Joseph “Joey” Braddock Ferguson, age 25, of South St. Paul, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, following a heart attack he suffered while on a rock climbing trip to the Red River Gorge of Kentucky.
Funeral services are 11 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Lake Community Church in Alexandria with Pastor Tracy Weaver officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Nancy Holm and vocalists, Jordan Weaver and Ashley Albrecht. Burial is at Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m., with a time of sharing at 7 p.m., Friday, at Lake Community Church and will continue one hour prior to the service.
Joey was born on February 12, 1992, to his parents Tim and Jean Ferguson in Alexandria. Joey grew up on the lakes of Alexandria with his older brother Jake. They loved to snowboard, skateboard, wrestle, and play paintball. Joey was a caroler in high school and graduated from Jefferson High School in 2010. He attended Bethel University in Arden Hills, and studied business and marketing. Following college, he began working at Midwest Mountaineering, GearJunkie, and Whistling Well Apple Orchard. After dating for what seemed like forever, Joey married Katie Riesenweber in August of 2014, at Ferguson’s Apple Orchard in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Following their marriage, they spent their time cooking, hiking, traveling, binge watching “The Office”, and laughing together. Joey’s hobbies included travel, rock climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, and spending time with friends. Joey’s favorite place in the world was Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he spent many summers with his family.
Joey is survived by his loving wife, Katie; parents, Jean and Tim; brother, Jake and wife, Natalie; and two feisty cats, Doc and Harvey.
Joey is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ronald Ferguson and Dale Blair; grandmother, Ruth Ferguson; uncles, Terry Ferguson, Marly Johnson, Ron Johnson, and Lenny Johnson; and aunts, Rose Keller, Lynda Theis, and Lynn Blair.
Pallbearers are Jake Ferguson, Chad Ferguson, Barret Lahm, Tanner Blair, Ben Ferguson, Blake Holte, Cooper Doten, Jordan Block, Jordan Weaver, Ben Stoeck, and Zach Blashack.