William John Nagy
June 28, 1936 - May 10, 2020
William John “Bill” Nagy, 83, of Federal Way, Washington passed peacefully in the arms of his family on Sunday, May 10th, 2020 after a courageous battle against Pancreatic Cancer.
Bill was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 28th, 1936 to William Albert Nagy & Frances Irene Dymek. In 1953, he boarded a train for Chicago to begin his enlistment with the U.S. Navy the same day he graduated from High School. Bill was stationed aboard the USS Roanoke and met his future wife, Diane Carol Nuttall when his ship docked in Seattle for the Annual SeaFair festival. They were married in April 1956 and had 4 children, whom they raised in the Seattle area. Bill drove his family cross country to visit his family in Cleveland as often as possible.
In 1960, Bill was hired as a Firefighter for the Port of Seattle Fire Department and served as Union President for many years. When asked what his proudest life achievement was, he said it was that he’d helped his fellow Firefighters by lobbying in Olympia to include Airport/Port Authority Fire Departments to the legislation which gave birth to the LEOFF 1 Retirement Pension System. While Bill was a Training Division Captain he suffered a knee injury that caused his retirement in 1980. He was a public speaker & instructor who taught CPR and first aid for many years and was also a beloved School Bus Driver for the Federal Way School District until he fully retired in 1998.
During retirement, Bill and Diane traveled in their RV and made countless friends throughout the U.S. and Canada. Winters were spent at their home at Palm Creek in Casa Grande, AZ and they pursued many hobbies and activities. They were married for 49 years & planning their 50th Wedding Anniversary when Diane suddenly passed in 2005.
In 2008, Bill was fortunate to find love once again & married Beverly Plews Amos in 2009. Together, they checked off many items from their bucket lists. Most memorable were; Cruises through Europe on River Canal Boats, a Desert Hot Air Balloon Ride and coasting down hills on Alpine Slides. When Bill was 75, he went Zip lining for the first time during their trip in Jamaica. When Beverly was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, Bill took care of her with the help of hospice until she passed in 2016. Bill was a private, compassionate man who showed his love by actions vs. words. He overcame insurmountable odds and used the time he’d gained to express his love for family members and friends.
Bill is survived by his sister Donna Tesler of Oro Valley, AZ and brother, Tom Nagy of Parma, Ohio, his daughter; Teri (Russ) Powell, Eloy, AZ, sons; William A. “Bill” (Wanda) Nagy and Steve (Sue) Nagy. 2 step-daughters: Crystal Amos Maric & Ginnette Amos Miller. 8 grandchildren: Chris, Kirsten and Keri Powell, Stephanie McGuire, David, Brian, Jeff, Joshua and Jackie Nagy. 5 great grandchildren: Jack Gallagher, Malcolm, Melina and Mason Nagy and Tristan Powell. Plus, 2 step-great granddaughters: Savanna and Sienna Maric.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Frances, wives; Diane and Beverly, son; James, grandson; Michael, his brother; Larry Nagy and sister; Celeste Nagy Shaw.
Bill loved gardening, calling Bingo & was a great dancer. Never one to rest in peace, it’s a sure bet that he’s dancing with joy!
Unfortunately, Graveside services on Saturday, May 16th at Noon are restricted to immediate family due to Covid requirements, but can be viewed via Join Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86766537917
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