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Steve Lewis Oyloe
February 10, 1955 - October 10, 2017

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Williston, ND
Age: 62

Steve Lewis Oyloe arrived on this earth February 10, 1955 and the world was never the same. He brought passion and a zest for life that proved to be a blessing for all who knew him. Sadly, we lost Steve to his higher power on October 10, 2017, in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Steve was born to Clifford and Ruth (Henriksen) Oyloe in Williston, ND. He lived, worked in, and contributed to the Williston community throughout most of his life. The youngest in a family of three boys, he quickly learned from the mistakes made by his older brothers both at home and at school. But still managed to make a few along the way himself. This zest for life allowed him to enjoy to the fullest with the benefits of growing up in Williston and the surrounding area. Steve was a gifted athlete. As a youngster, he participated in Williston Recreation sports programs, often playing on championship teams and later participated in football, basketball, and track programs as a Williston Coyote. He was an accomplished marksman, qualifying as a National Rifle Association Pro-Marksman at age 16. This skill served him well as he enjoyed hunting deer, antelope, and pheasants from an early age, first with his Dad and later with wife Jo and friends. Many people never knew Steve could play the piano, but he played it quite well. Despite his busy sports, academic, and social activities, he managed to take piano lessons for years and participated in many recitals sponsored by his teachers Barbara Tinnenenko and Victoria Stong.

Following graduation from Williston High School in 1973, Steve enrolled in the accounting program at the University of Arizona, earning his Bachelors degree in Accounting in 1977. He began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant following graduation but, to be fair, he honed his business skills and work ethic at a much younger age. As a youth, he was blessed to assist his aunt, Agnes Gessner, selling 4th of July fireworks at her sales stand east of Bainville, MT. This was a transformative experience as it not only exposed him to dealing with the public, it also instilled in Steve the importance of responsibility. Aunt Agnes also asked Steve to help with chores on the Gessner farm early in the morning and late at night. Throughout his youth and high school years, his Dad ensured that if he was not involved in sports or school he would be involved with operations at the family business, Oyloe Auto Wrecking. Dad treated Steve like a regular part of the crew having Steve drive trucks to haul wrecked autos in from all over the MonDak region, removing and selling parts from cars, and literally cutting up cars to separate iron and sheet metal for sale as scrap. This was rough, hard work but Dad gave Steve and brother Keith freedom to operate so the venue provided them many opportunities for hijinks rarely experienced by others: crashing vehicles, smashing windows, and creating small explosions and unexpected fires to name a few, but these experiences at the fireworks stand and the Oyloe business provided Steve the foundation for his hugely successful accounting career.

In 1977, Steve began working for the accounting firm now known as Eide Bailly CPAs & Business Advisors in Dickinson, ND. Later, he joined Reichert Fisher, PC (later Brady, Martz & Associates, PC) opening an office in Williston in November 1983. He was appointed Partner in January 1984. Steve was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants, serving on several committees of the State Society. He was also incredibly active in his community as a member of the Noon Lions Club, Toastmasters, Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for Mercy Medical Center, Board Member of the Mercy Medical
Foundation, and as President of the Williston Star Fund. His personal and professional life were characterized by his ready smile, sense of humor, dignity, and common sense. He cared deeply for his family, friends, and clients.

Steve married Jami Leinen while attending the University of Arizona. Jami and Steve were blessed with three children, Jake, Bryan, and Stephanie. The marriage ended in 1991. Steve and Jolene Garman Sondrol were married June 4, 1993, bringing Jo’s children, Tiffany and Chris into the family.
In 2013, Steve departed Brady Martz and became Manager of Bakken Opportunity Fund Management, LLC. He enjoyed his work with the firm immensely and was associated with the firm until his passing.

Steve loved his wife Jolene and family, Jacob, Bryan, Stephanie, Tiffany, and Chris. He was so proud of them and all they did, no matter how big or small. Time spent with family and friends was one of the things he treasured most. As a family, they enjoyed numerous activities together including camping, boating, and hunting. His trips to Sturgis with Jo on their Harley-Davidson were legendary. He had a passion for the Missouri River, not only for the joy of boating and camping with family, but also for the solitude of many trips floating quietly down the river, often at night, with brother Keith. The river gave Steve peace.

