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Joshua Meriah Tripp

Born: Wed., Aug. 28, 1974
Died: Fri., Mar. 8, 2019


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 22, 2019
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Mar. 23, 2019
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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Frenchtown - An extraordinary man died last week: On March 8, 2019, Joshua Meriah Tripp, 44, went down with his logging helicopter near Port Angeles, Washington. Josh was tireless, compassionate, and magnetic. He gave incredible hugs that wrapped you up in warmth. He listened in a way that made people feel seen. He never hesitated to tell someone how much he loved them. Born at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California on August 28th, 1974, Josh grew up in the Bitterroot Valley. He attended Stevensville Schools and graduated in 1992. Josh was known for his entrepreneurial spirit and started a lawn mowing business when he was eight years old. He became the youngest person to receive a loan from First State Bank, leveraging the funds to buy a four-wheeler to expand his paper route. As a teenager, Josh built houses. He started a power washing business. After returning from his mission with the LDS Church in San Diego, he bought a logging truck from his dad and ran a successful operation for many years. Later, he became a highly-respected seasonal flood insurance claims adjuster, a position he held in addition to running his own self-loader logging truck company, raising young kids, and, when a conversation with a fellow logger/pilot piqued his interest, learning to fly. A skilled pilot and inspiring leader, Josh flew a logging helicopter for R&R Conner Aviation of Darby, Montana, and became its chief pilot in 2013. Last July, Josh proudly took flight in his own helicopter as the founder and president of Iron Eagle Helicopter. He had realized his dream and was doing what he loved when he died. Josh leaves behind the love his life, Rachelle, and six strong, capable and kind children: Kyleigh, 23, Eylissa, 21, Myles, 19, Ayden, 16, Ellyana, 14, and Braden, 13. Josh was a devoted father, brother and son. He taught his kids about the value of family, a strong work ethic, respecting others and how to play. Whether it was hunting, fishing, or swimming with dolphins on a family trip to Mexico, Josh knew how to take a step back and truly enjoy the moment together. His last few years, spent with Rachelle, his children and his family, were the happiest of his life. Josh is preceded in death by grandparents Harry and Betty Tripp; Harold and Claire Johnston, and his Aunt Diane Hamm. He is survived by his wife and children; parents Darrell and Lorie Tripp, sister Alesia Randall and brother-in-law Todd, brother Chad Tripp and sister-in-law Brionn, niece Bailee, nephews Evan, Ryan, Chase and Shea, and the many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will miss him, every day. A visitation will be held at Whitesitt Funeral Home on Friday, March 22nd, 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., and a funeral service will be held at the LDS Church in Stevensville on Saturday, March 23rd, 1:00 P.M., burial will follow immediately after at the Carlton Cemetery in Florence. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Log Jam, Inc. (the Montana Loggers Association) at P.O. Box 3193, Kalispell, MT 59903.

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Pat Pfau
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
Darrell, Lorie, Alesia, Chad, Todd, and Brionne, and kids,
There are no words to express our heartbreak and sympathy into words. We loved all the great memories we shared with your family. Watching Joshua, Alesia, and Chad grow into such fabulous yoiung adukts was truly a pleasure. All the camping trips, trips to the lake are great memories. Josh loved the lake. He loved skiing, fishing, and tubing. We remember when Josh was a young boy sleeping in our boat at Como so he was always first to be ready to fish or ski. We love you Joshua and will cherish his kind and loving smile forever. Our prayers are with you all Darrell, Lori, Alesia, Chad and your families.

Love you always.
Pat, Jim, jaime Pfau Praast Christa Pfau LeCoure, Hank Praast, Craig LeCoure and families.

Al and Nancy Kopszywa
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
Our hearts go out to all of you and pray that all the heartfelt words have eased your grief. We continue to hold you up in prayer and hope all the precious memories bring you some comfort.

