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Joshua Andrew ‘Josh’ Challeen, 43, treasured his family

Joshua Andrew 'Josh' Challeen
Joshua Andrew ‘Josh’ Challeen

LELAND — Joshua Andrew “Josh” Challeen, 43, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, following a car accident. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend who is dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

He was born April 13, 1974, the son of the late Gary Challeen and LeeAnn Challeen and grew up in Osseo, Minn., along with his brother, Jason Challeen. Josh was a friend to all and is well loved both in North Carolina and his home state of Minnesota.

Josh was a great athlete, excelling in football playing for the Osseo Orioles and remained a loyal Minnesota Vikings fan after relocating to North Carolina. He even recruited his young daughters to love none other than the Vikings with a deep disdain for Green Bay! By trade, he was an installer and later held various management positions in commercial and residential flooring.

Josh was always willing to lend a hand or help a friend or family member in need. He was fiercely loyal and treasured family life with his wife and two daughters. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, whether it was on a lake in Minnesota, or at the beach in Oak Island, N.C.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, Christine Liola Challeen; two daughters, Cora and Sarah Challeen; mother, LeeAnn Challeen; brother, Jason Challeen (Cheryl); grandma, Shirley Karstens; mother-in-law, Celeste Liola; sister-in-law, Suzanne Liola Matus (Zack); brother-in-law, David Liola (Katherine); and many other beloved extended family members.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home, Cambridge, Minn. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, at First Baptist Church, Cambridge, Minn., with visitation held one hour prior to services.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project (or a veterans organization of choice), Homes of Hope India, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or other charities of our guests’ choice.

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