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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Nick Frederick Bachmeier
November 16, 1934 - August 30, 2019

Place of Birth: Rugby, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 84

Nick Bachmeier, 84, of Williston, passed away Friday afternoon, August 30, 2019 surrounded by family and friends at Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home.

On November 16, 1934 in Rugby, ND, Nick was the first of eight children born to parents, Louie and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Bachmeier. He was raised on the farm and attended school at Jefferson 1 and Little Flower Schools. In June 1957, Nick was drafted into the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge, June 1959. Upon his return, he worked on the family farm and worked miscellaneous jobs, including hauling rock in the Devils Lake and Williston areas. He moved to Williston in 1960, working for the Williston Herald as a typesetter and print man. He met Mary Ann Young during that year. They were married, September 23, 1961, celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2011.

In 1967, Nick began a 31 year career with the North Dakota State Highway Department, retiring in 1998 as the Sign Shop Foreman. While working at the Highway Department, Nick started a part-time business in 1973, Nick’s Sharpening Service, which he continued during his retirement years. The business was very successful. Word of the great service he provided continues to be passed on as his daughters still receive inquiries if Nick’s service is still available.

Nick relaxed by playing his accordion, which he learned to play-by-ear in his teens. In his younger years, alongside his dad, couple of siblings and cousins, Nick played for many wedding, anniversary and birthday celebrations. Playing in these bands continued with friends in the Williston area. After retirement, he was asked to play his accordion at the Williston Senior Center, Bethel Home and St. Joseph’s Polka Mass. He also enjoyed listening to polka radio and tv shows.

He is survived by his daughters, Yvette Bachmeier and Theresa (Allen) Nygaard of Williston; grandson, Colby Nygaard of Williston; brothers, John Bachmeier of Woodland, CA and Joe (Lilian) Bachmeier of Havre, MT; sisters, Clara Fixen of Williston and Bea (Marlin) Welk of Rugby; sister-in-law, Bea (Fritel) Bachmeier; brother and sister-in-law, Tim (Sandi) Young; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nick was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; parents, Louie and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Bachmeier; sister, Katie Brown; brothers, Vince Bachmeier and Pete Bachmeier; in-laws, Fran Bachmeier, Al Brown, LeRoy Fixen and Carol Engebrit; father and mother-in-law, Frank (Betty) Young.

He was a quiet man that was soft spoken and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many family and friends. Yvette and Theresa feel they were greatly blessed to have Nick and Mary Ann for parents. They would like to thank those who visited and the wonderful care and friendship Nick received during his stay at Bethel Home.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Church and school, Bethel Lutheran Foundation, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which Nick had a soft spot for.

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Bonnie Stevens (Williston, North Dakota)
Aug 31, 2019
Yvette, Theresa and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Nick was such a gentle man, quite and loving. His family was his world and you all meant so much to him. Nick has gone before you to prepare the way for victory in Jesus name. Prayers to you all at this time.
Debbie (Johnson) Collier (Trenton, N.D.)
Sep 1, 2019
My thoughts n prayers are with you Yvette n Theresa n family... Your dad was a great person.
Adam & Barbara Keller (Harvey, ND)
Sep 1, 2019
Yvette, Theresa and Family,

We are so sorry for the loss Nick. He will truly be missed in our hearts! Love Adam & Barb
Carol Mihulka (Bismarck, ND)
Sep 1, 2019
The world has lost a great man. Nick was one of my dad's best friends and when my dad died in 1974 he became a second father to me. His family has been such a big part of my life and my heart aches for Yvette, Theresa and her family. I can only imagine the joy when he was reunited with the love of his life, MaryAnn. May God welcome you with open arms. Rest in Peace. I love you.
Dorine McNary
Sep 1, 2019
Yvette and Family, I am so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. I ask God to tightly wrap His loving arms around you, that you may feel His comfort,love and peace more than ever.
Maeve at Bethel (Williston)
Sep 2, 2019
Yvette and Theresa
I'm sure your Dad has that twinkle in his eye and is sitting on his cloud in Heaven telling stories and making his fellow angels laugh!
Georgia Williamson (Williston, ND)
Sep 3, 2019
Theresa, Yvette and family,
My sincere sympathy for the death of your father.He was such a nice man. My parents also enjoyed their friendship and thought very highly of him. My prayers are with you
Mark and Laurie Wrolson (Williston, North Dakota)
Sep 3, 2019
Yvette,Theresa,and Family,
Nick was a very gentle,nice man. I always enjoyed visiting with him when I came to his sharpening business. He was always quiet at first until I asked about his family and then he always smiled and started to brag about all of you. He really was proud of all of you. His in Heaven now with Mary Ann and Jesus. Your all in our thoughts and prayers
Kevin Mischke (Williston, ND)
Sep 3, 2019
Yvette, Teresa, & family, very sorry for your loss. Nick was a very good man. From living next door to u guys as a kid to having my daughter stay there with your mom & him, to getting my hunting knife sharpened there every year. He was always willing to talk and was the nicest guy around. He will be missed.
Debbie Slais (Williston, ND)
Sep 4, 2019
Theresa and Yvette, so sorry to hear about your dad. May your memories bring you comfort during the coming days. Prayers be with your family.
Marcy Huck
Sep 4, 2019
Yvette and Theresa, I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Your parents were always so welcoming whenever I came to stay at your house. I always called your dad, Mr. Bachmeier, even though he asked me numerous times to call him Nick. I never could though. I wanted to show him the respect and dignity he deserved as he was always a gentleman. He will be missed. There is no higher praise than to be called a kind and gentle person.
Kathleen Key Imes (Williston, ND)
Sep 5, 2019
Yvette and Theresa I am sorry for your loss. I respected him greatly. My sincere condolences to you.
Walter and Beth Darr (Williston, North Dakota)
Sep 5, 2019
Prayers to Nick's family. He has been a friend for many years. Depended on his sharpening service so many times. Enjoyed visiting with him. He will truly be missed
Kim Przybycien (Williston, ND)
Sep 5, 2019
Yvette, Theresa & Family...Thinking of you all and sending my sincere sympathies. I just started to get to really know your Dad and Mother since moving back to Williston in 2002. All the conversations started at Economart! MaryAnn would shop & Nick would sit on the sidelines and visit with me while I cashiered. I will cherish all of their stories. And, lets not forget, all the poking your Dad & my Dad did while sitting in church!! LOL, the good ol' memories we shall have forever.
Linda and Loren Haugen (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Sep 5, 2019
Theresa and Yvette,
We were so sorry to read of your father’s passing.
We knew him as a kind and gentle man. Loren worked with him at The Herald and he sharpened many blades for us. You have our deepest sympathy.
Debbie Wilcox (Minot)
Sep 6, 2019
So very sorry to hear about Nick’s passing. Nick was always so friendly when we used to visit. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Angel Foster (HIBBING, MN)
Sep 7, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has always had such a special place in my heart. Your dad was always kind to me and my son. We talk about our memories often.
Jim Vickery (San Antonio, Texas)
Sep 9, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you, I lived next door to Nick in 2010/2011 and have never had a kinder neighbor.
Bernie Arcand (Rugby, ND)
Sep 11, 2019
Holly & I send our sincerest condolences to Yvette and Theresa and all the family. I got acquainted with Nick through his sharpening business, which was always expertly done and charged to little. Blessings to all in this time of grief.
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