Joseph James Northrup

January 22, 1983February 22, 2013

JOSEPH JAMES NORTHRUPJoseph James Northrup, age 30, died February 22, 2013. He was a loving husband, son, and brother. He was born January 22, 1983, in Lansing, Michigan, to Fred H. and Janis L. (Graham) Northrup, Jr., and graduated from Mason High School in 2001. In his youth, he was extremely active in 4-H. He received his undergraduate Degree at the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering; received his Masters Degree in Biomedical Science from Wayne State University where he was a published author. He also received his Medical Degree from Wayne State University and has since been a Resident Physician with Michigan State University Surgical Residency Program for the past two years. He loved hunting, hockey, fishing, and our dogs. He was preceded in death by Koda, his faithful Malamute companion of 7 years. Surviving are his wife and high school sweetheart, Kendra and two pet Alaskan Malamutes, Miko and Maya; parents, Fred and Janis Northrup; Kendra’s parents, Charles and Robyn Wagonschutz and LeAnn and Shawn LaFay; siblings, Lisa (Dan) Bauer, Ben (Michelle) Northrup, Elizabeth (R.J.) Schutte; sister-in-law Kylie (James) Moots; brother-in-law Tony Terra) Dickson; nieces and nephews Nathan, Thomas, Dustin, Trenton, Meagan, Ricky, Kellen and Mason. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel, Lansing, MI 48911 with The Rev. Royce Allen officiating. The family will receive friends 2-8 PM Tuesday at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI 48854. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Joseph J. Northrup Memorial Fund, c/o Dart Bank, P. O. Box 40, Mason, MI 48854. On-line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Joseph James Northrup

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Barb Groom

April 13, 2013

Dear Northrup family: Dr. Joe took care of my daughter nearly one year ago after a tragic accident. She was full of fear after her surgery, and only felt safe with Dr. Joe. He always took time. He built a relationship with her and taught her to trust. She felt safe when he was around. They shared pictures of beloved pets and, at times, he just sat with her, even though he had a million other places to be. He answered her questions, made her feel comfortable, and was the bright spot during our most difficult time. We are so sad to hear this devastating news of the passing of ths kind, skilled, caring, and good, good man.

Tom "Hoke" Holcomb

March 25, 2013

I just learned from a face book message between my daughter-law Becky Fraser Holcomb and Elizabeth,about the untimely passing of Joe. I would play a tough guy with him in the halls of Mason High School when I was on staff there. He was always the same,funny and smart. He would hang around the Bingo tent at the fair with his sister and mother anxious to play. When he turned 18 and could play, I made him show me his ID in front of all the other players. He was a fun loving kid. I feel for his family,rest assured God makes no mistakes. We all have great memories to hold and to cherish. May God be with Joe's family and his dogs.

jake hanke

March 13, 2013

Kendra im so sorry for your loss! Try to stay strong, there is always a shoulder for you to cry on here...... your in my prayers!

March 8, 2013

Fred, Janis and family, From the bottom of my heart I can't tell you how sorry Iam about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat Graham.

Nicole Droscha (Bauer)

March 6, 2013

Jan, Fred, Ben, Lisa,& Elizabeth-

I have many fond memories of playing at your house with all of you. Joey loved to be outside. We spent many happy days making forts in the cow pastures, playing board games under the stairs, riding bikes in the driveway, and playing kickball on hot summer afternoons. He was quick to laugh and help a friend. I'll never forget his smile. Now he can rest in the arms of the Lord.

March 5, 2013

Jan, Fred and family-We are so deeply sorry to learn of your loss. You have been, and will continue to be, in our prayers. May God watch over you and give you strength on your grief journey. K.C. & Cindy Vincent & Family

Cheryl Quinn

March 2, 2013

Fred and Jan and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kelly Reed

March 1, 2013

I will miss one of the friendliest and funniest residents I have ever met. We know you were too happy to have this happen. You will stay in our memories forever.

Jamie Crowl Haynie

February 28, 2013

My prayers go out to all of you. May The Lord be with all of you and give you strength during this time.

Rick Sparks

February 27, 2013

Fred, my thoughts are with you and your family. No words,.....but, I'm so sorry for your loss. Rick Sparks (capitol excavating &paving)