Homer resident Mr. Josiah James Tholberg, 29, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, from a work related accident.
A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the Carol Bock Hall in the Ninilchik Fair Grounds in Ninilchik. Graveside services will follow the funeral services at the Ninilchik Cemetery. A gathering will follow at the Inlet View Bar in Ninilchik.
Mr. Tholberg was an equipment operator and mechanic for East Road Services in Homer.
"Joey was welding on a loader bucket when it rolled on to him and took his life. Coworkers and EMS tried to revive him but his injuries were too severe. Joey had recently moved to Homer and was quick to make many friends including his wife. He was a friend to many throughout Alaska and Oregon. Joey was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding dirt bikes and snow machines. Joey loved tearing into engines, getting dirty and drinking cold beer," his family said. "Growing up in a small town like Ninilchik, Joey touched many lives. He was someone you could always count on for advice, from the seasoned local to the passer by; Joey was always willing to lend a helping hand. You may have never met Joey, but chances are if you were a resident of the greater Oil Well Road region of Ninilchik, at some point you most likely heard the mighty roar of Joey's snow machine or motorcycle rev by. Joey's personality was much the same, a giant roar for those that crossed him, a gentle whisper for those who loved him, and an even more humble word for those he felt he had wronged. His laugh was infectious, as was his smile. Joey was known for his antics and his sense of humor. He was a joy to be around. Joey's last months in his life were filled with peace, with a newlywed wife, a child on the way, and a sense of love from all who surrounded him."
"One blink, one instant and you were gone, Too fast, too soon, too much for me to bear, Never again will you walk through our door You are gone from this life. But you will never be gone from our hearts, every piece, God rest your soul dear Josiah, you will be missed," his wife said.
Mr. Tholberg is survived by his wife, Becky Tholberg; sisters, Jennifer Wardas, Alexis Lambert, and Kassandra Statorrd; brother, Andrew Tholberg; step-mother, Linda Tholberg; parents, Susan Quick and Douglas Tholberg; and countless others.
The family suggests that memorial donations may be made in memory of Joey to Becky Brewer Tholberg at any AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union.
Arrangements made by Homer Funeral Home.
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