Joshua David “Josh” Vokins

A memorial visitation for Joshua David “Josh” Vokins, 29, Lawrence, will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Mr. Vokins died Friday, October 15, 2021, at his home.

He was born February 28, 1992, in Winfield, Kansas, the son of David Scott Vokins and Sharon Elaine Sturgeon Vokins.  He graduated from Lawrence High School in 2012.

Mr. Vokins worked in parts assembly at Cottonwood, Inc. He enjoyed watching movies, playing video games, Disney, taking rides in the van, attending concerts and live shows like “Blue Man Group”.  He was a free spirit and liked hot air balloon rides, animals, eating Chinese which he affectionately called “rice and ice cream”, as well as visiting the Good Life Innovations Midnight Farm.

He is survived by his parents, Sharon Vokins of Lawrence, Kansas, and David Vokins of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a sister, Jennifer Vokins of San Diego, California; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family suggests that memorial contributions to Cottonwood, Inc. sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Lois Orth-Lopes...

Sharon, I am saddened to hear of Josh’s passing. He could brighten a day with his infectious smile. He touched many lives in a positive way. You and all Josh’s family are in my thoughts.

From Sebastian Alfie...

Sharon, I’m very sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. We really enjoyed working with him at Cordley Elementary. The song “I’m a Believer” from the movie Shrek was something he especially liked. I still think of Josh when play it for my students on the guitar. We’ll never forget him.

From Michelle garrison...

Sharon I’m sorry about this just remember to think of the good times you had with him and I remember all of the funny things he would say when we were at camp he was always in a good mood he loved everyone and everything he would be doing with his life

From Jessica Schwartz...

I am sorry for you’re loss he was a very sweet man I will miss his sweet smile walking through the building of cottonwood please reach out to friends for support

From Jordan platt...

Sorry for your loss Sharon Josh was a good friend and funny he loved his games

From Pam Mohler...

Sharon,
I am just heartbroken! I was only thinking of Josh the other day. He was such a special kiddo. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. He was a big part of my life for so very long, that he and you both became family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Pam

From Ginnie Ellis...

Sharon,
So sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. He was such a sweetheart with a strong will. Prayers with you all

From Jean Knight...

Big hugs at this difficult time ❤️

From Mike Taylor...

Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. I will miss seeing his great smile here at work. You always did your best to make sure he lived his life the way he wanted to. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this time.

From Shannon McCoy...

Sharon, I’m so sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. I have fond memories of working with him at day camp with Parks and Rec as well as seeing him here at Cottonwood.

From Lynette Goldizen...

I will always remember Josh’s hilarious giggle when he was joking with me and lots of “see ya” when I interrupted his screen time on various gadgets that he loved. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of his life over the last several years, Sharon. I feel privileged to have known him and I will miss him. I’m praying for you and your family as you grieve.

From Deb Engstrom...

Sharon, I was so sorry to hear about Josh. I will always remember that ornery smile and that “sinister” laugh. The last time I saw him, I brought him ice cream and we all sat in the driveway and ate it together with his housemates during quarantine. He was such a special guy.

From Keri Rodriquez...

I’m so sorry to hear about Josh’s passing, Sharon. I enjoyed my time with him when I worked residential and will miss that smile! My thoughts are with you and your family.

From Kara Walters...

Sharon, you made sure Josh lived a full, happy, and adventurous life. He lived it on his terms, which is what we all hope to do.

From Hillary...

I am so sorry for your loss. Josh was one of the riders on my bus. He will be missed. I can remember how excited he would get, if he knew he was going out for ice cream or got candy from school. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

From Pat Grzenda...

Sharon- I was so sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. I was lucky to have him as a student and to get to work with you as his Mom. Thanks for sharing him with all of us in the Lawrence schools.

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