|Birth: ||Apr. 18, 1985|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 2009, Afghanistan|
Sgt Joshua J. Rimer of New Sewickley Township, Penn., was born to James H. and Donna J. Rimer. He graduated from Freedom Area High School in 2003. He had been in the Marching and Concert Bands where he played the Trumpet. He was also in the Drama Club and had many lead roles in the plays. Josh loved sports and played them well, Soccer and Baseball being his favorites. He attended New Sewickley Presbyterian Church and was very active in the Youth Ministry there. Josh enlisted in the Army after graduating High School in August 2003. He went to Ft. Leonardwood, MO for his Basic Training exercise, graduating November 2003. His first assignment was to serve in Bamberg, Germany, January 2004. He was then deployed to Iraq in February 2004 for 13 months where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to Germany to complete his tour as a Colonel's driver until August 2006. Upon his reenlistment he was stationed at Ft. Carson, CO and was promoted to Sgt. October 2008. He was then redeployed to Iraq in February 2009.. On his birthday he was moved to Afghanistan. There he worked in construction of the Military Installation of their Base. Josh volunteered to run clearance with the PSD. There, he gave the ultimate sacrifice and was awarded another Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a TRUE HERO! Josh married his beautiful wife, Annalisa, in September 2007. They loved life together and were best friends and partners. They loved to take long rides through the mountains, especially if it were snowing. He enjoyed hiking, biking, walking, rock climbing, and loved to swim and Jet Ski. His plans were to buy a Harley Davidson upon his return home so he and Annalisa could ride together. Josh always appreciated and respected life. He felt content and appreciated at work and this meant a lot to him. He is survived by Glenn and Carolyn Wright, Gary Wright, Frank, Karen and Richelle Fuller, Kathleen and Cory Dulaney, Darlene Rimer, Brian and Dana Long, and Ron and Amy Nichols. Joshua was killed in action at age 24 while on a mission in Afghanistan. Josh was cremated and his ashes were divided between Colorado and Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
El Paso County
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jul 23, 2009
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