Joshua Michael Thomas

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April 14, 1998 - April 6, 2017
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Joshua Michael Thomas, of St. Peters, Missouri, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the age of 18. Josh was the cherished son of Michael and Suzanne Thomas; loving brother of Caleb Thomas and Katherine Thomas; treasured grandson of Mike and Janet Rolwes, Sue and Jim Herrmann, and Steven and Cathy Thomas; dear great-grandson of William and Billye Niemetz and Audrey Rolwes; cherished nephew of Kevin Rolwes, Denise (Vince) Krekeler, Becky (Randolph) Sawyer, and Leslie Cluney; and treasured cousin of Zak Krekeler, Andrew Krekeler, Alex Krekeler, Zane Krekeler, Caroline Sawyer, Elisabeth Sawyer, Jacob Rolwes, Alex Cluney, and Ethan Cluney. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Lori Rolwes and great-grandparents, William and Norma Thomas and William Rolwes.

Joshua graduated from Fort Zumwalt East in 2016 where he played football, participated in wrestling, track, volleyball, cross country, and drama/theater, and was a member of various clubs. He was a current student at Truman State University and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. He was also a very active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). Joshua was well-liked and a friend to many. He was deeply loved, and will be missed by all who knew him.

In honor of Joshua Michael Thomas, memorials may be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 200 S. Kingshighway Street, St Charles, MO 63301.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Dorothy Owen April 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    candle 1Although I did not know Josh personally, I felt I knew him through his Grandma Kathy. She was very proud of him. Sending praryers for the family.

  2. Alex Bingham April 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    candle 8We’ll miss you Josh. You made the world such a brighter place.

  3. Julie iler April 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    candle 8I did not personally know Josh. I remember seeing the photo of the Truman banner with Mike and hoping I can do yhe same with my son. Truly sorry

  4. Wes Beckman April 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    candle 7I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Josh, he was such a cool kid to talk to and such an amazing person. I will continue praying for you all during this sad time.

  5. Hailey Panek April 9, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    candle 8I went to high school with Josh. He was an awesome guy. I have so many fun memories with him. You will be missed Josh.

  6. Laurie Clarkson April 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I did not know Josh very well, but my son Michael is one of his AKL brothers. My heart goes out to The Thomas family and AKL as they all mourn his passing. I will continue to pray for Josh and remember him fondly, as my son does.

  7. Isaiah Bailey April 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    It’s sad to see someone you grew up with pass away at such a young age. I knew Josh cause he lived down the street from me growing up my whole life. He was a very smart and funny person. All prayers go out to his family.

  8. Kennay Proctor April 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    candle 6Josh was always a bright spirit. He was my escort to my coronation dance my junior year of high school. You always lit up a room. Rest in forever peace.

  9. Jacob Erlitz April 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    candle 8Josh was always something to smile about in high school, we were in theatre class and we would all laugh together, This is a very painful loss. I’m gonna miss you buddy.

  10. Stacie Fortenberry April 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    candle 2To know Josh was to love him. I will cherish the memories of him both at work and at the track meets.

  11. Barbara Geoffroy April 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    candle 1To the Thomas Family

  12. Tammy Abernathy April 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    candle 2Prayer for your family.

  13. Martha Eason Watson April 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    candle 2I am a friend of Becky’s, and I just wanted your family to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for the loss of your precious son.

  14. Rachel Silver April 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    candle 8My heart goes out to Josh’s family. He was the light of our school. He will be missed.

  15. Mary Ellen Whitehead April 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    candle 1I am saddened by this tragedy and pray for your family. I did have Josh in eighth grade where he was a standout in writing. I am honored to have Caleb this year and I will keep him close to my heart and in my prayers. My deepest sympathies to Josh’s family and friends.

  16. John Wilson April 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    candle 5Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to our people in a time of distress and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise: “Ask and you shall receive, Seek and you shall find”. Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick or lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the holy Mass. Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.
    Josh will be missed by his Hibernian Brothers,

  17. Cole Fairchild April 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    candle 8I went to FZE high school with Josh. He was someone truly inspiring, like anytime he entered the room, it got brighter. Pains me to see someone i knew pass so young. Rest in peace Josh. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  18. Rebekah April 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    candle 7Josh was always so loving and accepting of everyone. His spirit and everything about him was beautiful. He was a protector for his friends, and he always looked out for everyone. He is so loved and will be missed so much. ❤

  19. Alyssa Terk April 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Its crazy you’re gone. You use to be my best friend. At a point in time my boyfriend. I remember we both came out the same year. You were so full of love. You are and will be missed and loved.

