Nicholas Stephen

Nicholas Brook Stephen

Monday, May 6th, 1985 - Friday, September 25th, 2020
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Nicholas Brook Stephen, 35, passed away unexpectedly in an ATV accident on September 25th, 2020. He is survived by his wife Rochelle Stephen, mother Audrey Newman, father Randy VanGundy, son Bryson Stephen and ‘bonus kids’ Miranda Tway, Jairin Tway and Braxxton Thacker. In his passing, he joined his older brother Bobby Jay (B.J.) who passed away in 2004.

To say that Nic was a fighter would be an understatement, as he was diagnosed with stage four lymphoblastic lymphoma in April of 2003, a disease that he overcame following remission in 2005.

Nic is remembered as being an adrenaline junkie, as his favorite place in the world was ‘the potholes,’ making it fitting that he passed away doing something that he loved and his surviving loved ones believe that although the accident was unfortunate and tragic, it’s how he would have wanted to leave his earthly body.

Nic was a wrestler at Central High School in Grand Junction, and as a teenager loved working with his father at the VanGundy junkyard, a memory so beloved to him that he spoke fondly of the experience well into his adult years.

Although he was known as quite the smart aleck, Nic was also blessed with an incredibly big heart. He is remembered as a man that would do anything for those that he cared about, as well as an exceptionally compassionate and loving father to his son as well as his ‘bonus kids.’

Nic is dearly missed by his friends, family, and loved ones, and in his passing has left fond memories of a loving and caring husband, father, son, and brother that truly lived life to the fullest
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    Sunday, October 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, October 4th, 2020 1:00pm
    Mountain View Farm
    3165 B 1/2
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    Celebration of Life


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Posted at 09:16am
I wish Heaven had visiting hours. I miss you more than words can ever express. I love you more than life it's self. Your wings were ready but my heart was not.

Rochelle Stephen

Posted at 02:21pm
This never gets any easier. I try to get through this knowing how much you loved all of our children and me. Christmas is coming up and that day marks only 3 months since you have left us. It feels like an eternity. I will forever and always love you.
Love you forever. Your beloved wife ❤

Audrey Newman

Posted at 09:51pm
Your life was a blessing,
Your memories a treasure,
You are loved beyond words
And painfully missed beyond measure.
Love you forever and always,
Your momma

Carol Kemming

Posted at 11:59am
My sincerest condolences to the family and his friends. The is an error in the obituary. Randy VanGundy is NOT Nic's father. He was what Nic looked to as a father. Randy helped raise Nic and was dearly loved by Nic even with the differences they had.
May peace embrace the loss and pain in your heart's.

Tanya & Rich Simmons Posted at 11:31am

I wonder why this make's a difference that Mr VanGundy was not the real father to Nicholas. At least he did have a father figure in his life, no matter what life brings.

Leslie & Brent

Posted at 01:35pm
We wish to send our deepest condolences to Rochelle and family. We don't always know why things happen or why they do, but always remember the good memories that Nic brought in to your life's. I am so happy that this obituary was re-wrote it say's so much more positive information about Nic and the people that knew him threw life. Wonderful obituary that was wrote in his honer. God Bless you all. Leslie & Brent.

Audrey Newman Posted at 03:17pm

Yes, my son's obituary was beautifully written. Just wanted to say thank you.

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