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Joshua Nitz

After a series of life's struggles and personal battles, Joshua Eugene Nitz, born July 11th 1980, passed away the morning of September 12th, 2013.

Josh had a unique and inherent spark. He carried himself with enviable confidence and zeal. He radiated warmth and energy, and was, quite simply, a great deal of fun to be around. He treated people like they were important. Those who came in contact with Josh couldn't help but notice his generosity, and willingness to give of himself and his possessions for anyone who might be in need. He cared for others genuinely, in a way that didn't seek recognition or attention.

His sacrificial spirit was best demonstrated during his time serving our country. After graduating from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, he went on to serve as a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army. Josh was deployed to Kosovo and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Josh was a decorated veteran who served his country with tremendous courage. He embodied heroism and possessed the spirit of a warrior and sought a life of adventure.

With the loss of Josh Nitz will come hearts that feel broken and rooms that feel empty without him. He is loved and grieved deeply.

He is survived by…his grandparents, (Gene and Carol Nitz, and Millard and Wanda Piatt); his mother, (Lynn Piatt-Nitz); his father, (Mark and Cindy Nitz); siblings, (Matt and Sarah Fleshman, Caleb and Hannah Nitz, Zac and Alyssa Nitz); his fiancée, (Shannon Orr Bradley); two nephews, (Tru and Henry Fleshman); aunt and uncle, (Mike and Amber Johnson); cousins, (Justin and Daniel Johnson, Jordan Ekert, and Michellene Piatt).

The calling hours will be Sunday, 9/22, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Church- Bath, located at 754 Ghent Rd., Bath, Ohio, 44333. Funeral Service will follow at 5 p.m. Pastor Robert Combs from Grace Church will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.wondedwarriorproject.org)

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 15, 2013
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