It is with profound sorrow and much love that we announce the passing of Joshua Henry Burchinal, a cherished husband, father, son, brother, and friend, on December 21, 2023 at the age of 45 years.
Josh was born on August 15, 1978, a day that brought a bright, loving soul into this world. Josh's family moved to Bismarck where he attended elementary school until 1990. After grade school, they moved to Dickinson, and he attended and graduated from Dickinson High School in 1996. During his high school years, he was active in the Civil Air Patrol, and not long after graduation joined the U.S. Army. He served as Specialist First Class and was honorably discharged in August 1999. Josh married Missi Johnson on June 27, 2003. They raised four kids: Caleb, Jacob, Mikayla and Makenna. Josh was their biggest supporter at hockey, volleyball and dance. At the present time, he enjoyed working at Associated Pool Builders. Josh worked as he spent his life sharing his passions and love with those around him, touching numerous lives with his warmth, humor, and generosity. An avid enthusiast of astronomy, hockey, and painting, Josh found joy in the beauty of the universe and the canvas, often sharing these passions with his beloved family and friends. Josh leaves behind a loving family who cherished every moment with him.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Missi Burchinal; his sons, Caleb Hansen and his wife Samantha, their children Aspyn and Eastyn; and Jacob Hansen and his significant other Lakken Remmick; his daughters, Mikayla Hansen and Makenna Burchinal; his mother, Gay Ann Haadem; and his brother, Uriah Burchinal, his wife Bobbie, and their children Taylor, Alyson, Katelynn, and Christopher.
He was predeceased by his father, Michael Burchinal; brother, Ezra Burchinal; father-in-law, Lowell Ray Johnson; cousin, Trent Haadem; uncles, ElRoy Haadem and Tilman Haadem; grandparents, Carrol & Darlene Burchinal; Roy & Gladys Haadem; Omer & Irene Johnson. Josh's memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.
Josh was not just a family man but a beacon of joy and support in his community. He did not hesitate to share how proud he was of his family and would jump on any opportunity to aid his loved ones. His athletic, creative, and driven nature was paralleled only by his immense caring and supportive spirit. His ability to tell jokes and captivate an audience was incomparable, making every moment with him memorable and joyous.
A Remembrance and Prayer Service to celebrate Josh's life will be held at Parkway Funeral Service in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Thursday, December 28th, 2023, at 11 AM. The service will be followed by a lunch where friends and family will gather to remember Josh and the love he shared with everyone. His legacy will continue in the lives he touched and the unconditional love he shared.
Josh lives on through the gift of organ donations and was able to grant approximately 160 Christmas wishes. The family would like to thank Josh's co-worker Mike for giving them additional time with Josh; CHI Staff, especially Dr. Shay; Katie; Michelle; Jeremy; Dr. Hyde; Life Source; Mayo Clinic Transplant Center; and Metro Ambulance. Josh, you will be deeply missed, and your spirit will forever and always be with us!