Funeral services for Josh Gilman, age 24 of Verdigre, Nebraska, will 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Oyate Oyanke Community Center in Santee, Nebraska. Spiritual Leader Rick Thomas will officiate, with burial in the Holy Faith-Hobu Creek Cemetery north of Lindy, Nebraska.
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Oyate Oyanke Community Center, and continue until the time of services on Friday, with nightly wake services held at 7:00 p.m.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara is in charge of arrangements.
Josh died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Avera Creighton Hospital in Creighton, Nebraska.
Joseph Joshua James Gilman, best known as Josh, was born December 5, 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Sherri Coffman. Josh journeyed into the Spirit World on June 10, 2012, at Avera Creighton Hospital in Creighton, Nebraska, with his family and friends by his side. Josh was a gentle giant who thought he could beat the world. He loved children and it was very rare to see him without a child by his side. Josh also loved working for his grandfather, Clement “Tuffy” Mackey.
Josh is survived by his girlfriend, Juanita Coffman; mother and step-father, Sherri and Delray Coffman; and brothers, Stephen Gilman and Shawn Coffman.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Beverly Stimple Ross; grandparents, John & Clara Gilman; great-grandmother and great-grandfather, Margaret and Otto Stimple; great-uncles, Al, Bill, and Ray, and Wendell and Robert Gilman; great-aunt, Rosie Debord; baby sister, Heavenly Leigh Angel; and his great-aunt, Mary.