|Kenneth Krossen, 64|
|Written by TRF Times|
Oklee - Kenneth Krossen, 64, died on Monday, October 18, 2004 at First Care Medical Services in Fosston.
Funeral services were held on Friday, October 22, at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, with Rev. Bob Paulson officiating. Interment will be held at Valle Cemetery.
Kenneth Orval Krossen was born May 1, 1940, in Fosston, to parents Thorval and Evelyn (Tharaldson) Krossen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith at Valle Lutheran Church in Trail. Ken began his education in the Oklee School system, but in the early fifties, also attended schools in Hibbing and Chisholm, before returning to Oklee. However he did not finish high school, opting instead to work for farmers in the area including his uncles.
In 1960, he entered the U.S. Air Force and was later medically discharged. After this, he continued to work locally for farmers and construction companies, then spent some time working on a ranch in Montana for a couple of years before returning to Minnesota.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing and trapping. He loved the old fashioned country music of Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow and Kitty Wells. Ken had long term battle with alcoholism and in his thirty’s and forty’s, he worked hard to escape its pull on him. One night in February 1985, while attending a half way house in Duluth, he was struck by a car. He had broken his thigh bone and was unconscious for four days, when he finally came to, his family spoke to him by phone. It was the last time they spoke to him. On September 5, 1985, Ken fell to the sidewalk in Duluth after he suffered a seizure and cardiac arrest at the same time. As a result, Ken was found to be brain dead. He was transferred to Greensview Nursing Home in Bagley for a year, then to First Care Nursing Home in Fosston, until his death on October 18.
The past 19 years Ken spent in a coma, unable to communicate or acknowledge anyone’s presence or convey feeling’s to anyone. He became ill on October 18 and passed away later that evening from several complications due to his long term condition.
Survivors include his daughter, Suzan Tommero of Buhl; one grandchild; cousins, Sheryl (Clyde) Berg of Clearbrook and Jennifer Eggen and family of Las Vegas, Nev.; one nephew, Mark Krossen and wife, Karen and sons, Ryan and Cody Krossen of LaPorte.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tharaldson and Krossen; his mother Evelyn; father, Thorval; stepmother, Inga; brother Richard; seven uncles; six aunts and aunts in Florida and California.