Joshua Michael “Josh” Beekman

January 12, 1987 ‒ September 04, 2021

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Joshua Michael “Josh” Beekman, 34, of Mount Gilead, lost his long battle with addiction on September 4, 2021.

Josh was born on January 12, 1987, at Morrow County Hospital to parents Jack and Jodie (Benson) Beekman. He graduated from Northmor High School in the Class of 2005.

Growing up, Josh loved to be outside, hunting, fishing, playing baseball, and camping like the pioneers used to live. His love for the outdoors continued into adulthood. Spending time hunting in the woods and being on the water fishing made him happy. Most recently, he found a new joy in blacksmithing, making beautiful knives. He spent most of his adult life working as an electrician where he attained apprenticeship status.

Josh is survived by his parents, Jack and Jodie Beekman; siblings: Jeffery (Veronica) Beekman, Jessica (Andrew) Massie, Jeremy Beekman; maternal grandparents, Walter and Karen Benson; paternal grandfather, Raymond Graves; nieces: Leah Beekman and Ayla Massie; nephews: Jeffery Beekman Jr. and Ethan Massie; close family friend “Aunt Becky”, Rebecca Gattshall; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Vessie “Newt” Beekman and Geraldine Graves.

We are very saddened by Josh’s death but find peace that he is no longer plagued by his addictions.

No services are planned, as that is not what Josh wanted. A small celebration of life will be held for those closest to the family at a later date.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Josh’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Jodie, Jack & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Grab hold of those great, wonderful memories & hold them close to your heart as they are what is needed & comforting in the Days,weeks, months ahead.

    Sending Live & hugs your direction!

  • Karen & Walter,
    So very saddened to read of your grandsons passing. Sounded like it was such a gifted young man. Thoughts and prayers for you and his family at this time. May he rest in peace.

  • There are never words enough to express the sorrow we feel when a loved one leaves, but please know I’m praying for all of you. I pray that you may find comfort and peace through it all. I love you!

  • Jack, Jodie, and Family,

    I have so many wonderful memories of Josh! My heart breaks for your loss. Holding you all in prayer.

  • Jodi, Karen, Walter, and family we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we will be sending hugs and prayers your way.

  • Oh, Jodie and Jack , tears came to my eyes when I read this. You are in my thoughts and prayers. And I am just around the corner …..

  • Jack, Jodi and family, Mike and I are heartbroken for your loss. Addiction is too often an unwinnable battle. Certainly you loved him so much and we pray for good memories to flood your hearts. With love.

  • Dear Jack and Jodie,
    I am so sorry to read this about Josh. He had such a gentle soul and was so kind hearted.
    Prayers for comfort and peace now and in the days ahead.
    Bonnie Drake

  • Our hearts are absolutely broken for you all. We love Josh and that will never change.
    Please find peace in the days ahead…he’d want that.

  • We are speechless, can’t imagine losing a son our hearts go out to you both during this time and you’re in our thoughts and prayers if you need anything give us a call love Phil and Anne Kilgore

  • So sorry for your loss, Josh sounded like he had many talents and loved by many. He will be missed by many
    You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Jack, Jodie and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Praying that you all may find comfort and peace.
    Chad and Lorri Richards

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