Joseph Andrew VanRaden


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2006


  Joseph Andrew VanRaden

Joseph Andrew VanRaden

Former Kasilof resident Joseph Andrew VanRaden died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, from injuries sustained in a pedestrian-automobile accident near Palmer. He was 15.

A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Kenai Community Seventh Day Adventist Church with a funeral service at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Pastor Brad Traxler will officiate.

Joseph was born July 29, 1990, at Riverview Hospital in Crookston, Minn. He lived on the family farm in Fertile, Minn., for six months before the family moved to Alaska. He grew up in the Kasilof area and attended Tustumena Elementary and Soldotna Middle schools for a short time before moving to Palmer in 2003.

His hobbies and special interests were hiking, bike riding, hunting, fishing, track, choir, weight lifting and spending time with family and friends.

Joseph enjoyed being around construction work and heavy equipment. He ran his grandpa Milton’s Caterpillar D-8 bulldozer and was amazed by the power and how easily it moved earth. He also enjoyed being with his dad, operating the asphalt plant and starting up the plant for production at Northstar Paving and Construction in Soldotna.

“Joseph had many friends he grew up with, like Moses and Joe. His closest friends say they will miss him. He had a huge heart and could made you laugh until you cried. He trusted and believed in God and wanted to be baptized at the Kasilof River this summer,” his family said.

“He was the light of our lives, a happy young man and will be missed forever. He was a supportive person, positive, funny, cheerful and loving. He had the most beautiful heart and we will miss him and love him forever.”

Joseph was preceded in death by his grandparents, Milton VanRaden, Wanda Wilson and Harold and Melba Dowdall; great-grandpa, Bill Wilson; great-grandma, Adelle Wilson; and aunt Dorthy VanRaden.

He is survived by his great-grandmother, Easter Sapp of Fort Smith, Ark.; grandparents, Gloria VanRaden of Kasilof and Bill and Kay Wilson of Nevada, Mo.; father and stepmother, Jim VanRaden and Zenaida Fredrick of Kasilof; mother, Debra VanRaden and significant other, Todd Koberstein, of Palmer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jonathan and Nikki VanRaden of Soldotna and James and Becky VanRaden of Kasilof; aunts and uncles, Debra and Samuel Strange of Kasilof, Melissa and Harold VanRaden of Kasilof, Michelle and Jesse Mcintyre, John David, Wilson Kristopher, Clay Wilson, Bill Wilson III, Bill and Roger DuJording and Polly and Andrew Dockery, all of Nevada, Mo., Allisa Silvers and Mike Compton of Kansas City, Mo.; niece and nephew, Jesse and Alyson VanRaden of Kasilof; and cousins, Jessica Volk, Brandon and Shane Chaffee and Bradley, Mindy and Jennifer VanRaden, all of Kasilof.

A memorial fund has been set up in Joseph’s name at First National Bank. Those wishing to donate may go to any First National Bank of Alaska and reference account No. 70394424.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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