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Former Porter resident Joshua Wayne Lawson of Evansville died on Monday, July 5, 2010 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Perham, Minn. He was 32.

Born August 1, 1977 in Valparaiso, he was the son of David and Brenda (Fraley) Lawson. He grew up in the Morris, Minn. area and received his education at the Morris Area Public Schools. On January 1, 2005, Josh enlisted in the United States Army (SPC), serving in Iraq for 15 months. He received the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-wheeled Vehicle(s), CLASP Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star and the Overseas Service Bar. On September 3, 2008, he received an honorable discharge from the Army.

Following his discharge, he returned to Morris, where he lived until 2009. He purchased a farm site in the Evansville area and was currently working on restoring his home with the help of his family and friends. He loved to hunt pheasants and deer, and also enjoyed fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his German shepherds, Angel and Max. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Brenda and Eugene Krosschell of Morris; brother Joe (wife Jane) Lawson of LaPorte; sister Amy (Chris) Richards of Bemidji; nephews Pierce, Truett and Wesley Richards of Bemidji; and niece Syrena Felty of Lake Village, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his father David Lawson on March 12, 2007 and his grandparents Ted Fieffer, Charles Lawson and Shirley Lawson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at the Morris Evangelical Free Church in Morris, with Neil LaRoux officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be held at a later date.

Military honors will be provided by the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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Posted 7/8/2010