He is survived by his wife, Jo; daughters Stephanie Oyloe and Tiffany (Steve) Johnson; sons Jacob Oyloe, Bryan Oyloe, and Chris Sondrol; his grandsons Aryan Wold and Erick and Hunter Johnson; two brothers and sisters in law, Keith and Pam Oyloe and Myron and Susan Oyloe; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ronald.

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St. Pierre Family (Trenton, ND)
Oct 11, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are w/ you and your family.
Ann White
Oct 11, 2017
So sorry for your loss. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Val (Gorder) Trumpower (Williston)
Oct 11, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We worked together quite a bit when I worked at the Chamber, and Steve was on the board. He was a special man, with a ready smile for everyone.
Beth M Innis (Williston, ND)
Oct 11, 2017
The Moran Family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. We grew up as kids with Steve and had great times. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Betty Jo Falcon (Trenton, ND)
Oct 11, 2017
Jo & family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Steve. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time. Bless his memory.
Kristin and Steve Rhone and family (Watford City, ND)
Oct 11, 2017
Jo and family,
We are so very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve was such a great man and will be missed by so many!
Vern & Jacki Barman (Dickinson , ND)
Oct 11, 2017
To all of Steve’s family: please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories.
Rocky and Martha Gorder (Lake Havasu City, AZ)
Oct 11, 2017
Jo and family, we are so sorry for your loss, Steve was such a great man who loved life. Be blessed with the memory of his smile and love.
Gary & Shirley Skarphol (williston)
Oct 11, 2017
Jo & family - so very sorry to hear so Steve's passing. Praying God wraps you in his arms & gives you strength & peace. Always enjoyed Steve & his beautiful smile. Love to all
Wendy Johnson (Williston, ND)
Oct 11, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. As a neighbor to a lot of other Oyloe"s in Round Prairie I got to know Steve through his cousins. Prayers for the family.
Layne & Tim Holm (Alamo, ND)
Oct 12, 2017
Jo and family. We are so sorry to hear about Steve. Our thoughts are with you. I always enjoyed visiting with Steve. He always had a smile and a laugh. He is going to be missed by all. Great guy.
Melissa Moulton
Oct 12, 2017
Jo and Family, So sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed working with Steve. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ann Kvande
Oct 12, 2017
Jo & Family, So sorry for your loss. I served on boards with Steve for a number of years. He was my go to guy whenever I had a tax question. I will always remember his smile, his sense of humor and his love of cars and cheesecake brownies.
Stacy Massey (Houston, Texas )
Oct 12, 2017
I am deeply saddened by this news. I thank God for Steve's friendship with my grandfather and for all he did after we lost our beloved one. He truly was a man of great dignity and level headedness. I pray that God will grant you strength during this time. My most sincere condolences to all of Steve's family.
Lloyd and Connie Teske (Williston, ND)
Oct 12, 2017
Jo and family, we are so sorry and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Steve was so good to our family and such a great friend to my Dad and Mom.
Jeff and Nancy Vickers (Williston, ND)
Oct 12, 2017
We knew Steve years ago. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers!
Tracy and Lori Lutz (Williston , Nd)
Oct 12, 2017
So sorry for your loss our prayers are with you all ????
Kelly and Marcy Everson (Williston , ND )
Oct 13, 2017
So sorry for your loss of Steve , we have known and worked with Steve in our company, he was very knowledgeable and giving of his time talents and friendship . He truly will be missed. You are all in our prayers. RIP Steve
David Birkeland (Cresbard, SD)
Oct 13, 2017
Praying for God's peace upon you all.
Kathy Pettijohn (Williston, ND)
Oct 13, 2017
To all of Steve's family...words don't come close to expressing how sorry I am at Steve's illness and passing. Please hold on to those wonderful memories you've all made together. Love to you all
Jeanne Knudsvig
Oct 13, 2017
Jo & Family
My prayers & thoughts are with all of you during the loss of Steve. May you keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead..
Sincere Sympathy,
Jeanne
Larry Lynne (Williston, ND)
Oct 13, 2017
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I wasn't aware he had been ill. I was Steve's fifth grade teacher at Webster School back in about 1965, so we go back a long way. Steve was such a nice young boy and he grew into a fine young man. Please accept my sincere condolences and may the memories you share bring you comfort at this difficult time
doug peppers (BLOOMINGTON, IL)
Oct 13, 2017
He was my friend for 33 years, I am going to miss him. Jo, you and the family have our thoughts.
Maxine Nelson (Williston)
Oct 14, 2017
Having known the Oyloe family for most of my life I am deeply saddened by your loss. Steve was so pleasant to meet at any time, be it at work or just at the gas station. You are in my thoughts at this very sad time.
Janet Jorgenson
Oct 14, 2017
Jo and Family, So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Another classmate gone too soon. May the Lord help you all through this sorrowful time, and may he Rest in Peace. God Bless.
Becky Herman (Fargo, ND )
Oct 14, 2017
What a loss! Four years ago at this time he was helping Bob go thru his finally days with dignity and Strength! Steve had a kind soul and I will miss his phone calls and the good laughs we had! Jo and your families can be proud to call him Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and for us it was Friend!!! God will surely have a special place in heaven for him!! God Bless!
Ed and Jenny Steckler (Minot, ND)
Oct 15, 2017
Jo and family, we are all so much better for having had Steve in our lives! I hope we can all contniue his incredible carrying way of helping people. A truly amazing man I want to be more like.

