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Crnobrnja, Mike "Scorp"* - Lorain  
LORAIN - Mike "Scorp" Crnobrnja, 86, of Lorain, died unexpectedly Friday May 20, 2016 at his home. He was born December 4, 1929 in Lorain and had been a lifelong Lorain resident. Mike graduated from Clearview High School and served with the US Army from 1951-1953. He attended Ohio University and earned a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mike worked at NASA in Brook Park as an Aeronautical Engineer retiring in 1982. He had involvement in the Centaur, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. He was particularly proud of his contribution to the design of the system that kept astronauts safe during their re-entry into Earth's atmosphere. He was an avid golfer and bowler and played fast pitch softball at Oakwood Park in Lorain. He was a member of AMVETS Post #47 in Lorain. He is survived by his children: Lori Crnobrnja of Grafton, Michael Crnobrnja of Avon Lake, Larry (Cheryl) Crnobrnja of Greenville, South Carolina and Randy (Michele) Crnobrnja of Amherst; grandchildren Brian (Tennille) Crnobrnja, Andy Crnobrnja, Adam Crnobrnja, Michelle (John) Pendleton and Krista (Joe) Balwinski; great grandchildren: Johanna Pendleton and Garren Crnobrnja. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Johanna "Lona" Crnobrnja (nee Longoria) on September 24, 2014, father Sam Crnobrnja and mother Mary Velemirovich. The family will receive friends Wednesday May 25th from 4-8 pm at the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave, Lorain. Funeral services will be held Thursday May 26th at 11:00 am in the funeral chapel with Rev. Fr Srnisha Hrvacevic, pastor of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Lorain, presiding. Inurnment will follow in the columbarium at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township where the Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter #20 of Lorain will conduct military honors. Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region, PO Box 271, Tallmadge, OH 44278 Online condolences can be made at
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Published in on May 23, 2016
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