I’m afraid I’m the bearer of very bad news. (This is Andrea’s Husband writing this…)
Andrea’s father, Bill, is currently in very critical condition. He rode his motorcycle across old route 66 from Minnesota to California… Long story short – he was on his way back home and yesterday a car rear-ended him in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He’s currently in a hospital in Oklahoma City. His wife, Linda; sister, Julia; and children Brent & Andrea are there with him. If you’re a close friend and you haven’t heard yet, I apologize for you finding out this way. It’s been an emotional day for everyone. Bill is in very critical condition.
Here’s a website where a some updates are — it’d be awesome if you could sign the guest book – the family will see it there for sure: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billnagengast/
UPDATE 5/5/11 8:37 PM (from the CaringBridge Site, probably written by Bill’s wife): I wanted to thank everyone for all your prayers and thoughts. We spoke with the Neuro surgeon today along with the trauma team that is in charge of Bill’s case. We also had a 2nd opinion from another Neuro surgeon. We were told that his brain trauma was very severe and that we have to make a decsion as to how we want his care handled. As a family we have agreed to put a DNR at this point. Bill wanted to have a full quality of life, according to the Dr’s this would not be possible. We as a family are going to follow Bill’s wishes and will not let him live his life this way. From the family we thank all of you for your support. We will update again when we have more information.
UPDATE 5/6/11 5:45pm CST The Nagengast/Fellman and Happel families want to let everyone know that Bill is on his next journey to a new experience. We thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. Bill passed at 4PM today. We will be bringing him home on Sunday. Once we are home we will update the journal to let everyone know when the reviewal will be. We shoud know after Monday. The Nagengast’s/Fellman & Happel’s (from CaringBridge)
From Harris: Andrea and I have spoken today. It’s obviously been the worst day of her life. Her and her brother, Brent, with driving back to Minnesota from the hospital to “finish the trip” for their dad. For everyone giving us all well wishes – with every message we read (when able to) we feel your love, we appreciate your love, and it’s wonderful having such wonderful people in our lives. I’ll be flying into Minnesota with the kiddies on Wednesday of next week. “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” Bill lived life to the fullest till the very end.
For those that would like to attend Andrea’s dad’s Memorial in Minnesota
3-5:30 Visitation 5:30-7 Memorial Service
Cremation Society of Minnesota
Brooklyn Park Chapel
7835 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Park MN 55445
Friday 5/13/11 7pm Celebration of Life
Kokomos at the Mall of America
McGregor, MN: Sunday 5/15 1-2 Visitation 2-3 Celebration of Life
8 South Maddy St.
McGregor, MN 55760
Also – Andrea’s asking that you do NOT send flowers. The medical bills alone are a major burden. So, if ya want to help out in that way, here’s the info:
William Nagengast Memorial Fund
A Memorial Fund has been set up at Wells Fargo/Wachovia Bank, any donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank or Wachovia Bank in the name of “William Nagengast Memorial Fund”, please make sure to use the full name in quotes.
Here’s a couple more pictures from when he was here:
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