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Josip Krsul
Josip Krsul
Birth: 10 December 1911
Selce, Croatia
Death: 5 March 2021
Selce, Croatia
Age: 109 years, 85 days
Country: CroatiaCRO

Josip Krsul (Croatian: Kršul; 10 December 1911 – 5 March 2021) was a Croatian centenarian who was the oldest man ever to live in Croatia and is the first one to turn both 108, and 109.


Krsul was born in Selce, Austria-Hungary (now located in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia), on 10 December 1911. After finishing school in Selce and Crikvenica, Josip was educated as an electrician in Belgrade, Serbia. After finishing school, he returned to his birthplace where he was unable to find a job. He went to Sibenik where he became a telegraphist. His father, Jakov Krsul, and his older brother who was named after his father, moved to Peru and did not return. At the beginning of World War II, he arrived to Galveston, Texas. Later, he joined the United States Army. In 1945, Krsul participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima: It was a difficult war. There was not enough of our troops to fight the Japanese. You had to fight foot by foot. But, at last we won. After that, I got American citizenship. He moved to California after the war. He spent most of his time in San Francisco, working in Western Union.

Krsul married Milica (1916–2005), a Croatian woman born in the United States. The couple had no children. He moved back to Croatia around 2011. His sister Jelena Jelicic died on 12 May 2015 at the age of 102. He had been the oldest living man in Croatia since the death of Sime Petrovic on 23 January 2017. Since the death of Andja Peric on 7 February 2019, Krsul had also been the oldest living person in Croatia. On 23 June 2019, he surpassed the age of Ante Toni Beritic (1895–2002), becoming the oldest man who ever lived in Croatia (although one Croatian emigrant has lived longer, Ezio Ongaro of Italy).

Krsul died during the early hours of the morning on 5 March 2021 in Selce, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia at the age of 109 years, 86 days.



Croatia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jela Kranjcic • Ruza Sertic • Unknown • Ivan Jaklic • Jerka Litovic • Nena Tolj • Ljubica LoncarLina Miljan • Ada Vitezic • Paulina Prodan • Izolda Krmpotic • Nina Valjalo • Andja PericJosip KrsulMarija BibulicAndjela Sostaric

Croatia's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Ante Toni BeriticIvan Jaklic • Unknown • Nikola Radelic • Andrija Prlic • Nikola Barkovic • Sime Petrovic • Josip Krsul • Andrija PetricKarlo Rogan • Josip Pisnjak