed it themselves, an accomplishment that took five years to complete. They lived in their Three Oaks home for 61 years, raising two children, until moving to Fremont, Cal., in 2017 to be near their daughter.
The couple enjoyed the outdoors and the scenic beauty of nature. Ogden was an avid gardener and spent much of his free time planning and cultivating his big vegetable garden and tending to their home’s landscape. Doris enjoyed “grubbing” in her flower gardens and watching the birds at their feeders. Both were active in their church and community, volunteering at the local food pantry, where Doris was president for a time. At the Three Oaks United Methodist Church, Doris sang in the choir, Ogden was the head usher, and both served on numerous committees and tasks.
Ogden is survived by two sisters, Barbara Ann Smith of Three Oaks, and Carolyn Drenth of Winfield, Ill. Doris is survived by a sister, Helen Heward, of South Bend, Ind. Together, the couple is survived by a daughter, April Ellebracht of Fremont, Cal., a son, Aaron Krossovitch of Elmhurst, Ill., granddaughter Ara Krossovitch, and grandsons Alexander Ellebracht and Nathan Ellebracht.
A memorial service is being held at the Three Oaks United Methodist Church on June 8 at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Acorn Center for the Performing Arts or the Harbor Country Food Pantry.