Joshua Keith Fortkamp

October 10, 1982 ‒ December 13, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Joshua Keith Fortkamp, 36, of Delaware, OH passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, December 13, 2018 at his residence.

On October 10, 1982, the most wonderful human being was born in Athens, Ohio to Margaret “Peggy” Fortkamp. He had a smile that could light up a room and any heart in it.

Though he dealt with extreme pain for the last 25 years, he kept on trying to fulfill his dream of a more peaceful world and relief of the suffering.

Josh started his journey in Athens, Ohio where he attended River Valley Community School for 5 years and then a year of home schooling before graduating from Athens High School. Thanks to scholarships and other gifts of help, he was able to attend Ohio Wesleyan University for 3 years studying in Philosophy, Religion and Asian Studies.

Josh embraced the Catholic faith, becoming Catholic and a part of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware.

He will be sorely missed by his mother, Peggy Fortkamp; aunts, Terry Fortkamp (who was also his godmother), Betsy (Don) Eischen and Angela Fortkamp; uncles, Tony (Shirley) Fortkamp and Gene (Grace) Fortkamp; godfather, Skip Coppola; father, Keith Jones; numerous cousins and so many friends also survive.

No words can describe the pain felt by his mother and if anything, Josh would want us all to help others and live our lives in peace and kindness.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where celebration of life services will follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Josh House officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. Rose Cemetery.

Contributions in Josh’s memory may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses or to Josh’s favorite charity – The Prem Rawat Foundation, Food for People Program.

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  • So sorry about your loss! Josh will be greatly missed! He was always so kind to everyone! It has been a pleasure knowing Josh!

  • I remember Josh as a young boy on my husband Bob’s baseball team here in Athens. I am truly sorry for your loss, Peggy. I know your heart is broken.

  • Peggy My heart goes out to you at this very difficult time. God works in mysterious ways. Ways we will never know. His plan for Jaush must have been completed and is life on earth complete. God is likewise going to give you the strength to get through this. Have faith and trust that God will see you through. Not that he won’t test your faith and your strength. REMEMBER GOD GIVES US NO MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE. Love to you at this time from. Me and my family

  • I an so sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. I will always consider him a dear friend and will greatly miss him. My heart goes out to Peggy and all of his family. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

  • Peggy, although I did not know your son, My heart aches for you. He sounds like a wonderful young man. I’m sure his heart was as loving and kind as his Mother’s. Miss you my friend! Hugs and prayers are with you!

  • I’ve been Joshes friend for 5 years. I was his HHA aide for 3 years. I admired his courage, kindness, and hopefulness. Even though he endured almost constant nagging and debilitating joint pain for most of his life, He never became bitter or angry over his problems. Instead, He almost always seemed happy and hopeful.
    He was always searching for God. He studied most of the major religions of the world trying to find Him. I guess They found each other. The last time I talked to him on the phone, he asked me to say a prayer with him. We said the “Our Father” together.
    I believe the reason he had such a positive outlook on life was that he had a wonderful caring mother who would never let him give up. So he never did.

    One of Josh’s good friends,
    Mike Rericha

  • Hi Peg,
    I read the obituary in last night’s paper. We have two sons about the same age…can not imagine the heartache of losing either of them. Although I didn’t know Josh, I know that he was a young and beautiful soul, may he rest peacefully.
    I’ve thought about you and Terry a lot over the past few years, spent some time in the Hocking and Athens area. On occasion I’d go into one of the art shops and pick up some of Terry’s work. You were both so talented. May God bless you!
    Eternal rest is good!

  • Dear Peggy, I was so sorry to learn about Josh’s death. It is so hard to lose a child.
    I cannot imagine the empty spot in your life and heart. We will be praying that God will give you the strength to go on. A day at a time or hour by hour. You can be sure that this “old neighbor” cares about you and your family.

    Janie and Phil Luebke

  • Dear Peggy, I’m so sorry & sad to hear of the passing of your son, Josh! Knowing you, I’m sure Josh was a wonderful person who will be dearly missed! My heart goes out to you with love & prayers during this heartbreaking time! May Baby Jesus bring you His peace during this Christmas season plus the days, weeks, months & years to come🌲
    Mary Lou (Meier) Broerman