Joshua Charles Brennan

Joshua Charles Brennan Joshua Charles Brennan, 22, was killed Oct. 26th in a combat mission in Asadabad, Afghanistan. Joshua was born May 30, 1985 in El Paso, Texas to Janice Gates, Ontario, Oregon and Michael Brennan of McFarland, Wis. Joshua attended high school in Ontario, graduating in 2003. He spent his summers living with his father in McFarland, Wis. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper with the renowned 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade. This was his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Joshua was awarded the Bronze Star for valor during his first tour of duty. He also received a Purple Heart after being shot in the leg in August 2007. Joshua is survived by his mother, Janice [Jason] Gates, Ontario, Ore. and his father Michael Brennan [Michelle], McFarland, Wis. He is also survived by his brother Robert; Sisters Jessica, Brooke and Courtney, Ontario; sisters Christina and Brittany of McFarland; his grandparents Chuck and MaraLee Stoffers, Concord, Calif.; Victor Baker, Carson City, Nev..; Mary Ellen Brennan, Fitchburg, Wis.; Diane Richel, Madison, Wis.; and Jim [Ann] Richel, Marshfield, WI Other survivors include uncles and aunts Laurie Summers, Parker, Colo. and her two children, Audrey and Charlie; Aaron Stoffers [Lydia], Oregon City, Ore.; and son Jack; Jill [Salama] Stoffers, Monterey, Calif.; and very special friend Jared [Niki] Cutler and daughter Alex, of Ontario. Terry [Laurie] Lewallen, Goshen, Ind.; John Brennan, West Allis, WI.; Joe [Laurie] Brennan, Slinger, Wis.; Mindy [Lloyd] Phillips, Belvidere, Ill.; Melissa Richel, Waukegan, Ill. Joshua is also survived by many cousins, special relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Brennan. Viewing and funeral services will be held at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 900 N.W. 7th, Fruitland, Idaho. Joshua's body will be available for viewing on Friday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. The funeral will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a reception at the Ontario Elks Lodge, 20 S.W. 3rd Street, Ontario, Ore. .Joshua will be laid to rest in McFarland Wis. Condolences to the family may be made at The family asks that contributions be made to the Sergeant Joshua Brennan Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers and gifts. The fund has been set up at the Associated Bank, 5220 Farwell Street, McFarland WI. 53558. The gifts will be donated to military charities such as the USO and college fund for children of soldiers who died in the service of their country. Joshua died a hero to his family and comrades in arms and his country. He will be dearly missed.

Published in Idaho Statesman on Nov. 1, 2007