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Joshua Daniel Lynch

Joshua Daniel Lynch, (January 3, 1989–April 1, 2020) passed away unexpectedly at his residence in Champaign, Illinois. Joshua was born in Macon, Georgia and was the son of Robert and Wendy (Pritchett) Lynch.

He is survived by his parents and sister; Rachel Lynch of Newalla, Oklahoma; Lynchgrandparents: Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Lynch of Macon, Georgia; grandmother: Mrs. H. E. Pritchett of Macon, Georgia; several uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.

He was employed as a Metadata Services Specialist at the University of Illinois Library Urbana-Champaign.

Joshua received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English from Oklahoma Baptist University, Master of Arts in English, and Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Joshua enjoyed cats, nature, literature, physical fitness, hiking, music, art, playing guitar, traveling, collecting coins, rocks, and minerals. He is a member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, American Library Association, Phi Beta Mu, ASIS&T, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. He belonged to the American Library Association, LIS Career Options, Digital Library Association, Society of American Archivists, and iSchool at Illinois.

Services will be private at a later date in Oklahoma. 

Memorials may be made to catsnap.org and mentalhealth.org.u.k.

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, Illinois, is assisting the family with arrangements.

View the online obituary and send condolences to the family at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


I work in Rm 12 and would often see Joshua at the microwave heating lunch or walking through with that long stride of his. I talked to him at the holiday pot luck and he was so pleasant, nice and friendly. 
I am so sorry he is no longer with us; I will miss him because of his friendliness to me. I am sorry he is gone as your son. Take care and believe that he is in heaven with the Almighty.

—Ginger Schutz

I was privileged to teach Josh during his time at OBU, and he worked for me as a student worker as well. I will always remember his wry smile, his quiet and studied sense of humor, and his kind and genuine heart. You all have my deepest condolences and prayers in this time of grief. I am praying for you all. May Josh rest in peace and rise in glory, knowing the loving peace of God for ever.

—Andrew Armond


Out of Darkness into the Light our Joshua, so intelligent, so good, so loved has left us now and lives on in the hearts of all that know and loved him.

Rest in peace dear one. Rest in peace. Gone but never to be forgotten.

—Grandparents (Mee Ma & Pee Pa)
Iris and Robert Lynch
Macon, Georgia

I am so sorry to hear of Joshua's passing away. I enjoyed him working with me at CVS. I was so happy for him that he got the opportunity at the Library system. Joshua had a great demeanor and I grieve that the world will be without his contribution. My prayers of comfort for the Lynch family.

—Larry Boyd


Your carefree memories, laughter, and the many times you did unto others as you would have them do unto you resonates throughout my days. You are tremendously missed and I am truly thankful for the 31 years we bonded together. You brought knowledge, wisdom, love, and happiness to many people. The care and understanding you bestowed upon your colleagues is very commendable. Thank you for loving us.