We are sorry for your loss. Very happy to have been a small part of his life!

Ed & Jenny
Neva Walsh (Williston, ND)
Oct 15, 2017
Jo and family: i am so sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. We worked together for many years before I remarried and moved to Ray. He was such a comfort for me when I lost my first husband. I couldn’t of had a better boss. He will be missed. Keep your memories of Steve with you always
Julie McBride (Bismarck, ND)
Oct 16, 2017
To all the family of Steven....Prayers and blessing to you all....May Steven rest in peace.
Steven and Denise Sanders (San Antonio, TX)
Oct 16, 2017
Steve and the entire Oyloe family have been in our thoughts and prayers. Steve's warm soul and business acuity are missed. Truly blessed for having the opportunity to know and work with Steve.
Wendy Slotsve (Williston, ND)
Oct 17, 2017
Steve was such a great friend and boss when I worked with him at the tax office. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Steve's family during this time.
Lowell and Carol J Sandvik (Williston, ND)
Oct 18, 2017
Jo and Steve's Family.
Offering our sympathy, prayers and hugs at your great loss. Steve was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Cherish all your memories until the Heavenly Reunion..AMEN!!
Rhonda Fosness (Bismarck, ND)
Oct 19, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. God Bless you all.
Scott Key (Fort Collins, CO)
Oct 19, 2017
Keith and All the Family:
So sad to learn of Steve's passing. Way too young. May this time of grief pass soon and the great memories of a good man remain with you always.
Richard & Dolores Thomas (Weeke Wachee, Fl)
Oct 19, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss and hope that you may find peace in thinking of your Dad & all the fond memories.
Calvin Rehbein (Dickinson, ND)
Oct 19, 2017
I worked with Steve as a very "green" accountant with Reichert Fisher/Brady Martz and learned a lot from him and other shareholders of the firm. Steve was a great guy to be around and to work with and will truly be missed!
Rik and Vicki Ostert (Williston, North Dakota)
Oct 20, 2017
Rik and I are so very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Our sincere Sympathies to all of his family.
Gene Brose (Dickinson, ND)
Oct 20, 2017
What a sad day to hear about Steve passing away. What a nice fellow. I really enjoyed being around him when he did his Dickinson years so to speak. He was very accomplished and good at what he did. He was also a very personable guy. My sympathy to the family.
Dianna Hoff
Oct 20, 2017
Even though my heart is broken for you all, I can here his laugh. Always so full of...it. Such a great guy and a great loss. I am so sorry. Cherish the memories. Love you
Sheila Broyhill (Zahl, NORTH DAKOTA)
Oct 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Both the obituary and many who signed the guest book mention his ready smile. I know you look forward to being reunited with him in the resurrection mentioned at John 5:28-29. Visit JW.org for more Biblical encouragement.
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