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“In 5th grade, Joshua and my son Levi had just finished the P.E. program and Jenny and I decided that we wanted a picture of the boys together. The...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Robin Waldroupe - Shawnee, OK

“I will truely miss Josh he was one of my best friends. I remember when Josh made up his own language which he called Joshaneese. He was a great...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Michael Pexton and Family - OK

“Josh was a great student and wonderful role model for his fellow classmates a Tecumseh Middle School. His friends, his teachers, and I will truly...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Kinsey - Tecumseh, OK

“U well b messed dearly ur beautiful smile well live on, it was nice havin u as neighbors r.I.p. ”
4 of 33 | Posted by: micki ramirez tramble - tecumseh, OK

“Silvia, I am so sorry for your loss of Roy, Jenny and Josh. My deepest sympathy for you, Trina, Brooke and Jenny's family. My thoughts and...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Ruth Barry - Marquette, MI

“Josh you will truly be missed, you were such a wonderful and caring big brother to Brooke. You were Daniels best friend and brother. You were such a...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Nancy Freeman & family - Tecumseh

“Dear Kato/Ekdahl family, We are truly sorry to hear of your tragic loss. We are respecting family wishes & not sharing this information with your...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility Staff - MI

8 of 33 | Posted by: LISA BROWER BENOIT - ESCANABA, MI

“Josh was like my little brother. He would be watching tv in his room or playing the Wii. He enjoyed playing outside with his sister. I would help him...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Traci Damron - Tecumseh, OK

“Josh I remember when we went swimming, when you persuaded me to jump off the high dive. Now God has persuaded me that you will be safe and sound,...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Alexandra Bivens - tecumseh, OK

“Josh was a good young man, always kind and gentle, very protective, and a very well mannered boy, he was a good soccer player and loved being in the...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: virignia edwards (ginger) - OK

“What an amazing little guy he was. One of the sweetest kids I know. Josh was the light in both Roy and Jenny's eyes. He came into the world and...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Stephanie LaChance - Gwinn, MI

“Will be praying for the family. ”
13 of 33 | Posted by: Diane Anderson - Tecumseh, OK

“Josh will be missed by many. ”
14 of 33 | Posted by: Donna Bennett - Tecumseh, OK

“I had the pleasure of having Joshua in my kindergarten classroom. He always had a smile on his face. He was a positive and caring individual. My...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Tonya Nielsen

“Thoughts and prayers go out for all of you Josh... you were a great young man and such a great example for all young boys.. God has a plan for you...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Tammy - macomb, OK

“My son tyler roy would like to send his condolences to family.He will miss him at school and remember playing soccer games against him. He wil be...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Frances Roy - Tecumseh, OK

“Josh was always smiling. When you were having a bad day he would make you laugh. He was always ready for choir. He was a very smart and loving child....Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Dusti Neal - Tecumseh, OK

“You will be greatly missed Josh, Aunt Momo loves you very much. ”
19 of 33 | Posted by: waldroupe, robin - Shawnee, OK

“Josh we're going to miss you in youth group buddy! You was such a Nice little boy, always had a smile on your face. And you knew so much about the...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Robert - Shawnee, OK

“Josh, I miss you very much. Today I spent most of the day going through pictures, and the first picture I found of you, was you in Brooke's pink...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Julie Bivens - Tecumseh, OK

“Our Thoughts and Prayers for Peace, Comfort, and Understanding are with Brooke and the rest of the Family and other Close Friends, It is never easy...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Crystal, Keith, Dravin, Bradin, Autumn and Corbin Bowie - OK

“Josh, thank you for everything you have brought to us. I enjoyed the time I got to coach you as both a Phoenix and as a General. You will greatly be...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Anaya Jenkins II - tecumseh, OK

“rest in peace <3 ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Matt and Tiffany Tate - Tecumseh, OK

“Josh was a great friend and singing with him in choir was great he will be missed ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: dakota - tecumseh, OK - friend

“i dident know him that well but i knew him from lexi his cuzin he was a good boy and even though i dident know him that well i know he alwas tryed to...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: twila grooms - tecumseh, OK

“I remember Josh at Camp Hiawatha with Grandpa Joe and helping Cookie in the kitchen. He would come down to the waterfront to swim,always with a big...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Heidi Ettenhofer - Wells, MI

“Rest in peace Josh. We will always remember you camping with Pack 505 ”
28 of 33 | Posted by: Mark Stauber - caspian, MI

“I met Josh thru soccer. My son, Anaya, was his coach. Josh and my grandson, AJ, alternated as goalie and was good friends. He was a very intelligent...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Cindy Jenkins - Oklahoma City, OK

“Rest in peace Josh. ”
30 of 33 | Posted by: Cindy Baker - Skandia, MI

“RIP sweet angel ”
31 of 33 | Posted by: toni halbritter - belgrade, MT

“I had Joshua in my 3rd grade classroom. He was a caring, soft spoken boy, who loved being a big brother. I am filled with great sadness after his...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Rachel Tassler

“Although we never met there is sadness in my heart for this young man, and his family. Love to all Myra and Dave ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Myra. VandenheedeDmickyv - MI

Joshua P. Kato, age 13, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born June 8, 1999 in Ishpeming, MI to Roy & Jenny (Erickson) Kato. Josh was a Junior High school student in Oklahoma where he was involved in choir, soccer and boy scouts. He was quite involved in community service. Josh was very active in his church where he belonged to the youth group. As an older brother, Josh was very protective of his little sister, Brooke. He was a very good student and was even taking college courses at his young age. Josh will be remembered for his good natured "happy go lucky" attitude in life and a big smile to go with it. Survivors include his sister: Brooke Kato, Merrill; Paternal Grandmother: Silvia Kato, Merrill; Maternal Grandparents: Joe & Sue Erickson, Skandia, MI; Paternal Great-Grandparents: Larry & Marianne Ekdahl, Merrill; Paternal Great-Great-Grandmother: Bernice Ekdahl, Manistique, MI; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal Grandfather, Mike Kato, Maternal Great-Grandparents, Alfred & Bessie Erickson and Charles & Naomi West, and a Step-Great-Grandmother, Imagene West. Services will be held 7 PM Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Freddy McMillen will officiate. Friends may call from 4-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park in the spring. A Memorial Service will be held in Skandia, MI at a later date. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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