Lawrence “Larry” Ossowski
Lawrence “Larry” Ossowski died at his home in McMinnville Oregon on January 23. He was 90 years old.
He was married to Delores Ossowski for 62 years, had four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was extremely generous with his time and talents and will be greatly missed.
Larry was in the US Air Force, which is what initially brought him to Alaska. He was stationed briefly at Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, having driven up the Alcan the summer of 1957, then was transferred to Elmendorf in Anchorage later that year. He and Delores were in Anchorage when Alaska became a state in January 1959. Being in the military, they relocated many times but when he retired, he took a job with the Air Force Tracking Station in Chiniak.
Larry and Delores were longtime Kodiak residents, arriving via the M/V/ Tustumena in the fall of 1971 with their four children — Paul, Tom, Patricia, and Larry — piled in the back of their station wagon. After two years of working in Chiniak, Larry took a job with KEA where he was happily employed for 20 years. While working for KEA, he was involved with the initial stages of the operation at Terror Lake.
He was very active at St. Mary’s School and Church, helping to keep both structures maintained and running smoothly. He was an usher at the church and could be relied upon to do most anything, including quieting crying babies by rocking them at the back of the church. He also held the door open at the end of mass, giving the kids high fives as they left. In addition, he gave his time and talents to constructing stages, backdrops, and whatever else was necessary to bring the Arts Council’s productions to the stage.
Lawrence Ossowski gracefully moved from this world into the next in the same manner in which he lived: he did big things in a quiet way. He departed early in the morning as if he was heading out to go fishing, which he dearly loved to do. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Paul.
He is my Dad and he will be dearly missed.
Private services to honor my Dad will happen at a later date.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak.