Joshua passed away suddenly on Friday, June 3rd, 2022, in Montgomery, Illinois. He was 17 years old. Josh was born on April 11, 2005 in Naperville, Illinois. He was the only child of Julie and Frank Meares, half brother to James Bryan Meares.
Always exploring, building, and creating, Josh amazed everyone with how smart he was at such a young age. He loved trains and building train tracks all over the house. He loved to dress up as a fire fighter or police officer. Josh loved animals and loved volunteering at the local animal shelters. He spent many happy weekends cleaning cages and caring for the animals there. He loved his cats, Rock & Music, and his dogs Rona & Storm. He enjoyed years in Cub Scouts, guitar and cello lessons, and acting class. He was on the Oswego High School Football team his Sophomore & Junior year. Josh loved football and all his teammates. So much so that he joined the track team to improve his football skills, but ended up falling in love with pole vaulting. He was proud to be able to compete in several track invitationals during the last season.
Joshua was keenly interested in the world around him, and was extremely handy and artistic. He enjoyed Shop Class, where he constructed his own bed frame this last year, which he was very proud of. He always had a plan for everything, and had a variety of goals that he wanted to achieve. He wanted to join the Electrical Union after High School, like his Uncles Eric and Neil, and become an Electrician. He enjoyed computers, and built his own gaming PC with his Uncle Dan when he was in Junior High.
Joshua is preceded in death by his father, James Franklin Meares. He is survived by his mother, Julie Meares and on his mother's side by His Grandparents John & Lori Stadtherr. His Uncles Eric Stadtherr (Rocio Hualda Stadtherr), Daniel Stadtherr (Amy Kallenberg), and Neil Stadtherr (Shawna Stadtherr). His cousins Stephanie Stadtherr, Joseph Stadtherr, Sutton Stadtherr, Brody Stadtherr, Andrea Stadtherr Hualda, Bryant Waring, and Alex Stadtherr Hualda. On his father's side he is survived by his Grandmother Betty Meares, Aunts Gloria, Rhonda, and Kim, and by his brother James Bryan Meares.
Visitation will take place Tuesday, June 14th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home 1120 S. Broadway Montgomery, Illinois. Celebration of Life service will begin at 11:00 a.m.
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