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Josh Vestre

Josh Aaron Vestre, 46, son, father, brother, uncle, nephew and friend passed away on April 7, 2018. Josh was born on January 24, 1972 in Great Falls to Marianne and Jon Vestre. Josh spent his childhood in Helena, graduating from Helena High School.

Josh began working for Montana Rail link at age 21. He was a fourth generation railroader, continuing a tradition that began with his great grandfather, Joseph Martello. Josh proudly worked many jobs with the railroad, eventually becoming an Engineer.

Josh was a loving and caring father to his two children, Chase and Emma. When he wasn’t working, Josh could be found with family or friends. He had an adventurous heart, contagious laugh and a beautiful smile. We could all aspire to a fraction of Josh’s sincere passion and dedication to family and friends.

Josh loved to be outdoors, hunting, fishing or 4wheeling. He was an ardent Dallas Cowboys supporter even in the face of continual ribbing and through heartbreaking losses. He was a diligent coin collector and recently loved to mine for bitcoins.

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Josh is preceded in death by his stepfather, Richard (Dick) Hamel; grandparents, Ed and Ann (Nonnie) Martello and Olaf and Ruby Vestre. He is survived by his son, Chase Vestre and daughter Emma Vestre; mother, Marianne Hamel and father Jon Vestre; his sister, Nicole Edmonson; his loving companion of 5 years, Diana Stewart and her son Austin; nieces, Ashlynn Edmonson and Kiara Gill; uncles and aunts, John and Judy Hickey, Tom and Rene Martello; and, numerous cousins, extended family and close friends.

A Vigil will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 17th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 North Montana Ave. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, at 11 am at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic church, 1502 Shirley Road, Helena, MT 59602, with a reception to follow in the social hall of the church. Following the reception, Rite of Committal will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7100 North Montana Ave. Memorials in honor of Josh are suggested to NAMI Montana, P.O. Box 1021, Helena, MT 59624 or a charity of your choice. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Josh.

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