Joshua J. Cheeseman

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011

Lifelong Soldotna resident Joshua J. Cheeseman died Dec. 31, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 20.

A celebration of his life will be at a later date.

Joshua was born May 29, 1990, in Soldotna. He was a senior at Soldotna High School in the Special Education Department.

Joshua loved the outdoors, going on walks, swimming, bowling, fishing, camping, music, especially loved spending time with his family, going on road trips and going on his many airplane rides. He also loved listening to all his wind chimes.

"As many people thought rather than me teaching Joshua, it was him who taught me more than I could have ever dreamed of teaching him," his mother said. "The most important, which was the true meaning and depth of loving and accepting others unconditionally, being grateful and unselfish. Joshua had so many gifts and talents of which he gave so freely and lovingly. He had a huge impact on all those people he came into contact with. He will be greatly missed and forever loved."

Joshua was preceded in death by his uncle and aunt, Billy and Becky Hendrickson.

He is survived by mother, Sherie A. Cheeseman, of Soldotna; father, John P. Cheeseman, of Anchorage; sisters, Jessica L. Cheeseman, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Jamilyn E. Cheeseman, of Soldotna; grandparents, Patricia E. Hendrickson, of Anchorage, Loran F. Hendrickson, of Wenatchee, Wash., Joe and Lettie Cheeseman, of Oklahoma; aunts, Mary J. Davis, of Anchorage, Connie Finnigan of, Olympia, Wash., Vicki Purk, of Ohio, Paula Harak, of Oklahoma; uncles, David Davis, of Anchorage, Loran D. Hendrickson, of Anchorage, and Mike Cheeseman, of Kansas; a nephew, Ryder Lageson; and numerous cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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