My Dad – heading onto his next journey

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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.

A lot of people have asked and offered to help. The best way to help right this second is to send positive thoughts, prayers, healing energy, or whatever works with your belief system. Pray for him to heal, send thoughts of him waking up and recovering, whatever makes sense to you.

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:

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
Friday 5/13
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
(near Bloomingdales)

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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  1. Been thinking of you all day and sending prayers!

  2. will be praying. keep us posted! (thanks to your husband tweeting this out!)

  3. I’ll be praying for Bill’s full & complete recovery. I signed the guest book on Caring Bridges. <> to your entire family, Andrea. Sincerely, @janettwokay

  4. Andrea & family,
    I cannot put into words how sorry I am to read this! I am praying and hoping that everything will turn out alright!!! Lot’s of love to you.

  5. Just saw this on Twitter… so sorry to hear this. Sending lots of positive thoughts and a virtual hug to all of you!

  6. Thinking of the entire family … I am so sorry. I will send healing thoughts her father’s way. (huge hugs)

  7. Oh I am so sorry, what terrible news. Please know there are lots of fans/readers/supporters out here hearing this news and sending you and your family our good thoughts and prayers.

  8. I’m terribly sorry your family is having this experience. I hope your father feels the positive energy being sent his way and that you and your family know that so many (even strangers such as myself) are thinking of you and wishing you and your family the best.

  9. Melinda and I are praying for Bill. May GOD be with you all during these trying times.

    Our love.
    Omar & Melinda Martin

  10. With God, all things are possible. Sorry to hear this tragic news, stay strong and believe God for your dads healing.

  11. Your Dad and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. I’m here whatever you need.

  12. Andrea – You, your dad, and entire family are in my thoughts & prayers. I hope his condition improves soon.

  13. <3 thoughts are with you and your family.

  14. Saying prayers for your dad. Hope to hear good news soon : )

  15. Andrea — You are in all of our thoughts and prayers at iVillage. We are sending you all the positive energy we can muster up — may your dad recover quickly and fully soon. xoxo

  16. May God put his hands on Bill to heal him and may he have a speedy recovery ~ Prayers go out to Bill and his family….

    When I look at Bills picture you can see deep happiness ~ he looks like a sweet man….

    God Bless you,

  17. Andrea, sorry to hear about this and that you and your family are going through such a difficult and scary time. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.
    -Amy & Leslie @ zulily

  18. Andrea:

    I’ll be saying a special prayer for your Dad and your entire family tonight. Bill looks like a cool dude, and I’m hopeful he’ll make a full & complete recovery.

    Sending you a big hug,


  19. I’m so sorry Andrea. Thinking of you all the time and sending lots of prayers. – d

  20. I am so sorry to hear this happen. We will keep you guys in our prayers. Love you Fellman’s.

  21. I read tonight’s update (May 5, 2011). My heart goes out to your family, Andrea. Your father is in my prayers. My God keep him in the palm of his hand. *HUGS*

  22. I have tears in my eyes as I write this and my heart goes out to all of you. I know from personal experience that making a decision about a DNR is not an easy one, but it sounds like the right one for all of you. Sending love and hugs, Romy

  23. I love you, love the whole Nagengast clan and am heartbroken for you.

  24. omg – I am so very sorry – I will send prayers your way – and know I am thinking of all of you during this time.


  25. I’ve been in your shoes. My mother suffered a traumatic brain injury. The decisions you have to make are gut-wrenching, but not that hard when you know what your loved one would have wanted. All you can do is what feels right. I’m sorry you have to go through this.

  26. Andrea and family, I am so sorry for what you are going through. I hope and pray for the best, and for strength to get through this.

  27. I’m so sorry this has happened. You will all be in my prayers. These stories really hit home, we’re riders too!

  28. My heart is breaking for your family. We had to make the same decision regarding my mom 5 years ago…’s the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

  29. Andrea, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Your father looked like a guy that truly did enjoy his life. Take comfort in that. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you all the strength to get through this time.

  30. I am SO sorry to hear he has passed away. This is heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

  31. The universe is an endless string of possible new beginnings; only the mind can block them. Every moment offers evidence of miracles, if our eyes are open to see them and ours hearts are open to experience them. ~Marianne Williamson

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  32. Andrea, I want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. If there is anything at all that you need please email me. *hugs*

  33. Oh Andrea, I am so sorry. I am sending you and your family my thoughts and prayers. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, and I know words (especially from strangers!) are of little comfort. But hopefully you can feel my good energy coming your way 🙂


  34. Andrea – My heart is breaking for you. I don’t have any words for you except you are loved. I’m so so sorry. Everyone here at Momfo is thinking of you and your family.

  35. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss Andrea. Your family is in my prayers.

  36. Much love to you all during this most difficult time. Praying that you all find peace.

  37. Andrea, I’m so sorry to hear the news tonight. I love that picture of you with him in the post and can only imagine your heartbreak. Many, many thoughts and prayers for you and your entire family.

  38. Hi Andrea,

    I am so sorry to hear this very sad news.

    Know that you and your family our in our thoughts and prayers.

  39. Still overseas and just saw this. I’m so, so sorry Andrea. Prayers and big hugs coming your way. You look so much like him. Katie

  40. Dearest Andrea My heart goes out to you and your family Love is Forever I wish you Peace&Comfort.. from my heart to yours.I Love You Merrilee

  41. There are no words. I’m so behind I’m just catching this….a huge hug and prayers to you dear friend!!!

  42. Andrea, I know we only met each other for a short time during the SF trip for Babycenter, but I wanted to say that I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. I pray that you will find strength and peace at this time. ((hugs))

    Denise Cortes

  43. My thoughts are with you, Andrea. I am so saddened to hear about your father. He seems like a man who lived life to the fullest. Take care and gather strength from all of us who support you.

  44. Andrea,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I’m so sorry for your truly tragic loss.
    xoxo Debbie

  45. Andrea, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounds like an amazing person (much like you). Hugs!

  46. Oh Andrea, I’m so terribly sorry. It’s evident from these photos that he wasn’t one to sit back and let life happen to him; I hope there’s some small comfort in knowing his last days were happy ones.

    Sending you and your family good thoughts and wishes.

  47. Just seeing the picture of you and your father brought tears to my eyes and heart. I send you love and the strength to move ahead in these trying times.

  48. Andrea,
    We were so sad to get the news about your dad. We are thinking of you and your family. We are so so sorry for your loss.

  49. Andrea, I am so sorry for your loss. I have only met you once at an event in Chicago, but I was charmed by your bright spirit. I am so sad that you and your family are going through this tragedy. Your dad sounds like a free spirit who lived life to the fullest. May his memory be a blessing to you always.

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