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Joshua Maddock

April 06, 1981 - March 30, 2015

Memorial Service

April 02, 2015 5:30 P.M.

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center


April 02, 2015
4:30 - 5:30 P.M.

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Joshua Maddock

April 06, 1981 - March 30, 2015


Joshua became a part of our family at the age of 5.  Pulling into our driveway for the first time, he cried out “Wow Mom, it’s just like Disney Land!” Joshua was a boundless bundle of raw energy, whose only hope was to feel love in a Forever Home.  It wasn’t long before it seemed he had always been with us, and we learned soon that our lives would never be quite the same!

Joshua had so many gifts.  He was curious about life, quick of wit, funny, artistic, intelligent, forgiving, gentle, loving… but most of all he was resilient. It was his resiliency that went like a shining light before him. It led him through the darkest of times, helping him to forgive the wrongs of his broken past and to see beyond the now.

Josh’s journey over the past couple of years has been one of excruciating physical pain. Unfortunately, doctors at Sanford and Mayo Clinic could not provide answers or relief for his suffering.  His beautiful fiancée, Robin Johnson, has been his strength and has helped to keep his light of hope alive for the past eight years. She surrounded Joshua with a loving blanket of trust and unconditional love. He loved her deeply and looked forward to marriage and to someday beginning a family together.

Joshua demonstrated unbelievable strength and courage as he waited for earthly answers.  These answers were not to be found here. He has joined his biological brother, Miah, and together they both now have their final Forever Home. God hold you in his loving arms and rock you in peace. It was an honor, a privilege, and a blessing to have you in our lives for 33 years. There are no perimeters around our love. You have  taken ours with you and left yours behind. Love is eternal.

Joshua is survived by his parents, Judi and John; brother Jeffrey (Kristin); and sisters Elizabeth (Jeffrey) Johnson and Ondrea (Todd) Levos. He is also survived by eight adoring nieces and nephews, a biological brother Jerrod Beck, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was proceeded in death by an infant brother John Ryan Maddock, grandparents Rose and Morris Seter and Helen and Bernard Maddock, and a biological brother Miah Renbarger.



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35 responses to “Joshua Neil Maddock”

  1. Ron and Esther says:

    Our hearts are heavy. You are the best parents Josh could ever have. May you feel the loving arms of family and friends holding and supporting you.

  2. Colleen Tuff says:

    John, Judi, Liz, Ondrea and Jeff I want to let you know that I will always remember Josh as that darling little boy always pushing up his glasses on his nose!!! 🙂 Love and Prayers to all of you!!!! Josh will be missed.

  3. Dr. William Larson and Staff says:

    John and Judy – our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of deep sorrow.

  4. Renee Buckman says:

    Just to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Renee Bernardy Buckman

  5. Lori (Johnson) Harner says:

    To the family of Josh,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  6. Don & Phyllis Sunderland says:

    John, Judy & family,
    We were saddened to read of Josh’s passing.
    We are here for such a short time but family and memories live forever.

  7. Diane Christensen says:

    Judi, John, Robin, and all of Josh’s family – You are all in my thoughts at this sorrowful time. I trust that along with the tears, your memories of Josh bring you many smiles, and that as time goes by, those smiles will prevail. How blessed you were to have him, and how blessed he was to have had all of you in his life.

  8. Jean (Davies) Schmith says:

    John and Judi–
    I just heard of your son Josh’s passing and wanted to express my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you both. There are no words, so I won’t even try–
    Add my love to all the love that I know is surrounding you and your family at this moment.
    Jean M.

  9. John and Anita Dobbs says:

    John, Judi, and family,
    Our sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayer.
    John and Anita Dobbs

  10. Connie Wasche says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Good memories of grade school of Josh playing with Grant. Many prayers for you. Connie & Roy Wasche

  11. Becky (Devig) Trumbo says:

    I remember the day Jeff told us he was getting a little brother. All the neighborhood kids were excited. Josh was such a sweetheart…all the times riding bikes or playing soccer in the grass circle. He was so loved. I’m very sorry to hear he is gone. My prayers are with you.

  12. Kirk and Clare Jensen says:

    Dear John and Judi and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear that Josh has died. He was loved by us. We talked with Catherine and she also was very sad to hear of his passing. We and she all have good memories of Josh and Jeff and Chris and she playing… good good memories. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kirk and Clare Jensen

  13. Todd Gross says:

    Maddocks’: We are so sorry for your loss. One cannot figure out God’s plan, but I hope you all relish in the good memories provided by Josh. I hope you find healing peace with the tincture of time. Life can be cruel at times, and losing a child is one of the most cruel scenarios.
    God Bless.

