Joshua Michael Friedrich, 22, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, formerly of Columbia, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, because of complications from juvenile diabetes.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow the service at Fairview Cemetery.
Joshua was born Oct. 10, 1997, in Columbia to John and Stacie Windsor Friedrich. Joshua graduated from Hickman High School as a National Honor Society member.
He was a member of the All-State Choir two times and president of Kewpie Stage Players. Joshua lettered all three years of high school in musical theater and acting. His sophomore year, he received the Rising Star Award, and the next year, he received the PTSA Award.
His senior year, he became a member of the Hickman Fine Arts Hall of Fame, received the Hall of Fame Joyce Walker Scholarship (in theater) and the Outstanding Musical Theater Scholarship. He was a member of the International Thespian Society, Troupe No. 5568.
Joshua was a member of the National Speech and Debate team, winning first in NSDA Districts with his partner, Lily, and traveling to Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He received the award for Advanced Placement for music theory. He performed in over 40 shows with the following theater companies: TRYPS Children’s Theater, CEC, PACE, Talking Horse Productions, Hickman High School, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater, Maples Repertory Theater, TRYPS Institute, Stephens College and Webster University.
Joshua had an amazing musical talent and an overwhelming love of music. He was a people person. He loved doing karaoke and enjoyed the “Bite Squad” job.
Josh loved the city life in New York City, Chicago and St. Louis, but, even more so, he enjoyed the outdoors and being one with nature! He loved hiking on nature trails and camping, spending time with family and friends and going on long car rides to see the sights. He was also an avid video gamer; he loved playing video games with his gamer friends, especially Zelda!
Joshua is survived by his parents, John and Stacie; two sisters, Suzanne Friedrich of Mountain View, California, and Christine Friedrich of Columbia; paternal grandparents, Robert and Louise Friedrich of Boonville; maternal grandmother, Beverly Blackwell of Columbia; great-grandmother Connie Windsor of Columbia; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also survived by his beloved cat, Milo.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.
Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.