On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, the world lost one of its smartest, wittiest, and loving individuals; Joshua Brian Grabner was everyone’s best friend. Josh was preceded in death by his mother, Jolene Marler, his older brother, Ricky Grabner, his aunt, Joyce Livingston, maternal grandparents, “Shorty” and Wilma Marler, paternal grandparents, Richard and Shirley Grabner, and his biological father, Dick. Josh is survived by his sister and niece, Lacy Jo & Addie Graham, his stepfather, Harvey Ramey, and his aunt and uncle, Jan (Grabner) & Dale Sprinkle. Josh was never married and did not have children of his own, but he loved being Addie’s Uncle Josh and would talk about Addie to anyone who would listen.
On Saturday, February 1, 1975, at Wilson County Hospital in Neodesha, Kansas, Jolene (Marler) and Dick Grabner welcomed the arrival of their second son, Joshua Brian. Josh grew up on 8th street in Neodesha and attended Neodesha schools for the entirety of his education. While in school, Josh excelled at academics, tennis, basketball, and baseball. He qualified for state tennis multiple years, placing in doubles tennis in 1992. He graduated as Salutatorian of the NHS class of 1993, then went on to earn his BA in Marketing from Pittsburg State University.
Josh lived his life as he felt best, always looking out for the little guy. He was the kind of person that couldn’t turn away from someone who was suffering in any way and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He will be remembered as the social butterfly who was the life of the party.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Loran Fawcett Chapel. The family will greet friends at Loran Fawcett Chapel, 704 Indiana on Friday, June 30th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Immediately following, in true Grabner fashion, friends are invited to Billy’s Bar and Grill, Neodesha, KS. 66757 to remember and celebrate Josh. Casual/comfortable dress is requested. The Neodesha Eagles will be hosting a lunch on Friday, June 30th at 2:00 pm, family and friends are welcome. To leave the family a special message of condolence, please visit, www.loranfawcettfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, friends can honor Josh by contributing to his niece's educational fund at any Equity Bank branch. Addison Mae Graham was the light of Josh’s world, and they shared an incredibly special bond.