Joshua J. Brewer

December 18, 1972September 29, 2020

Joshua Brewer, age 47, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, September 29, 2020. He was preceded by his father, Daniel Brewer.

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Mackenzie (Michael) Zachman; mother, Justine Brewer; siblings Jason (Katie) Brewer, Emily (George) Grix; granddaughter, Elliott Zachman; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Josh was a registered nurse for 26 years, serving in the emergency department where he was honored with the Emergency Care Specialist Customer Service of the Year award. Most recently, he served families with Faith Hospice. Nothing made Josh happier than cooking for his family and friends. He loved playing cards, watching sports, and making his friends laugh. Most of all, Josh loved being Kenzie’s dad, and a grandpa to Elliott.

Visitation with Josh’s family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2020, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Jones Cemetery, Dorr, MI. Chaplain Galen Meyer will be officiating. Please bring your own chair to the graveside service; masks will be required while maintaining social distancing.

In honor of Josh, contributions may be made to Elliott Zachman’s college education. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, October 8, 2020


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Monica Mikowski

October 8, 2020

Josh had a heart as big as the whole outdoors and he used every bit of it to love his family, daughter, friends and patients. I worked with him for at least 10 years at the famed Butterworth ED back in the day. Josh had a way of helping all of us congeale to work like a well oiled machine amidst the chaos and make it through the day despite the tragedy, sadness and just plain overwhelming nature of the volume of patients we saw with their variety of ailments. It may have been through his confidence, tremendously good sense of humor or just the knowledge he had your back, it worked.
I am sure he brought the same to the places he worked after Butterworth too. We are better off having known him.
I hope his family is healing with the knowledge what a gift of an individual they gave the world. I am sure he is resting in heaven peacefully. Until we meet again Josh.

Alicia Van Goor

October 8, 2020

I remember one year I got to go with Uncle Josh and Kenzie to his work Christmas party at Skyzone when we were pretty young. I remember so vividly, Uncle Josh was driving us home on the S-curve and Marcy Playground "Sex and Candy" came on the radio. He cranked the radio and sang along to it it so loud- almost scream singing it- dancing in the drivers seat with us girls giggling in the back seat. That, hands down, is my favorite memory of Uncle Josh!

Ed Silverthorn

October 7, 2020

To the family, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I haven’t spoken with Josh in recent years, but I have one memory I’ll never forget. I was a freshman, so Josh must’ve been a sophomore. JV football, green and white uniforms. Josh wore red football cleats. I don’t know the reason why, but it always kind of told me that he wore them because he liked them and he was his own guy. I respected that. That was such a long time ago. I’m so sorry to hear of Josh’s passing.

Gregg Relyea

October 7, 2020

Three things I will remember about Josh.

1. He was a great nurse to work with. He was always easy going and fun to work with but when a sick patient came through the door, he was all business. A true professional. Many learned from him, even more respected him and his talents.
2. You never saw Josh alone at work. People gravitated to him. Nurses, doctors, techs , patients.... people wanted to just to be around him. To laugh,joke, and share stories.
3. Josh was more than a father, he was a dad. He’s one of the few guys I worked with that I could share dad stories with. About every shift he would share news about his daughter, his love of his life. He was so proud to be a dad and I was so happy to be able to share in the joy of his stories.

Rest In Peace Josh.

john deveau

October 5, 2020

You Will Be Missed Josh! You helped so many "cut their teeth" in emergency medicine. Because of your skills, so many of our patients and medical professionals are better off for it.

Matt Emery

October 4, 2020

Very saddened by this news. Josh and I worked many, many midnight shifts together at Butterworth and every single one I was glad to see he was there. Skilled professional, positive attitude, great sense of humor, resilient, just everything you could hope for in an EM nurse. This is hard news to take. My condolences to his family.

Nancy Rach

October 3, 2020

I remember Josh best as a little toddler with curly blond hair out at the church camp. What a cutie and so long ago! You all are in our hearts and prayers during this time. Joy in the journey with Jesus, Tom and Nancy (Poling) Rach

Lisette Wilson

October 3, 2020

I worked with Josh at Mary Free Bed. I always enjoyed our walks to "check the weather ." We shared a lot in a little bit of time and became friends instantly. I feel he was that way with everyone. He was a kind spirit. I am heartbroken he is no longer here. Thank you Josh for having an impact on my life, professionally and personally.

Susan Warkoczeski

October 2, 2020

Josh and I worked together at Mary Free Bed Hospital. He was a wealth of knowledge and a much appreciated resource in any emergency situation. I enjoyed having him around and appreciated all the times he made me laugh. He would speak of his daughter and new grand baby and his face would just light up. He was full of pride and love for them. I valued knowing you Josh and will miss you very much. God Bless.

Mildred Schmaltz

October 2, 2020

Josh was friends with my nephew George Grix.
During high school days, they would sometimes come to Buchanan and visit with my daughter Katy. My memories of Josh is of a quiet, kindhearted lad, a really good kid. My heartfelt condolences to his family and also to his friends. May your grieving be short and your memories be long.


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