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)