Metro flood victim mourned here

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The grandson of two Lewisburg couples drowned in the Nashville flood last weekend while walking home from his job near Hickory Hollow Mall.

Joshua Heath Landtroop, 21, passed away Saturday in Antioch. A native of Torrejon, Spain, he was the son of Brian Heath Landtroop of Spring Hill and Lynn Webster of Taft, Tenn.

Two boys found him at a ball field on Sunday.

As a boy, Landtroop went deer hunting with his grandfather Tommy Woodard of Monte Murrey Road and fishing with his other grandfather, Doris Landtroop of Fox Lane.

"He was working at the Olive Garden," Woodard said. "The roads were blocked. He was going to leave his car there. When his shift ended, he told his boss he didn't live too far from there and that he'd walk home. I guess when he crossed the water the current got him. That's what my daughter told me."

Landtroop is survived by his parents, Lynn Webster of Taft and Brian Landtroop of Spring Hill.

"His father was in the Air Force, so they moved around a lot, but he graduated from the Community School in Unionville," Woodard said. "He was a great grandson. He lacked one more semester at Middle Tennessee State University. He was going to be a teacher."

Landtroop was studying early child development.

"Josh was a very energetic young man," Community High School principal Robert Ralston said. "He was bright and talented and full of life. Josh had great potential for the future. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this horrible tragedy."

Landtroop's obituary appears on Page A2 of today's Tribune.

"He was our niece's son," said Helen Woodard of Brown Shop Road in Cornersville where she and her husband, Glenn, hosted family reunions. "He would come whenever he could."

It was about five years ago when he was at a reunion, Helen Woodard said.

"He was sort of quiet and laid back," she said. "He worked hard and tried to provide for his two children. He worked at two different jobs and was going to school, too. The children are living in Nashville with his father now."

Woodard said, "He was a real caring boy. He cared for everybody. I never saw him violent or mean. He was kind to everybody. You think it will always happen to other people but you never think it will happen to you.

"I called my daughter about the weather in Taft and she said she couldn't get in touch with him on his cell phone," he said. "I think they found him Sunday 11 a.m. to noon."