Sgt. Joshua Karup completed his final mission Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Born into this life on March 14, 1989, he became a wonderful son, brother, husband, dad, friend and soldier. He was a United States veteran of the Iraq War, having served his country under the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment. His smile and outgoing personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His ethics and loyalty were surpassed only by his drive and ambition to help others. He was always there with a laugh and a helping hand.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James A. Gates, Melvin O. Culbreath and “Happy” Karup; and great-aunts, Kay Hillard, Margaret Phillips and Sylvia Fox.

Josh leaves behind to mourn his passing his wife, Jessie Karup; his children, Jensen Fox, Abby Karup, Owen Karup, Aubrey Karup and Andrew Karup; his mother, Karen Karup; his sister, Makayla Pate; his brothers, Kevin Conard, Hunter Karup and Dawson Karup; his grandmothers, Dorothy Gates and Barbara Culbreath; aunts and uncles, Debbie and Ernie Stuart, Cynthia and Randall Freeman, James Gates, Jennifer Brenner and Jeff and Shannon Karup; his father, Jonathan Karup; and many cousins, family, friends and co-workers who are too numerous to mention but who were loved deeply by Josh.

Special appreciation to Josh Crabtree who was a loyal brother, friend and coworker until the very end.

Receiving of family and friends will be 4 – 7 p.m., Thursday, July 22 at Manes Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday July 23 with burial at Union Cemetery immediately following.

Arrangements by: Manes Funeral Home

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