Joshua S. Orbeck

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Joshua S. Orbeck

Joshua S. Orbeck, 36, of Richmond, formerly of Benson, died Thursday, July 27th, from complications of cancer, surrounded by his family, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 2nd at the Catholic Church of St. Boniface in Cold Spring. Visitation will be from 4-8:00 pm, Tuesday at the church and continue one hour prior to his service at the church. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville.
Joshua Steven Orbeck was born Dec. 2, 1980 in Benson, the son of Steven and Cheryl (Radermacher) Orbeck. He attended St. Francis Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Benson High School in 1999. He was a Boy Scout and ultimately earned his Eagle Scout in 1998. Josh worked as an EMT for Benson Ambulance throughout college where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science and his Master’s in Criminal Justice from Saint Cloud State University. Josh was hired by Saint Cloud Police Department after graduation where he worked for 6 years before attending the State Patrol Academy in 2014. Josh began his new career on the road as a State Trooper in Windom, and transferred back to the St. Cloud District in 2015.

Josh married Natasha Jefferson on July 14, 2012 in Saint Cloud and they welcomed a beautiful little girl, Amelia, in February of 2015. They planted roots and built their first home in Richmond in August of 2016 where they fell in love with the small town and their wonderful neighbors.

Josh had a passion for the outdoors whether hunting, fishing, camping or just reading a book around the fire. He was a man of little words but his actions always proved how deeply he loved those dear to him. He spent his life serving others and inspiring everyone whom crossed his path. He was a listener, a fixer, and a silent leader who always put others first. He had great one liners and a smile that could light up a room. He had a calm that could make all of your troubles feel small and a warrior’s heart. He was a trooper in every aspect of the word and will be missed as deeply as he loved.

Josh was diagnosed with Leukemia in June 2016 and received a bone marrow transplant four months later thanks to Be the Match. It was through this solution to cancer that more problems arose. Josh was deemed Leukemia free in February of 2017 but fell ill 2 months later due to Graft vs Host disease of the lungs. His lungs were severely damaged and after a multitude of therapies his lungs grew too weak. He stayed strong and fought hard but God called him home despite many prayers to keep him here on Earth.

Josh is survived by his wife, Natasha, daughter, Amelia; parents Steven and Cheryl Orbeck; sister Angie (Adam) Hortsch; niece, Nilah and nephew due Sept 2017; In-laws and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and brothers and sisters in blue.

Preceded in death by grandparents Casimir “Cap” and Dorothy Weller, John Radermacher, Joseph and Marie Orbeck; Uncle Richard Radermacher; and Cousin Travis Radermacher.

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