Joshua Taylor Betthauser

July 6, 2001January 3, 2020
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Joshua Taylor Betthauser passed away suddenly at his home in Friendswood, Texas on January 3, 2020. He was born on July 6, 2001, in Nassau Bay, Texas. Joshua was a gift from God to his parents Mary Ann Dillehay Betthauser and John Betthauser.

Joshua grew up in Friendswood. A senior at Friendswood High School, Joshua participated in football, wrestling, and powerlifting. Other interests included writing poetry, reading, and psychology. Joshua loved to draw as well. He looked forward to graduation.

As a member of Troop 445, Joshua participated in the Scouting program, as well as Sea Scouts. He enjoyed improving his boating skills. Joshua embraced the Scout Oath of duty to God and country. Joshua was very patriotic, loved the flag and what it represented. He loved Wreaths Across America. His love and respect for the military sparked a desire to become a marine and fight for his country.

Joshua had a kind heart. Quietly he gave community service, particularly during Hurricane Harvey. He helped with high water rescues and cleanup. When a tornado came through his neighborhood, Joshua cleared drains in spite of pouring rain and floodwater.

Over the years Joshua enjoyed traveling with his mother, and particularly loved the mountains in Colorado where he hoped to eventually live. They hiked together, attended many University of Houston football games, and recently took a special trip to New Orleans where a memorable photo was taken under The Tree of Life. Like that tree, Joshua holds a special place in the heart of his mother, father, and all those that love him. He will forever be missed. Only the Balm of Gilead can soothe and heal us as the song states, “When your soul was full of sorrow, Balm of Gilead did you borrow….” We have been promised, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:18)

Joshua is survived by his mother, father, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents James and Gladys Dillehay, and Mike and Marge Betthauser.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, 77598. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:00 am at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 with interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to any BBVA branch in Joshua's honor. The name on the account is Mary D Betthauser and the account number is 6780106539. Cash and checks are both accepted. If writing a check, you can write " In honor of Joshua" on the memo line.


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  • Mason Miller
  • Noah Howard
  • Sean McEnery
  • Dylan German
  • Micah Parker
  • Clayton Pettit


  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 10, 2020


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John Betthauser

January 11, 2020

From John And Gaby Betthauser,

I would like to personally thank each and every person who viewed this memorial page , and or who attended the services for my Son , Joshua .
As the huge amount of support of family and friends came in and helped us thru this very difficult time . Your awesome hugs and kind words Helped us in our darkest hour.

And to all the special people who warmed our hearts sharing your loving experiences that included Joshua .

May God bless you , and even though the only person in the world who called me Dad , is gone from this Earth , we can all look forward to seeing him once again , in a better place some day !

Please keep Joshua’s memory in your heart , and as we continue onward in our lives , carry with us the energy that Joshua put into all that he did ..

Thank you !!


Karen Williams

January 11, 2020

Oh my goodness , dont know where to begin I remember we prayed in church for your parents greatest gift. YOU!!I remember the day they brought u to church and we were all so excited to see you and meet you , u were such a gorgeous handsome little being. I have had the privledge to watch you grow and turn into the sweetest cutest little fella u were in my Sunday School class and my Bible school classes during the summer and I will never forget you. You were a shining star among all my kids. I loved teaching you and spending the time with you. I'm just heart sick that you are gone so quickly but I suppose that's Gods plan for you. Your mom adored you , but of course u knew that and she will never stop loving u she has a void in her heart that can never be filled. Just know my world is a better place cause I got to spend time with you and I will always cherish those Bible school summers. U fly high and rest in the arms of Our Father. Know that you will always, always be dearly loved and missed. God bless you and your parents.

With deepest sympathy
Karen Williams

Dee Bynum

January 9, 2020

Mary Ann,

Our love goes out to you and your family.


The Bynum’s
Dee, David, Abbie and Aidan

Helen and Rudy DeLosSantos

January 9, 2020

Mary Ann,
Please let us express our deepest condolences. Josh was such a nice and polite young man. We will miss seeing him waving whenever he saw us.
I remember him coming around selling popcorn for Boy Scouts and wanting to get the top sales. He was a very good salesman. I sure you are so proud of him. We will praying for your family and especially you for healing and peace.

God Bless 🙏
Helen and Rudy DeLosSantos and family.

Samantha Eubanks

January 9, 2020

Mary Ann,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your sweet Joshua. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know him. His smile could light up the room and I could always count on him for a witty sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers for peace and love to you and your family.
Much love,
Samantha Eubanks

Mary Ann Betthauser

January 9, 2020

My dearest Joshua,
I miss you so much already! I hope you know that you are my heart and soul! I love you with every fiber of my being! When I yearned for a child, God blessed me with the most beautiful gift - He brought me you!
I don't know why you had to leave this earth so soon but I know that God had a plan that is bigger and better! I know you are in His loving arms and free from the stresses of this world. Kiss Granny and Pawpaw for me!
I know in my heart that you have visited as a butterfly several times. You have your wings and are free from all the burdens here on earth. Everytime I see a butterfly I will think of you!
Love you forever and always,

Jan Masters

January 8, 2020

I remember Jason and Noah an Joshua playing together when they were little..

I’m so very sorry for your loss .. I can not begin to imagine what y’all are going through..
I will be praying

Jan Masters
Jason mom

Sue Zapf

January 8, 2020

Sweet Joshua,

I remember the pure joy on your mom's face, you were a miracle from God! I enjoyed watching you grow up with my Joshy in preschool and beyond in Friendswood schools and with CJ during cub scouts in Pack 442. One of our favorite memories was your "Construction Birthday Party", your mamma turned your yard into a big sand tower and ya'll had fun digging and driving tractors! You always had a kind heart, sweet smile, and a wealth of information about many things-I remember you always telling us how something worked! We will miss you dearly and we know you are embraced in God's arms keeping a safe watch on your mom from above.

Maryann, we are sending many prayers and hugs and know God is your rock and he will hold you close through this difficult time.

With Love, Sue, Joe, Joshua, and CJ Zapf

Turn-About Ranch

January 8, 2020

We are so grateful for the time we had with you and will cherish the memories made with you on the Ranch. Your quiet leadership and deep insights positively influenced both staff and student alike. Your sense of humor lifted all of us. Thank you. You are forever a part of the TAR Family and we are all better for it. You were blessed with loving parents and we wish them comfort and peace as they mourn your loss. May we all have our hearts filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as we celebrate your life and positive influence.
Many Prayers,
Your TAR Family

Joy Talbert

January 8, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this sad news! Sons are do special! You see, I had two great sons who lived to adulthood. Then in a span of 11 years each one passed unexpectedly!

You can live after this, but it’s not easy!

If after you all have a chance to settle in and want to share and talk to me, please call’my number is 281.992.3505!

My heart hurts for you!