Steven Newark Jr.

steven newark jr.
My son, Steven Newark Jr., was tragically taken from us March 6, 2018. He was 35 years old. I lost my beautiful, beautiful son and my heart is shattered. A brother (Nicholas Newark of Grand Forks) and his two sisters (Shanna Newark of Fargo and Angee Newark Tiarre of Grand Forks) lost a piece of themselves that can never be replaced. His stepfather (John Ouradnik) lost a son as well. His biological father (Steven Newark Sr.) passed years ago. His precious nephews (Dylan Dinklocker and Korbin Andrews) that meant the world to Steve will no longer have their uncle to tease them or play with them. Steve was all about family and those closest to him. He was fearless from the tender age of two and that never changed. As relentless as he was, no one could match his heart and soul. He was truly one of a kind. Steve could bring a smile just by walking into a room with outstretched arms for a bear hug. No one could resist his hugs. No one could resist his sweet smile. While his life was certainly not without challenges, his hopes and dreams for a brighter tomorrow were passionate and he was always looking for ways to improve and conquer. He wanted his own family as he loved children. He wanted his own business building homes. He always promised that one day he would build me my dream home. Now his dreams are ashes and I don’t know how to exist without him. All I can do is pray and look up and hope with every fiber of my being that he rests peacefully with our Lord. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. He left behind numerous family members: Barbara and Roger Cummings of California (aunt and uncle), Sharon Curran of California (aunt), Deborah and Derry Meester of Reynolds (aunt and uncle), Charles and Joan Torgerson of Lake Lida (aunt and uncle), Linda and Richard Westby of Grand Forks (aunt and uncle) and Marge Newark of Grand Forks (grandmother). Steve had several cousins, friends, and coworkers that will miss him as well. ~ Janet Ouradnik (mother)

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  1. Wish this was all just a bad glad I got to know Stevie and wish he was still here so I could get a big hug..Life should not be this short. I am thankful I still have all our emails to go back and will forever be missed my Stevie..Now may u rest in peace forever and ever amen:)

  2. Janet, Shanna, Nicholas, and all of Steven’s family. My heart goes out to you as you grieve the loss of your son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. My memories of Steven make me smile as he was a great person with very kind and loving heart. I pray for everyone’s peace.

  3. I’m so blessed to have known you. It’s been a long time, but I won’t forget your contagious smile. Rest in peace. I’m praying for your family.

  4. RIP Steve- my high school experience wouldn’t have been the same without. Thank you for your generous gifts of laughter and smiles. You are missed and loved by many.

  5. What a beautiful obituary, Janet. Your family babysat me as a kid, then I later got to watch Dylan when he was little a few times. So sorry for your loss. Keep praying and stay connected with loved ones ❤️

  6. This is breaking my heart knowing that I will never see your infectious smile ever again. I hope you knew how much I thought about you & how much love I have for you. I will never forget the memories I have of you little brother. Please watch over us. You are with dad & grandpa now. Love always, your oldest sister, Angee & your nephew Kai.

  7. Janet, my heart is aching for you. On this anniversary of your fathers death I wold love to picture Ellsworth and Steve sitting together at the feet of Jesus. May you feel the arms of God around you as you go through this difficult time.

  8. To Steven’s mother and family:
    Today I read Steven’s obits, and extend my sincere condolence to you and your family. As any good mother, it’s obvious you loved your son very much and wanted the best for him. now you say your “future dreams with Steven are “ashes.” That only temporally true. In the bible at Isaiah chap 25 verse 8 Almighty Gods promises to “Swallow up death forever, And remove the tears from all faces.” Also At Isaiah chap 65 verses 21-24 foretells a time when all people will build the our homes and eat the fruitage from their own gardens. In that same book at chap 33 verse 24 our Creator promises a time when “no one will be sick.” These wonderful promises and many more will become a reality when Gods Kingdom rules this earth as it now rules heaven. So as you reflect on your memories with Steven, remember the promises of the God who as Titus chap 1 verse 2 says “Can’t lie.” I’ll pray for your family.

  9. Best training partner , friend, cousin , brother i could ever ask for in life! We did so much together. I love you buddy ! You are missed and loved from all over! Ill always remember are training and those races I beat you at. The air rips from my lungs thinking that you are gone. Ww had plans and more to do!. I love you. Good bye my friend. Ill see you again!

  10. Steve, I held you in my arms as a baby and I held you in my arms last Saturday! We have had a history together and I will NEVER forget the times we had ie; cutting your hair into a mullet (you looked so cute), watching you as a child open your presents, dancing in the kitchen as you sang the Auction Song while I made supper …. laughing away….your 13th Birthday party…watching you go to your first dance as a teenager….all the questions…..picking you up from school and listening to your day! Many, many memories…..we lost track of each other as we grew older…..but you have never been far from my heart……Christmases grew more important, as did saying Happy Birthday year after year! I love you Steve……Auntie D

  11. My precious grandson. We are grieving for our loss but celebrating your life at the same time. As I write this many of your friends and family are gathered to say goodbye; others are not able to be there in body but our Spirits are there beside your mom, stepdad, brother and sisters. Our tears are overflowing. I try to remember the good times we had and your hearty laugh. I’m thinking about our flight to Colorado to celebrate your 7th birthday. Every evening I asked you to write down what was special about that day; I wish I could read your words again…maybe some day. I remember our trip to the Denver mint and watching the coins fall out of the machine. We bought a mint set for that year as a memento. Then back to the car to look for some other place we hadn’t seen before. Those were the good old days:) I love you and miss you terribly.

  12. STEVE , CAT , My brother, homie and role model. Your smile was contagious. You were always there to lend a big muscular hand or a soft pat on the back In a time of need. You ripped on your wheeler like you were fearless. I’ll never forget all the great times and trips to the motocross parks and just being able to text you and get one back quicker than I could blink even if we hadn’t spoken in weeks. You will be greatly missed and I will always tell my little girl stories about her super hero uncle Steve. Miss you my friend. Love you and well said Guy. See you agin.

  13. To the Newark Family, please accept my deepest sympathies. Steve and I used to go rollerblading together 🙂 he was always such a decent guy… we also attended the and high school and graduating class . The pictures in his slide were just the person I remember ❤
    Know you are all in my heart and in my thoughts.

  14. Five years today, sweetheart –not a day goes by without thinking of you, missing you and loving you. I’ll love you forever, Mom

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