Joshua  Sperry

Joshua Sperry

Saturday, October 23rd, 1971 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Joshua (Josh) Marc Sperry of Spanaway, Washington passed away April 25th, 2020 at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Josh was born on October 23, 1971 in Vallejo, CA. He moved with his parents Donald and Carolyn Sperry and brother Caleb to The Dalles Oregon in 1976 where his parents currently reside.

Raised on a farm on the outskirts of The Dalles, Josh grew up spending his time learning to work the farm. Josh was an athlete and he loved being outdoors. He spent much of his childhood hunting and fishing with family and friends. He was even known to capture a rattlesnake or two. An active member of their church at the time, Christian Missionary Alliance, Josh grew up with a strong faith that carried him through his life. He graduated with honors from The Dalles High School in 1990 where he also lettered in wrestling and football.

Josh worked with his good friend Sheldon Ayers the summer after high school on a farm east of The Dalles. At the end of that summer he left The Dalles to go to college at Linfield in McMinnville, Oregon where he earned a BS in Science with a focus on Biology.

Josh joined the U.S. Army in July of 1995. He received training as a Diagnostic Imaging Technician. From there he was stationed in Germany with a short stent in Italy. He then returned to the U.S. and was stationed at Fort Hood inTexas. Shortly after the birth of his daughter Leah, he was transferred to Fort Sam Houston in Texas. While in Texas he received his commission as a Nuclear Medicine Science Officer. Once commissioned he received his first assignment in Honolulu Hawaii at Tripler Army Medical Center. After being stationed in Hawaii for three years he transferred to Fort Knox Kentucky where his two younger sons Bradley and Jacob were born. He then transferred to Joint Base Lewis - McChord in 2008 where he retired as Major in 2014.

Josh is survived by his children; Austin Nathaniel Laster age 24, Leah Renee Sperry age 21, William Bradley Sperry age 15, and Jacob Ryan Sperry age 14 all of Spanaway, Washington. Parents, Donald and Carolyn Sperry of The Dalles Oregon. Brother Caleb Sperry, Niece Bella Sperry and Nephew Grady Sperry all of Hood River Oregon.

A memorial service is being planned for a future date at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles. The family plans to select a date once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and there is no limit on the amount of people gathering together. They thank you for your patience, there will be an announcement made once the date has been selected.

Visit to view additional information or leave a note of condolence for the family. In lieu of flowers there will be a memorial fund set up with Camp Morrow (go to and use the donate tab) to donate to the Cabin Fund in Joshua Sperry’s name. Checks may also be made payable to Camp Morrow with Joshua’s name on the memo line they can also be sent c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center Celilo Chapel (204 E 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058).

The family of Joshua Sperry would like to say a special thank you to the incredible show of love, support and prayers they have received during this time. “Our community and church friends in The Dalles, Josh’s classmates from high school and college, coaches and teachers in The Dalles, military friends and coworkers in Tacoma, the Madigan hospital staff, the hospital staff at St. Joseph Medical Center CHI Franciscan, and Josh’s neighborhood family in Spanaway. Your continued love and care have been a beautiful example of the hands and feet of Jesus in our lives. We greatly appreciate you all.”

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 8th, 2020 |
    Friday, May 8th, 2020
    Anderson's Tribute Center - Celilo Chapel
    204 E. 4th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    However, in light of executive orders from the State of Oregon regarding public gatherings being limited to a maximum of 10 people we are asking that friends call (541) 296-2600 to set the time they would like to visit.
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 |
    Saturday, May 9th, 2020
    Anderson's Tribute Center - Celilo Chapel
    204 E. 4th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    However, in light of executive orders from the State of Oregon regarding public gatherings being limited to a maximum of 10 people we are asking that friends call (541) 296-2600 to set the time they would like to visit.


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Laurel Lease

Posted at 04:09pm
On this Memorial Day, May 25th, one month after your untimely departure to meet your Savior, Wayne and I salute your life and your service to our country. Many have fallen in battle and yet, we continue to war against the evil perpetrated in the hearts of men and women by our demonic adversary. You fought well, Josh, and will receive a reward at the great white throne of Judgment Day from our King Jesus the Anointed One. May your legacy continue in your children and children's children until those who are left fighting the GOOD Fight see King Jesus return the Final Day to deal with all wickedness once and for all! It's difficult to be comforted during this season of sorrows, but may those who knew you be inspired to reflect on their own battle and receive the comfort of knowing King Jesus as their Redeemer and Friend who will never leave or forsake them. Father God desires a personal relationship with each one and may your well lived life show them the Way, the Truth, and the Life through giving up their own life to Jesus and make Him their own Savior. May all your prayers be answered. Be BLESSED! Laurel Lease

Bill and Cameron

Posted at 11:08am
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Sam (and Maryam and Henry) Frederick

Posted at 10:41am
Deepest condolences! So glad I got to see Josh at grandmas funeral and hang out with him one last time!
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Sally Ford

Posted at 06:06pm
We were so sorry to hear about Josh's passing. I remember when we worked together your telling me with pride about many of his accomplishments. I was impressed! This caused me to feel so sad when you recently told me about his battle with cancer. My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of sorrow. With love and caring, Sally and Charlie Ford

LaShon James

Posted at 01:12pm
Josh and I went to x-ray school together in San Antonio many moons ago. He was a great person who was also exceptionally smart with an awesome demeanor. I'm just now learning of his passing and I am extremely sorry for your loss and I will keep you all in my prayers

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