Bill left this life unexpectedly in his sleep due to complications with covid. Our hearts are deeply saddened, and he will be greatly missed, but we find comfort in that he is free from the suffering he has endured the last twenty years and is safe in the presence of the Lord.
Bill made his mark in his high school years with his athletic ability in basketball, baseball, and golf. He was a natural and many have shared how they enjoyed watching him! He was charismatic, had a huge heart and could light up a room with his smile!
He initially went to college at Jamestown, North Dakota on a baseball scholarship then finished at the U of M with a business degree. He seemed to have the whole world ahead of him with a bright future. He had a beautiful business plan made up to partner with his dad for Nyhart’s Refrigeration. Sadly, the fall of that same year Bill experienced his first manic episode with bipolar disorder and his life did a 180. He was unfairly set on a different path. The last twenty years have been challenging and heart wrenching for Bill, his family, friends and all who truly cared for him.
Through it all, God sustained him and us and we fought the good fight. It was messy at times and disruptive for sure but worth it all. The last two years, Bill’s heart sought God fervently and he developed a real relationship with Him that gave him strength and hope. His Uncle John spent many hours with Bill studying the Bible and teaching him the deeper things of the Lord. A time Bill cherished and looked forward to.
Bill ended up being a real Momma’s boy as he said of late and needed her for his touching stone. He would go to her house almost daily to have coffee and visit. She was the absolute best Godsent mom and her unconditional, relentless love helped keep him going.
Bill truly tried to overcome and make the best of the challenges he faced but without going into detail, was defeated at every end. It was heartbreaking to watch and as a family we tried to help the best we could. We truly believe God’s grace and mercy took him home. He had endured enough. He is free!
Bill is survived by his ever-devoted mother Gwen Anderson-Gebhardt (Rick), his sister Heidi Nyhart, his cat Leo “the Lion”, numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins, and his good friend John McHugh who played cribbage with Bill almost daily.
He was preceded in death by his father William Nyhart (his fishing partner and best friend), his paternal and maternal grandparents and his faithful companion and dog Angel.
Bill, soar high with the eagles, hug our loved ones for us and know we hold you in our hearts always and forever. Until we meet again.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date due to covid.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Bill and his family.