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Memorial Service August 26 for Jeffrey Dean Newkirk

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Jeffrey Dean Newkirk, 59, of Valparaiso, formerly of Chesterton, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 in Valparaiso.

He was born on Oct. 9, 1957, in Gary, to Francis and Jewel (Stout) Newkirk.

He is survived by his mother; sons, Seneca (Nadia) and Logan Newkirk; daughter, Shannah Newkirk; brothers, Dan (Carol) and Mike (Julie) Newkirk; brother-in-law, Bill Ward; and grandchildren, Monika Newkirk, Anthony Opyt, and Jasmin and Jade Newkirk.

He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Brenda Ward.

Jeffrey graduated from Chesterton High School. He enjoyed woodworking and was a Chicago Bears fan. He loved his grandkids very much.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Valparaiso Baptist Church, 612 Emmettsburg Street in Valparaiso.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Cremation services will be provided by Heritage Crematory in Portage.

Online condolences to the family may be made at




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