Posted 4/24/13 (Wed)
Joshua died on Tuesday evening, April 16, 2013, at his residence in Watford City, N.D. Funeral services were held a 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at First Lutheran Church in Watford City. Pastor Rob Favorite officiated and interment was at Schafer Cemetery in Watford City.
Joshua John Kitzmann was born Sept. 1, 1991, to Jay and Joan (Jorgenson) Kitzmann in Bakersfield, Calif., at the Memorial hospital. He was born the day after his dad’s birthday. He lived with his parents and big sister, Samantha, in various cities on the western coast of the United States until 1996 when they moved back home to Watford City. There he enjoyed being out on his grandparents’ (Dale and Barb Jorgenson) ranch east of Watford City until he started kindergarten in Watford City.
Joshua was a very outgoing young man and made friends easily. Josh’s friends that he made remained his friends his entire life for he cherished each and every one of them.
Josh’s interests lay with hockey which he started playing for the Watford City Oilers at the age of seven and played through grade school and high school. He attended high school until the age of 16 and ultimately completed by receiving his GED.
He belonged to the Keene Lucky Leaf 4-H Club and he competed in horsemanship with his horse, Taz (short for Tasmanian devil). They were quite the fit, both stubborn and hard-headed. Taz was determined to buck him off and Josh was determined not to let it happen. They were a perfect match.
He enjoyed four-wheeling and driving through the biggest and messiest mud and snow banks with his 1996, 7.2 diesel pick-up, that his grandparents bought him. He said he always wanted a pickup like that. While driving by the pickup before it was purchased, Josh said that the pickup picked him out; he was very proud of what he had.
Josh had one of the biggest German Shepherd dogs you have ever seen, named “Bear” and he is a bear. Josh was Bear’s human and he was the biggest lap dog ever. Bear now lives happily with Josh’s grandparents on the ranch.
At the time when Joshua John’s life ended, he was residing with his mother, Joan, in Watford City.
Joshua is survived by his mother, Joan Kitzmann of Watford City; sister, Samantha Kitzmann of Watford City; nephew, Deagan Liedtke; grandparents, Dale and Barbara Jorgenson of Watford City; uncles, Tim (Sue) Jorgenson, and their children Shane and Clay, Tom (Teresa) Jorgenson and their children, Chris, Seth and Shelby, Jerry (Dani) Kitzmann and their children, DJ, and Tammy, and Kim (Mary Ann) Kitzmann; special friend, Savannah Norton along with her three children, Jasiah, Ayla, and Maleah; and many, many friends.
Joshua was preceded in death by his father, Jay Morrie Kitzmann; and grandparents, Elsie and Donald Emch.
Joshua, you are missed beyond words and you were loved SO BIG, my boy. I give you hugs and love. You are a beautiful soul never to be forgotten. You touched the hearts of everyone who knew you. The war is over I’m glad you found some peace, RIP, my boy, we will be together again someday. LOVE, MOM.
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