James D. Fossum


James Douglas Fossum, age 88, passed peacefully on July 11th in his home on Serpent Lake, a place he called Heaven on Earth. A kind, resourceful man with a quiet strength, Jim found pleasure in the people and activities of his daily life. He had a way of encouraging those around him and lifting them up. He was a blessing to many.

Jim was born and raised in Crosby, Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Dental School, Jim used his skills in the service of the United States Airforce before moving to Montevideo where he served as a dentist while raising his family with wife Ilene. Upon retiring he moved back to the Crosby area. Though Jim faced the challenges of multiple strokes in his later years, he never lost his enjoyment of the simple pleasures of life or his ability to encourage those around him. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by 3 daughters: Kris (Hugh), Karin (Dave), Kathryn; grandchildren: Erin, Alli (Jacob), Alex, Tim, Marco, and Karina.

He is preceded in death by parents, Segard (Doc) and Rose Fossum, beloved wife Ilene (Huff), and sister Jean Overby.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Lakewood Cemetery with full military honors given by the Myrin- James American Legion Post #443, Ironton. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.