Obituary of Stephen Douglas Urasz
Stephen Douglas Urasz fell asleep in death on April 2, 2015 at his home in Penn Valley, Ca. He was 50 yrs old. Stephen was born at Perth Amboy, New Jersey on September 28, 1964 to Albert and Patricia Urasz. He has a younger sister, Christina. He graduated from Woodbridge High School; the same school from which both his parents had graduated and went on to attend Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. Anyone who knew Steve described him as a genius. His curiosity knew no bounds. As a young man Steve enjoyed camping and sailing with his family and became an avid bicyclist, sometimes riding 100 miles with a pack. Steve was exceptionally skilled in electronics. He built and flew RC aircraft, and at the age of 12 Steve’s grandpa taught him how to build a ham radio from scratch. Stephen obtained his first Ham Radio License (WB3JTS) in Wash DC. This required learning Morse code. In 2010 Stephen took three tests in one sitting and obtained his Amateur Extra license in CA. (NZ6T). At the 2012 field day at Empire Mine he constructed an antenna from PVC pipe, wire and lumber and contacted Croatia. Shortly before his death Steve contacted Russia, Japan, the Azores, the Netherlands, and Argentina. The world was a small place for Steve and he was curious about everything. Astronomy held a special fascination and he would take his wife up a mountain at all hours to share just the right
view of a certain planetary alignment. Throughout his youth Steve worked at many jobs including oyster diver in the Chesapeake Bay, putting to use his skills as a scuba diver. Recently Steve renewed his PADI license in preparation for a trip to Hawaii with his wife to celebrate their anniversary. Steve was an ASE certified machinist and operated a business in Dover, DE, where he often worked on race cars competing at Del-Mar Drag Strip. He was a savant as a mechanic and dearly loved rescuing those in need. In 2009 Stephen married Jodie Ruckman and moved to California. He loved Nevada County. Steve could often be found on top of a mountain, beside a river, or riding his Kawasaki around lake Tahoe.
Steve began his own mobile mechanic business in 2014 and had a reputation for working miracles with mechanical things. He also found time to expand his interest in chemistry, growing beyond his youth when he made rocket fuel to exclaiming with wonder when he formed a hypothesis and then created a successful experiment. A chemical reaction could have him grinning from ear to ear. His focus was on developing a treatment for bipolar disorder.
The greatest love in Stephen’s life was his love for Jehovah God. Many times while he worked on a car he would have stimulating Bible discussions with his customers and then come home and share the experiences with his wife. His hope was to enjoy God’s promise to some day live without the mental illness and physical pain he suffered. Please visit jw.org to see more about Steve’s hope. Steve is survived by his wife Jodie, his parents Albert and Patricia, his sister Christina, three children, Stephanie, Kyle, and Leah; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, workmates and friends. Stephen was dearly loved and will be missed.
A celebration of his life will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at The Nevada County Horsemen’s Club 10600 Bubbling Wells Road Grass Valley, CA 95945 followed by refreshments. True to his heart, all are welcome.
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