Joshua Glaus

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Joshua “Josh” Vic-Daniel Glaus, 32, of Freeburg, IL, died Friday, December 13, 2019.

Josh was an amazing example of faith and love to his family and friends. Joshua was a devout Catholic and member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg. Josh was a lifelong resident of Freeburg, Illinois, but lived in New Athens for the past few years. Josh participated in several sports over the course of his life from the moment he was small, including swimming for the YMCA and Freeburg swim teams, t-ball, baseball and football for the Little Knights of the Knights of Columbus in Belleville. He continued his love of sports in high school and played football for the Freeburg Midgets most of his high school career. He graduated from Freeburg High School in 2005.

Josh worked at Osage Marine as a deckhand prior to finding his calling in the Carpenters trade. He graduated with an associate degree in carpentry from Lake Land College in 2015.  Joshua was a proud member of the Carpenters Union Local 662 and truly love the Brotherhood, as well as his chosen profession, because in his words, he could take something from nothing and make it spectacular.

The highlight of Josh’s life was his family, especially his beautiful daughters Carolina and Finley. The light of God shown through him in his love for his girls, which was an inspiration to us all. Joshua was quick to be the person to lean on, the one who would crack a joke in a time when levity was needed, a hug that would rival a hug from his inspiration, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and showing of strength when strength seemed impossible. The unwavering faith and love he gave to us all were exemplary and will be forever missed.

Joshua was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Kiefer; grandparents, Guy Wallace and Raymond and Blanche Glaus; sisters, Tamara Glaus and Kristen Glaus; a niece, Kayleigh Richardson; cousins, Ralph Glaus, John Spieker, Greg Evans, and many others.

Joshua leaves many family and friends behind, including his father and stepmother, David and Margaret Glaus;
two daughters, Carolina and Finley Glaus, and their mother, Mary Alexander;
grandmother, Vicky Wallace; grandfather, James Riskovsky;
sisters and brothers-in-law, Miranda (Nathan) Richardson, and Crystal Glaus (Omar Abdullah);
nieces and nephews, Nathan Jr., Jaila, Joseph, Joy, Manny, Braden, Micah and Jude;
aunts and uncles, Lavon and Richard Wolf, Cheryl and Gil Pannier, and James Riskovsky Jr.;
cousins, Kathy, Laura, Jeff, TJ, Kelly, Ryan Nicole, and Stephanie;
and many others.

Memorials may be made to St Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, or to the family, in the name of David Glaus, for care of Finley Glaus.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, December 21, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 21, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

Burial will be at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery, New Athens, IL.


12 Comments on Joshua Glaus

Lynn Mathes said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2019 at 8:48 AM

I am so sorry for the family and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Peculiar
  • Missouri
Jessica Riskovsky whitehead said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2019 at 4:49 PM

I still can't believe this I'm still in such shock, you could always make me laugh and feel like everything was going to be ok, you were such a kindhearted loving person, a wonderful father, a hard worker, and my favorite cousin, I will miss you so much, save a spot for me in heaven, I love you

  • Granite
  • Illinois
Victor Henley said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2019 at 3:42 PM

My deepest prayers go out to the families.

  • Saint LIBORY
  • Illinois
Dennis Haley said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2019 at 9:56 PM

You were a great friend one hell of a co-worker and always brightened up any room you were in, A great father and will be miss greatly by everyone who was lucky enough to know you . The news of your passing is still so unbelievable and hard to grasp you will forever be missed my friend

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Jim and Pam Hammel said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2019 at 9:29 PM

Dave and family you have our deepest sympathy. No words can express the loss of a child. May God be with you and comfort you until you meet Josh again.

  • Waterloo
  • Il
LaDonna Driver said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2019 at 7:14 AM

Josh this breaks my heart that you have passed My heart hurts. I think of Fin and how lost she will be. I think of your family close or not it stills hurts I wish we could’ve been able to chat more and visit like we had planned. I loved you and your family. You all have crossed my mind a million times since I’ve left Illinois. I was so proud of all your achievements. Once you set your mind to something you went thru with it. You was a good man inside and out. I’m so sorry you had to leave this world so soon. I know you was upset when your mom passed cuz you wanted to spend so much more time with her You two had such a good time and so open with conversation. Now you two are having all the conversation you want to have. Laughing dancing loving in heaven. I’ll miss you kiddo. Watch over your loved ones. RIP josh. Spread your wings and fly high!!!! Love forever

  • Cuba
  • Missouri
Tammy Pruett Roscow said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2019 at 10:56 PM

Josh was such an amazing man and Daddy. His love for Finley was an inspiration to everyone. He loved her with everything that he had. He will be missed by so many. May he find the peace he’s been searching for. RIP ❤️

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Cynthia karnes (niehaus) said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2019 at 9:36 PM

I have known josh since his birth . I was very close friends with his mother and his grandma Vickie . Josh could have been the poster man for fatherhood!!! He loved his children more than life . Loved spending any and all time with his daughters. He was a beautiful soul just trying his best to be a great father and give his daughters the best image of a man and father. Josh had struggles throughout his path in this life and he did his best to become the great person he was . He will be deeply missed by all who knew him . Now he is his daughters angel in heaven and will always continue to watch over those he loved . Rest In Peace josh Love and hugs Cindy

  • Benld
  • Illinois
Emily said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM

I met Josh in 2017 back in Mississippi. He was always the one to give me advice and remind me what i was doing was to better my life for me and my daughter. He had such a sweet soul, and a way to make everyone feel like they had a reason to always keep pushing for a better life we all deserve. They way i saw him love Fin, and the way he talked about her was the purest kind of love. This world is a little less bright without him here. May he rest in peace & I'll always pray for his little girls to remember how much he was in love with them. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends ♡♡

  • Middletown
  • Ohio
Lacy Fulkerson said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2019 at 8:51 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Josh was an amazing person and a great father. I hope that as his girls get older they can remember all the good times they had with him and all the memories they made together.

  • Lenzburg
  • Illinois
Margie Townley said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2019 at 8:48 PM

Our hearts, prayers an love as with you all now. May God wrap his arms around Josh,s family an comfort an guide you all threw this very sad time. The entire community lost a BEUTIFUL soul and wonderful strong friend to all. May Josh rest in peace now with his mamma in the arms of our father. Please except our deepest sympathy to his entire family.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Amanda Huffman said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2019 at 8:37 PM

I'm truly sorry for your families loss you have my condolences you're in my thoughts & prayers

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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