    Todd & Brenda Gross

  14. Kay Currier says:

    Judi, John and family. I am so sorry to learn of Josh’s passing. I can’t imagine losing a child so my heart breaks for you. Keep your memories of Josh close to your heart and he will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kay Currier

  15. Karen and Lyle, Sammamish WA says:

    John + Judi,
    May blessed memories of love bestowed provide a gentle breeze of comfort for you at this time.

  16. Jan & Rip Thompson says:

    John, Judi and family,
    Our sympathy and prayers to all of you at this very hard time. We remember when you first brought Josh to church at St. Paul’s. What a joyous time and we know their have been many joyous times. Jan & Rip

  17. Jackie Ohm says:

    Hugs and prayers…

  18. Mary and Noah Rilay says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We have many memories from the Newman Center.

  19. Kelly (Duray) Garrett says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. I have nothing but fond memories of him from elementary school. He was always kind and made us laugh. My husband (Dan Garrett) played baseball with him in high school and said he was a really good player. May God grant him eternal rest. You are in my prayers.

  20. Pam and Lindsey Johnson says:

    Robin and Josh’s family
    We were saddened to hear about Josh. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Diana and Jim Osterfeld says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of your family at this difficult time. Remember all the wonderful times you were able to spend with Josh at the lake and growing as a family. You are the greatest family, who gave Josh the Greatest Love and comfort. Take peace in knowing he will no longer suffer the pain and be waiting with his brother in Heaven. God cares for those who suffer. Peace to you and your family.
    Love, Jim and Diana

  22. Ken and Karen says:

    Our hearts are with you on this saddest of days. Love to all.

  23. Tim Biberdorf says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this sad time. I can remember enjoying every waking minute between school, suppertime and sleep playing football in the adjacent cul-de-sac, or arrowball around your house with the Maddock boys, the Biberdorf boys, Chris and Jeremy. Those were some very fond memories.

  24. Jess and Herb Rott says:

    Our love and deepest sympathy to the entire Maddock family. Remember Josh is just out or your physical sight, but he will always be with you in spirit and memories.

  25. Potluck friends says:

    Family and Friends are Forever in our hearts and minds. We know that Josh felt that love in the Maddock family from the first visit to “Disney Land”. As life long friends we have share so much, the potluck gang has been in touch and we are all keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We all wish there was more we could do.

  26. Vicki Glander says:

    Jeff and Kristin,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during the loss of Joshua. May God be with you and your family.

  27. Dakota Air Parts Inc. says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers at this difficult time on behalf of Dakota Air Parts. Josh will be missed.

  28. Kathy and Ross says:

    We are so very sad to learn of josh death! I can see him grinning right now and am smiling back at him. Dear Judi and John I know what wonderful , loving parents you are and were . Josh had a real chance at life with you . Much love. Kathy and Ross

  29. Adam Johnson says:

    John, Judy, Jeff & the rest of the Maddock family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. So many great memories with Josh, Jeff & the rest of our group from the neighborhood. I wish you peace in this time of hurt. I hope Josh is flying free in the heavens above. Take care Maddock’s.

  30. Steve Bond says:

    Beautiful and inspiring words.

  31. Luke Johnson says:

    Im so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of playing Patriots hockey with Josh growing up. He was a great guy and an excellent teammate. I am sending prayers for strength and peace for your family as you celebrate Josh’s life.

  32. Tim Hager says:

    Prayers for the Maddock family in this difficult time. Josh was such an amazing guy. We were all blessed to know him!

  33. Margie and Pat Stoy says:

    We are so sorry about your loss. It is so sad to lose a child; our heart and prayers are with you during this time. If it is any comfort I would say you showed Josh love by your taking him into your home and family that he would never had known if you hadn’t had the courage to say yes. During this Easter Season, I have been thinking of you as I reflect on the taking up the cross. Your suffering is an example of Chirst’s selfless love as you made the world a little better place for a wonderful young man. God bless you. Love Margie & Pat Stoy

  34. Bridger Anderson says:

    Josh I just wanted to say you were a good friend, and I will miss you. Thanks for the experiences, enthusiasm, and character you brought into my life when we were on the swim team. I remember your dorky voice and goofy gestures where you were screwing around and they always made me smile. I remember when we would go to events I would always hang out with you because you had an aura of joy. Here’s to you.

  35. Tom Lee says:

    To Josh’s Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He had a remarkable soul and be greatly missed by you and his friends. I went to high school with his older brother Jeff. Jeff I’m sorry for the loss of your brother. Sending prayers to you all.

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