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 www.rennerfh.com.
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.