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Mark Anthony Newby

December 4, 2014



Eskridge—Mark Anthony Newby, 45, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.


He was born March 11, 1969 at Kansas City, MO., the son of Jerry and Lorna Swenson Newby.  Mark served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Alaska at the Space Command Center.  He lived in Minnesota, Arkansas, Arizona and Colorado moving to Kansas in 2010.


Mark was a computer engineer/programmer and had worked for several different corporations the last one being First Data   in Denver.  He was a member of the Cowboy Church in Peyton, CO.; at the age of 16, Mark was a People to People Ambassador for the U.S.  He was a computer Guru and was a ham radio operator.   While in Colorado he made contact with and talked to a cosmonaut on the space station on his radio.  Mark loved hunting and fishing and helping with, and attending summer church camp in Colorado.  He was a volunteer firefighter in Alaska and was a past member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner in Colorado.  He had been a storm chaser.  Mark was a photographer and was a natural musician.  He had a “Big Heart” and would do anything for anyone.  His greatest love in his life was his nephew J.D.


Survivors include his parents, Jerry and Lorna Newby of Eskridge; a brother Jerrod Newby, Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Jenniffer Newby, Denver; his nephew, J.D. Newby, Colorado Springs.


A Celebration of Life service will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, December 8, 2014 at Piper Funeral Chapel in Eskridge.  Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maisie’s Community Swimming Pool and sent to Piper Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1, Eskridge, Kansas 66423.  The family  request the dress for the Celebration to be casual and bright colored.


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14 thoughts on “Mark Anthony Newby

  1. Jerry and Lorna,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Mark’s passing. We and our son remember him from when you lived in Scottsdale and we were in Mesa. Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
    Vera Swope Hunziker

  2. Dear Jerry and Lorna,
    So sorry to hear about your son. H and I lost Quint 10-25-2012. He was 46. It is so hard when your child goes before you. We find peace in knowing we will be in heaven together. Don’t know if you heard, H passed away from cancer 5-13-14. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Louise

    • What a shock. We wonder about you all the time and had no idea about your son or H. We knew we would be losing Mark and there may be some peace in that but was sooner than we wanted to him go.
      So sorry for your losses. Would love to have you send us a direct email so we can communicate. Jerry said he thought you were I the YC area.

  3. I went on the same People to People Ambassador program as Mark. We became friends on that trip and I have quite a few memories of our newly-formed friendship. One of the most poignant memories I have of the trip is a particular outing in China. I was haggling with a vendor over the price of a beautiful little cloisonne horse and became frustrated when he wouldn’t come down and walked away to get on the bus. Mark came a short while after, smiling, and later presented me with the same cloisonne horse. Even though he said he had been able to get the vendor to come down on it, I knew that he had just bought it for the price I would not. He was so sweet like that; always doing nice things for people. I still have that horse to this day and it’s a constant reminder of the friendship I will always treasure.

    • Mark laughed and talked about your trip so many times. He spoke often about your family and how much you all meant to him. Of all his friends you were the one he spoke about most of the time and the only one he would allow me to tell of his condition these past few years. God Bless!

  4. Jerry and Lorna we were deeply sorrowed to hear of your precious son Marks passing you have are deepest sympothy are prayers and thoughts are with all you we are so sadened to here our dear Jerrod and Jennifer lost there brother may God Bless you all with his great Love! I know you will all be joined again in heaven.your family friends Dale, Gloria, Ron, and Jennifer Snedaker

    • Thank you for those comforting words. Your family has meant so much to our family. Jerrod & Jen are having a hard time. Jerrod had not been able to see Mark as often as Jen but kept in touch with him when Mark was able to come to the phone. Thank you again.

  5. Lorna and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know there are so many wonderful memories to help you through this journey ahead. Please remember we here to help
    Your Friends at Golden Living

  6. Thoughts and prayers to Lorna, Jerry, Jerrod, and Jennifer. Celebrate the joy Mark brought to your lives and know that I am thinking of you all.
    Eric Swenson

  7. Jerry and Lorna, so sorry to hear of the loss of your son you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Marcia(Stockebrand) Beal-Stullken.

  8. Mark I can’t believe this is goodbye until we see each other again in heaven. I will always remember how you loved my home made tacos. You could always put a smile on our faces. J.D. loves you so much, you were his favorite uncle. He loved chopping wood for the fireplace with you. He loves his Mark Twain book you gave him in 2006. One of his greatest memories was you and him going to see your horse and giving her carrots. I will miss you dearly and miss the fun times and get together while we waited for you to get your camera out to capture the moments as we all waited patiently to eat. We will always keep your memory alive. R.i.p. sweet Mark we love you. J.d. newby and Tami henninge

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