  20. Taylor To. April 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    candle 2Keep smiling Josh. You were always a great guy. My heart goes to the family and close friends.

  21. Kimberly Johnson April 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    candle 1As I never got to meet Josh. I want to send out my strongest prayers to his mother and family. His mother is a very nice person and hate to see/hear of this and can’t imagine. Please know if you ever need to talk find me through fb

  22. Melissa Bottorff April 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    candle 5Thinking of you & your family in this time. May you find peace & comfort with family & friends in the days, months & years ahead of you. We are with you in thought always. – Melissa, G.R., Parker & Lauren (family of AKL brother Alex Mullins)

  23. Elaine Elmendorf April 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    candle 6I can’t remember a time when Josh wasn’t smiling. He always had something to say, and he always made everyone around him happy. My heart goes to his family, he truly was an amazing and loved person.

  24. Amy Tayon April 9, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    candle 4I know Becky. I am so sorry…..

  25. Vince and Gerry DeClue April 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Mike, Susanne and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  26. Gerry De Clue April 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Mike, Susanne and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  27. Sandi. Swift April 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with those you loved him. May the Saints and our Heavenly Father welcome him with open arms.

  28. Cynthia Barger April 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    I briefly met Josh at the AKL parent’s workday recently. He was a very vivacious young man. You and your family are in our prayers.

  29. Kailyn O'Bryan April 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    candle 7I went to school with you Josh and we were such great friends. It doesn’t make sense for you not to be here. My deepest sympathies go out to the Thomas family. This is such a terrible loss to so many. Josh was truly an amazing person who touched so many lives in such a positive way. I’m going to miss you Josh.

  30. Karen and David Hughes April 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    candle 1Keeping all family, friends and AKL brothers in our thoughts and prayers. Deeply saddened that you have to embark on this difficult journey. We offer you our love and support. Our hearts ache for you regarding this tragic loss. David, Karen and Kenna Hughes (family of Jake Hughes).

  31. Vanessa Reinhart April 9, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    candle 6I did not know Josh personally but I heard stories from my daughter and who talked to him frequently and was a AKL friend. He was well liked and he would make my daughter and others feel important and beautiful. I am so sorry for his beloved friends and family. May he rest in peace in the heavens.

  32. Cindy April 9, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    candle 6My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry you have to endure such pain and questions unanswered. May you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you. You are in my prayers for strength and comfort & peace. I pray with you during the quiet times and when the world moves on, I will remember with you. You are not alone.

  33. Mary Clemens April 9, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    candle 2I am so saddened by Josh’s passing. My heart goes out to his loving family. I knew Josh when he attended DuBray Middle, where he stood out, not only as an excellent student, but as a genuinely good and caring person. I now am also honored to know Caleb and Katherine. My prayers will be with your family.
    Mary Clemens

  34. Janice April 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I did not know Joshua but my son is a student at a Truman also. I am sure the university is heartbroken by the loss of this wonderful young man on campus. May God bless your family and bring you peace.

  35. Lori Farrier April 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    candle 5My heart truly aches for your loss and the pain that you are experiencing.
    May the Lord hold you in His comforting arms and provide you the strength to endure this time of grief.
    I also pray that God will reveal Himself to you in special ways & you will experience His Love in the depths of your heart!

  36. Maggie Herron April 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    candle 7My thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones.

  37. Carol O'Donnell April 9, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    candle 3As a parent who has personally used NAMI services, I am sadden by your immeasurable loss. My heart and prayers go out to you. May God’s strength carry & surround you, your family & friends. Our children graduated in the same FZE high school class. As I hear, he made others feel appreciated & welcome for who they are. That’s an amazing gift.

  38. Nadia Vitale April 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    candle 6You were so bright. You’re light will shine in eternal peace.

  39. Aaron Hyatt April 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    candle 7I do not know whom this man is, but my heart goes out to you. a friend or family members passing is a thing that we all dread and i hope you find closure through these difficult times, may he rest in peace.

  40. Gabbii Spragg April 10, 2017 at 1:26 am - Reply

    candle 7Josh and I became very good friends when I first started at Truman And remained so. My life would honestly be so much different had I not met him. He was wonderful. Prayers for the family and you will be missed Josh ❤

  41. Tammy Townsend April 10, 2017 at 6:17 am - Reply

    candle 2I personally did not know Josh but he was a brother to my son thru AKL. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends. Josh has touched so many lives and will continue to be in our hearts. May God give you the strength and comfort thru these times.

