Justin Drake Wasinger was born August 3, 1989 and passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2019. He is survived by his mother Stephanie Ammend, stepfather Jake Ammend, and siblings Kaylynn, Brittany, Danielle, Michael, Crystal and Jeremy. He was preceded in death by his father, Myron Wasinger, and brother, Aaron Wasinger. Justin is also survived by maternal grandparents Russell and Linda States; paternal grandparents John and Laverne Wasinger (deceased); nephews Elijah Joel, Cameron Joseph and numerous other nieces and nephews.
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Justin was a handsome, charismatic, charming, witty, loving and caring person with the best sense of humor. He was funny, yet sensitive; strong, yet vulnerable. Justin was very intelligent and successful in every endeavor he pursued. Justin struggled with depression and fought many battles alone. He was always helping others but was unable to help himself. He contributed to the happiness of others, but was unable to find his own happiness.
Justin’s memory will live on through those who were blessed to know him personally, those privileged to call him a son, brother, uncle, and friend. His sunny disposition, his willingness and quickness to lend a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on, his affinity for laughing and making others feel good will forever be remembered.
His family’s comfort during this difficult time comes from knowing Justin is free from the demons that controlled his thoughts and the shackles of depression that weighed him down so heavily. The month of May is designated as Mental Health Month, which raises awareness of mental health. Each year, Mental Health Month fights stigma, provides support for millions of Americans living with mental illness, educates the public and advocates for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
If you know someone who is experiencing depression, please reach out to them. Let them know they have someone who truly cares, someone who will listen to them and be a friend. Become informed, be there to listen, take their feelings seriously, respond to emergencies and let them know about support services.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”