Obit: Joshua Aaron Fitzwater

Joshua Aaron Fitzwater was born June 12, 1982, to Ronald and Caroline Fitzwater, in Rolla, Missouri. He was a beloved husband, brother and son who went home to be with the Lord on October 10, 2009.
Joshua’s life was a life of service. Joshua was a very active youth in the Assemblies of God Royal Rangers program, attaining the Gold Medal of Achievement by age sixteen at the Bolivar First Assembly of God, in Bolivar, Missouri. His service in Royal Rangers was a direct result of his personal relationship in Jesus Christ. He enlisted in the Army Reserves his senior year in high school, later completing his basic and advanced training after graduation. While enrolled in college, Joshua’s reserve unit, the 459th Transportaion Unit, was called to active duty for deployment to Iraq in January, 2003, to serve for 19 months.
While on leave from Iraq, Joshua met his future bride Melissa Rae Cunningham of Rogersville, Mo. After returning from service, Joshua and Melissa were married on May 19, 2007.
He completed his education, graduating from Missouri State University in May, 2009. Joshua was diagnosed with cancer in September 2006. This, his bravest battle in life, eventually took its toll. Joshua fought hard against this enemy, even until the last day. Joshua is survived by his wife, Melissa of Springfield, Mo.; parents, Ronald and Caroline of Pearland, Texas; sister and her husband, Carrie and Jason Williamson; and niece, Jayna of Richmond, Texas; and brother Luke of Gastonia, N.C. Joshua is also survived by two grandmothers, Jewel Fitzwater of Greenville, Ohio, and Iona Cloyd of Wellington, Ohio; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Joshua will also be missed by his extended family, Ronald and Raelean Cunningham, Travis and Heather Bass; niece Rachel; and nephew, Braden, all of Rogersville, Mo.; and many friends.
The funeral and visitation will be in Greenlawn Funeral Home East, 3540 East Seminole, Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday, at 11:30 a.m., with interment in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, in Springfield, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, a person may donate to the Joshua A. Fitzwater scholarship fund. Send donations in his honor and name to Greenlawn Funeral Home.

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