Joshua “Josh” Dean Wylie, 21, of rural Baxter Springs, Kansas, was found deceased at his home on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Josh was born January 25, 1990 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Debra J. (Wylie) Hart and his adopted father Terry Neal Wylie.

As a child he lived in Chetopa, Kansas where he was surrounded by family and friends. He attended Chetopa Elementary School before moving to Galena, Kansas. He attended Galena High School while living with Leon and Georgie Paul. Joshua had recently moved to the rural Baxter Springs area where he was purchasing land.

Joshua enjoyed many things in his life. His passion was riding his bike and meeting new people. He loved listening to music and his favorite song was “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. He loved to watch movies and he especially enjoyed watching “Joe Dirt.”

Josh had a special way with mechanics and enjoyed tinkering with lawn mowers and bikes. He took great pride in planting trees around his property and mowing his yard. Joshua loved life and all it had to offer.

He is survived by his mother, Debra Hart and his step-father, John, of rural Welch, Oklahoma; a brother, Christopher Dorzweiler, of Kansas City, Kansas; a sister, Teri Wylie, of Chetopa, Kansas, a half-sister, Mary Canada and her husband John of Chetopa, Kansas; and a half-sister, Tina Wylie of Parsons, Kansas; his maternal grandmother, Linda Ryther and her partner Steve Watkins of Quenemo, Kansas; and his maternal grandfather, Mike Ryther and his partner, Sue York, Neosho, Missouri; and his paternal grandparents, Pete and Faye Furnas of Parsons, Kansas.

He is also survived by three aunts, Christy Doty and her husband, Steven of Ottawa, Kansas, Krystal Bogle and her husband, Roger of rural Bartlett, Kansas, and Kami Furnas of Parsons, Kansas; and one uncle, Rodney Ryther of Yates Center, Kansas.

Joshua had many nieces, nephews and cousins that he enjoyed visiting and hanging out with.

Josh had many people that cared about him throughout his life and one of these special people was Charlene. She was a great friend and confidant for Josh.

He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Neal Wylie, on November 18, 2005.

Joshua has been cremated and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 2 p.m., at the Faith Baptist Church with Reverend Raymond Whetstone officiating.

Funeral arrangements are with the Thomas Funeral Home in Welch, Oklahoma.

Memorials can be sent to Thomas Funeral Home and all monetary donations will be used towards funeral costs.

Joshua was a “Free Bird” that will be greatly missed.