Kim Murray
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
Darrell, Lori and family~ We were so saddened to hear about Josh, and we want you to know that we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Praying you can feel God holding you close to His heart, and that all your wonderful memories of Josh, and knowing how many people love him and you, will help carry you through this time. All our love~ Bob and Kim Murray

Mike and Kathy Whitman
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
Darrell and Lori, we are very sorry about the loss of your son Josh.
We send hugs and prayers to help you through this very tough time.
Mike and Kathy Whitman

Linda Giammona-Eggers
   Posted Sun March 17, 2019
Dear Darell and Lori,
My heart is broken by your great loss! May our Father God wrap you all in His loving arms as you grieve Josh. I pray that your faith sustains during this time and your loving memories gently hug you tight.
Love and Prayers,
Linda Giammona-Eggers

Brenda Reid
   Posted Sun March 17, 2019
Tami, hugs all around the family. We are with you in spirit.

Billie Jo and Jerry Popovice
   Posted Sun March 17, 2019
Our most sincere condolences to the entire Tripp Family on the loss of Josh.

Jeannine R Davaz
   Posted Sun March 17, 2019
My Friends, you have been heavy on my heart and in my prayers often. It is with deepest sympathy I write you today. I have no words to express the shear sorrow that is weighting my heart down for your loss. I remember Josh as a teenager, probably the last time I saw him, but I can say what a profound impact he had. Even as a young man he was full of kindness and his heart was sweet and gentle. I wish I had known him more. The loss of your son is just so awful and I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I was unaware of Josh's family and my heart aches for his wife and children. I pray Jesus wraps you all up in his loving arms and comforts you in this most awfullest of times. Hugging you from afar. Your Friends, Jeannine & Neil Davaz

Kathy and Dale Dufresne
   Posted Sun March 17, 2019
We feel fortunate that we shared time with Josh during his school years and now to hear about all he accomplished, it is impressive. We share your sorrow and send hugs, good thoughts and prayers.

Theresa Johnston
   Posted Mon March 18, 2019

EXPRESSION OF LOVE EASEL was sent by Ralph .

Our world has lost a very special and wonderful person. He will be forever missed.

Theresa Johnston
   Posted Mon March 18, 2019

Thoughts for the Lonely Nights: A Conversation About Grief was sent by Ralph .

Dennis Nelson
   Posted Tue March 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Meeting Josh, I knew that he was a good man. I'm sure that he would have fit right into the family.

Uncle Dennis

Sheldon and Suzanne Vernon
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019
Darrell and Lorie and family,
No words can adequately describe what We feel for your family right now. We pray that God holds you tight and walks with you moment by moment. Josh is in our hearts forever. What an outstanding man! Love to all of you.

Fred and Denny Guenzler
   Posted Fri March 22, 2019
Dear Rochelle,
I would like to express our Deepest sympathies for your loss. Josh was truly an Amazing man and it was with Great pride that I consider him a friend! There's nothing anyone can say to ease your grief or the kids orJosh's families sense of loss. God spoke to me a long time ago that I was to help Josh through what I could; and it was with pride I did so! Josh was amazing how he never quit and that is the lesson he can still teach us all! His smile would light up the room and when he spoke of you All he beamed!!!
May your emptiness be filled with Jesus' compassion and Love!!
Fred and Denny Guenzler

Jeff and Jodi Hunt
   Posted Sat March 23, 2019
We are heartbroken for all of the families. Josh was such an amazing character. We have such fond memories of him as a young man. So personable and eager to live life to its fullest. Bless you all.

Maria Phillips
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
Lorrie and Family,

I am so sorry for you great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Maria Phillips

Sally Berland
   Posted Sun March 31, 2019
Lorie and Darrel.....Our hearts were saddened when we read the news of Joshua....Keeping the Tripp Family in our prayers.....Our sincere Sympathy and know God's love will be with you as cherish memories of Josh.....Berland Family

   Posted Mon April 01, 2019
To the Tripp family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that soon God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4) May this promise give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathies.

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