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Josh Dewane King
Date of Birth3/2/1978
Place of BirthSidney, Montana
Date of Death3/3/2013

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In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Richland County Ambulance Service or a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral service for Josh King, 35 of Sidney is2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the Richland County Event Center with Pastor Vicki Waddington of the Lonsdale United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be in the Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, MT under the direction of the Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney.

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I was very sorry to hear about Josh. He was truly a great guy and a very giving person. I had the pleasure to meet Josh through his cousin Kristan....

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Josh lived as a “shaper of lives.” He excelled in his life’s work as a remarkable son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, and cousin. With an open heart, he welcomed his large extended family, diverse friends and a variety of community members into his life. Josh gave endlessly, but was empowered rather than diminished by his giving.
Josh Dewane King was born on March 2, 1978 (six minutes after his brother Justin), in Sidney, MT, to Judy Albin and Gary King. He attended People’s Congregational Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He grew up and attended school in Sidney, graduating from Sidney Senior High School in 1996.
At the young age of 12, Josh began his career of health care, volunteering his every free moment at the Extended Care Facility. Although these candy striper hours were unpaid, Josh devoted himself to caring for others as if it were his full time profession. Josh also worked at Video Hot Spot and The Depot during high school. He attended MSU Billings for a semester before moving back home and completing training as an EMT for Richland County. Josh was then awarded the Svarre Foundation scholarship to attend paramedic school at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, ND. He would attend school Monday through Thursday and then every weekend return home for work at the Depot and was on-call for the EMS service. He earned his Paramedic certification in November 1999. Josh then worked in Lame Deer, MT for 5 years, driving there for his 48 hour shift and then back home to Sidney to work as an EMT. Josh was the EMS Director from July 6, 2006, until the time of his death. He volunteered on the committee for the Relay for Life from the time it began in Sidney in 2003. He had a special dedication to this event to honor his sister, Jen who passed away from cancer in 2002. Josh was on the board of the Richland County Community Foundation. He also served on the Montana Emergency Medical Services Association (MEMSA) board in Helena. Josh worked very hard to make the EMS system better locally, regionally, and statewide. Josh was an amazing leader, but never considered himself a ‘boss,’ telling his staff “I’m the same as everyone else, we are a family.”
Josh enjoyed traveling, socializing, music, cooking, texting, Mountain Dew, shopping, helping others, quotes, Patrón tequila, and living life. He was respectful toward everyone without passing any judgment. Josh made friends everywhere he went with his loving personality and his infectious smile. He traveled all over the United States as well as Australia, Switzerland, and New Zealand. He was a skilled paramedic, saving the lives of many. He often received thank you notes from caring families. Josh was such a proud uncle. He stopped to see Ethan and Sara daily from the time they arrived into the world. He always said he wanted to be their favorite uncle and be sure “Josh” was one of their first words. Josh had an incredible gift with people of all ages.
Josh passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Sidney Health Center.
Josh is survived by his mother, Judy Albin; his father, Gary King; his brothers, Justin (Katharine) King, Jason (Patti) King; his sister, Kim (Bert) Suko; his grandmothers, Ethel Albin and Ann Bauman; nieces and nephews, Ethan, Sara, Dominique, Daniel, Alia, Cheryl and Shelby; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents, Verner and Polly King, David Albin; sister, Jennifer; uncle, Mike Sergent; cousin, Chris Albin; pets, his cat, Nermal and dog, L.W.
Josh shaped the character of so many. The influence of his spirit is woven into the whole community. Death ends a life, not a relationship. We will love you always.
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