“Josh” or “Nickel” as he was known to everyone was fatally injured at his work place on September 10th, he lived in a coma for 21 hours before leaving this world on September 11th from Ruby Memorial.
Nickel was a free spirit whose tempo was a beat to his own drum. He had his own way of living life!! He made the most out of every minute. Think of the feeling you have when you get off of work on Friday with big plans for the weekend, or a 16-year-old who just got their license, or walking down the aisle to say I do. Well, multiply those times 10 and that is how Nickel lived every minute.
His antics and his wit were legendary. His ability to not take anything too seriously was contagious. He could make anyone laugh, putting them at ease instantly.
He was, however, totally committed to his family and countless friends. He never met a stranger, he would help anybody, anytime. In passing, Josh gave 5 or more people the gift of a new life, as he donated his lungs, liver, kidneys, heart valves and corneas.
Nickel was taken from us all too soon. This world is a darker place without him in it! We are thankful, however, for the 30 years we shared with him.
God must have taken him so early because he needed Nickel to liven up the place.
Josh will be loved and missed by his family and friends until the day we meet him again.
His spirit will live on in all of us and remind us to live life to the fullest but never take anything too seriously.
We will never forget you.
We love you forever.
Share some of that wine with Jesus.
Nickel was preceded in death by his brother, Travis Nickel and paternal grandparents Paul and Evelyn Nickel.
He is survived by his parents Linda Nickel-Beeman and Karl Nickel.
Sister Krystal Nickel, niece Charlotte Bena, brother-in-law Dave Bena and nephew Oliver Bena.
His maternal grandparents, Tom and Mary Beeman, uncles, Tom Jr. and Brian Beeman, aunts, Narissa and Tara Beeman, Cindy Tracy and many other cousins and relatives.
Nickel is also survived by close friends Jeremy Wilt, Tiffany Miller and their children Rylee and Landin.
Buddies Cody Kimble, Ben Dixon, Jamie Villa, Justin Smith, Michael McGregor, Tyler Stullenbarger, Anthony Gomer and Nickel’s dog Leia.
He also leaves behind countless other buddies and friends.
The family would like to thank the ambulance crew, chopper crew, and hospital staff at UPMCWM and Ruby Memorial.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave, Frostburg, at 1-3 pm on Saturday, October 3rd. Bring a mask, jeans and hats not required but recommended.
A farewell, (trip to Heaven) sendoff will be held the same day beginning at 4 pm at the Midland Fire Hall in typical Nickel style.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Josh’s niece, Charlotte Bena, for a trust, in remembrance of Nickel. May God bless Josh’s soul and all those he leaves behind.