John Joseph Ohslund

John Joseph Ohslund

December 19, 1938 - June 03, 2022

John Joseph Ohslund

December 19, 1938 - June 03, 2022


John Ohslund, an aerospace engineer and loving husband and father passed away on June 3rd 2022 at the age of 83 while relaxing at home in Laguna Beach. He passed painlessly and suddenly of a ruptured brain aneurism.

John is survived by his wife Patti, son Patrick, Nieces, Nephews and all those who knew and loved him. He is predeceased by his parents Hilding and Elenor; his sisters Jane and Colleen.

John was born on Dec 19th 1938 in Lincoln Nebraska to Hilding and Elenor Ohslund. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with an MA in physics in 1962. He immediately moved to Southern California to pursue the career he was called to: the analysis of radar data focusing on the missile tests of other countries. He loved this work with all his being and blissfully went into the office six days a week right up until the day before he passed. He was renowned for this work in his field. On May 24th 1969, he married Patrica Kennedy, an artist and school teacher whom he had one child with and remained happily married to for over 50 years.

John was a beacon of compassion for humanity. He understood that everyone had their unique way of living and that judgment of another person was never warranted (except for certain politicians). He was an avid follower of the news, so much so that he would record all of the different talking heads’ analysis shows to be sure he heard each story from as many points of view as possible. In his youth he was a star tennis player winning numerous competitions for many decades. He enjoyed bike rides with his wife Patti and doggy Sammy and was fortunate enough to continue going on these until the weekend before his passing. John was a deep and conscientious thinker who carefully considered each word that he spoke, who seemed to always express his internal truth with the blessed inability to sugar coat his thoughts for others. John imparted crucial life lessons and lived by those principles inscrutably. They were: to find something you love and do that for the rest of your life, and to not tell anyone what to do and not let anyone else tell you what to do.

A celebration of the life of John Ohslund will be held at the house that he helped to build and that he lived happily in for over 50 years at 1396 Dunning Dr. Laguna Beach Ca on July 16th from noon to 6:00. As the home has limited capacity this event is by invitation only. If you would like to attend please reach out to his wife Patti or son Patrick.

Flowers, donations and condolences can also be sent to the Laguna Beach address listed above.


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