Friday, March 1, 2013

Joshua Richard Lewis - Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Obituaries

Joshua Richard Lewis - Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Obituaries Joshua Richard Lewis, 30, died unexpectedly at Hatcher Pass Feb. 17, 2013. A graveside service is planned in May at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with full military honors. Joshua was born Aug. 24, 1982, in Casper, Wyo., and moved to Alaska with his family in 1985, at just 3 years old, where he lived between Fairbanks, Anchorage and Big Lake. He enjoyed his time here working at the Salvation Army, both in Anchorage and the Valley, and was a proud Catholic Christian. Joshua was a First Class Boy Scout who later joined the U.S. Army after going to school in Wasilla and spending a short time at UAF. He served in the military from Jan. 31, 2007 to Nov. 23, 2011, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Joshua was very artistic and enjoyed role-playing games with his brothers and friends. Surviving are his mother, Katherine Sinclair of Big Lake; father Michael F. Lewis of Lander, Wyo.; brothers, Jeremiah J. Lewis and Daniel J. Reinhard of Anchorage; sisters, Angela (Rotha) Chap of Texas and Michelle Levshakoff of Wasilla; niece, Alis Carl of Wasilla; nephew, Theo Carl of Wasilla; grandmothers, Janet B. Reister and Ruth Lowel Sinclair, both of Casper, Wyo., Ileta Lewis of Lander, Wyo., and Darlene Telford of Arizona; step-father, Carlyle Telford of Big Lake; and numerous aunts and uncles, too many to mention. Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Robert Reister, James H. Sinclair and Richard Lewis; and great-grandparents, Dutch and Bernie Davis, to whom Joshua was especially close. He enjoyed hunting and renaissance “Boffer” role-playing and re-enactments with knights, swords and armor, and had fun with paintball games. Joshua had a happy, light, boyish humor and will be missed dearly by family and friends. Arrangements were with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory.

Josh was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. he will be missed dearly.

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