  42. Jim and Barbara Thomas April 10, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

    candle 3Our thoughts and prayers are with you all for peace, comfort and understanding.
    With Love,
    Jim and Barb Thomas

  43. Mae H Wakeham April 10, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Joshua Michael THOMAS May you rest in eternal peace.
    Prayers for your family and many touched many lives and brightened this world.

  44. Bettie Yahn-Kramer April 10, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

    candle 5To all the family—-our hearts grieve for you and with you—we give honor to the bright young man who has claimed his place by the side of our God, at peace in a beautiful heaven~
    On behalf of all of us at St. Charles County Parks, our sympathy and prayers for you…

  45. Bonnie Slone April 10, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    candle 1I did not know Josh personally but know his brother Caleb who I teach music lessons to as well as his mom and dad. What a devoted and loving family he had on this earth. My heart and prayers go out to them.

  46. Claire Rodell April 10, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    candle 3St. Peters and Truman State Greek Life were also homes to me. I send my love and prayer to close friends and family in their time of need.

  47. Carol Sitzes April 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    candle 6My prayers are with all of you!

  48. Rachael Mergenmeier April 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    candle 2My prayers are with you during this time of loss. My heart grieves for Josh and I pray he is at peace. His light was so bright and will continue to shine through every life that he touched.

  49. Mara Stewart April 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    candle 6Rest easy Josh

  50. Mary DiMercurio April 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    candle 1Prayers for strength of the Holy Spirit for all the family. I am so blessed to be able to say Josh touched my life with his smile, kindness, excitement of learning and compassion for others. I treasure the memory of that fine young man in my JET classroom willing to work on any project.

  51. Evan scholz April 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    candle 7Praying for your family. I’m truly sorry to learn about this. Time will pass but the memories never will. The smiles and laughter will return.

  52. ashtyn suttory April 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    candle 8i didn’t know josh personally but i knew of him i’m so sorry for the lose

  53. Nicole Rogles April 11, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    candle 4My heart goes out to your family and I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew Josh through the East High Counseling office and I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Josh was a truly amazing person and such an asset to the East High Community. My thoughts are with all who are shaken by this loss.

  54. Ann Loureiro April 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    candle 7Joshua was in drama with my daughter Leigh Loureiro at FZE. He was loved and will be missed.

  55. Joan Zwick April 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    This life can deal us so many hardships. This is one of the most difficult to understand and come to terms with. When a child precedes us to our next life with God, I don’t think there is ever a way to understand why. The best thing you can do is to pray for God’s peace and comfort. Hold your family close; know you are not alone; Through your son, who s touched so many lives in a positive way, you have done a wonderful job as parents. Take care of each other, know that God is with you. I will pray for you.

    I am the library clerk at FZE.

  56. Karen Hoyt April 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    candle 4To Cathy my dear friend: I did not know Josh, but heard of you talking about him! Truly sorry for this tragedy you & your family and his family have to endure. Many thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. May in time you find the peace and comfort you need to get through all this.
    Love to you,
    Karen Hoyt

  57. Sally April 13, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

    candle 8Im so sorry for your loss. May God fill your hearts with peace. ??

  58. Beth April 13, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    candle 1May God grant you peace during this difficult time. You all are in our prayers. ?

  59. Martin Grant July 14, 2017 at 4:38 am - Reply


    I just happened to read Joshua’s obituary and felt compelled to write. I’m sorry for your loss. I’ve lost parents (I’m 54) but to lose a young man like this is so much worse. I cannot imagine your pain.

    It is my hope that some thoughts from the Bible will bring you some hope, comfort and peace. It was never God’s intention that we should die. When He put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he also put before them the prospect of living forever happy and in good health. (Genesis 1:28)

    Our creator has not given up on that original plan..perfect live on paradise earth…even though Satan, Adam and Eve messed up (Isaiah 55:10-11)

    The Bible tells us that it is Satan who is responsible for death, and not God as some would tell us. (Hebrews 2:14)

    Our creator Jehovah God sent his Son Jesus Christ to ransom us from death and to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8)

    Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me will live though he dies.” (John 11:25)

    With Jesus Christ enthroned as King of God’s Kingdom, resurrection of the dead – including Joshua – and a restoration of paradise on earth is assured.

    It is My hope that until that time comes, you will find hope, comfort and peace in these promises from God.


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