GLADSTONE - William 'Bill' Arthur Nyquist, 83, of Gladstone, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital following a brief illness.
Born Feb. 12, 1930, in Iron River, to Arthur and Anna Nyquist, Bill lost his father at a young age and was raised by his mother and stepfather Carl Larson on the family's dairy farm. After graduating from Stambaugh High School in 1948, he continued working for the family's dairy business, Larson Dairy, and shortly thereafter went to work for the Oldsmobile garage, in Iron River as a mechanic.
In 1956, Bill began his long-term career with Caspian Construction, which later became Schinella-Mottes, the company he retired from in 1990. During his 34-year career with the gravel crushing company, Bill worked his way up from being a truck driver to a foreman of a portable rock crushing plant and was known for being an exceptionally skilled dozer operator.
William ‘Bill’ Arthur Nyquist
Bill leaves behind a work ethic and heavy equipment tradition that has been passed down generation after generation in his family.
In 1949, Bill met the love of his life, Betty Johnson, at the Root Beer Stand in Iron River. During their 63 years of marriage together, Bill and Betty raised not only their own two children but also two of Betty's younger siblings, Pauline (Bob) Bohachek and David (Leanne) Johnson, following the premature death of both of Betty's parents. Besides camping with his wife Betty, Bill enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood on a daily basis, was tirelessly devoted to landscaping his yard, hunted in his younger days, was considered an avid Packers fan, and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include, his loving wife, Betty (Johnson) Nyquist; son, Curt (Bonnie) Nyquist of Gladstone; daughter, Christine (Nick) Pierquet of Green Bay, Wis.; grandchildren, Dawn (Rich) Denis of Appleton, Wis., William Joseph "BJ" (Jenny), Baumgartner of Portland, Ore., Jason (Terry) Baumgartner of Kaukauna, Wis., Jacob (Jessica) Nyquist of Gladstone, Joshua (Joani) Nyquist of Gladstone, Jeremy (Katie) Nyquist of Gwinn, and Jessica Elizabeth Nyquist of Gladstone; great-grandchildren, Anna, Will and Grace Dennis, William "Liam" and Emmett Baumgartner, Patton, Nola, Johanna and Rubie Jean Nyquist.
Bill's family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. (EST) at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of William Arthur "Bill" Nyquist will follow visitation at 11 a.m. (EST) at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with Rev. Elizabeth Hill of the Memorial United Methodist Church officiating.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Nyquist family with arrangements.
Messages of condolence to the Nyquist family may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.