WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Joshua Willis Longsine, 35, died Monday, June 15, 2020, at St. Anthony Hospital in Westminster.

A celebration of life open house is 5-7 p.m. July 2, and will continue from 10 a.m. to noon July 3 at Craig Funeral Home in Minden, Neb.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. July 3 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Axtell, Neb., with the Rev. Christopher Hazzard officiating. Current directed health measures will be followed. The family has honored Josh’s wish for cremation.


Josh was born on March 24, 1985, in Hastings, Neb., to Dan and Linda Hunt. At the age of 7, he was adopted by his father, Craig Longsine of Minden. Josh attended Minden Public Schools and graduated with the class of 2003. After graduating, he moved to Kearney, Neb., where he worked at Cash-Wa Distributing and Thunderhead Brewery. In 2015, he moved to Colorado and found a job he adored at Kokopelli Beer Co.

Some may know Josh as “J-Lo” or “Shortpost.” As a child Josh expressed himself though creative ways. Starting with vibrant hair colors, to piercings, and eventually found his true passion, tattoos. Josh enjoyed baseball and played the catcher position so he could “be in every play.” He also was very good at bowling, which he learned from his dad.

He was known for his kind spirit, his nonjudgmental listening ear, and ability to have fun no matter what. Josh enjoyed the company of his friends. You could call him day or night and he would be there without complaint. He was an avid animal lover and had very special pets, including Chopsticks, Xena, Keno and Murdoc.

Josh truly lived life to the fullest with simple pleasures. He had an uncanny ability to make every person he met feel special and loved. As stated by Craig, “there were always three to four kids in the rumpus room trading cards” and Josh continued to live with three or four people his entire life.

Survivors include his father, Craig Longsine of Minden; grandfather, Keith “Bud” Longsine of Holdrege, Neb.; aunt, Janean and uncle, Warren Hahn of Shelton, Neb.; aunt, Lori Behnken of Columbus, Neb.; aunt, Gail and uncle Larry Hayes of Holdrege; uncle, Russell Wright of Holdrege; as well as many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Longsine; grandparents, Ike and Clara Wright; and grandmother, Marilyn Longsine.

All who are left to mourn his death, we remember the exceptional amount of good memories with Josh. He left behind a clear example of how to love and treat others.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, friends may make memorial donations to http://www.gofundme.come/f/josh-longsine-memorial/donate or can send their condolences to Craig Longsine at 336 S. Colorado Ave., Minden, NE 68959.

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