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William “Bill” Sova passed away at Otsego Memorial Hospital in the early morning of February 16, 2020, after a brief but devastating battle with lung cancer.

Known affectionately as “Billy Bob” or “Wild Bill”, he was the fourth child born to Richard and Esther (Harvey) Sova at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Flint, on December 8, 1961. Despite a somewhat tumultuous birth, he quickly recovered to become a playmate for his (eventual) 4 siblings, all of whom recall growing up together with fond memories.

Bill was a good-hearted man with a penchant for mischief, evidenced by the countless anecdotes and stories relayed by family and friends.

In high school, he played for the Gaylord High School Varsity Football team and graduated in 1981. The teamwork, dedication, and industrialism he learned in school followed him to the jobs he acquired through the years.

In later years, Bill became a doting father and continued working at whatever job struck his fancy, even if it meant he was self-taught. He had an entrepreneurial bend that allowed him to have the mindset to roll with the punches. In his spare time, Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. Most of all, he loved spending time with his large family.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Richard Sova, in 2006.

He is survived by his caring mother, Esther Sova; his brother, Richard “Dickie” Sova Jr.; his sister, Lucinda “Cindy” Piehl; his sister, Rebecca “Becky” Murphy; his brother, John Sova; his cherished son, Jason (Samantha) Sova; his adoring God-daughter, Savannah Lewis; numerous cousins and countless family members.

There will be a service at the E-Free Church (1649 E, M-32, Gaylord) Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 11:30 a.m., with a luncheon following.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate contributions to be made to assist in final expenses.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

15 comments on “William Sova”

  1. You’re with God now Billy and pain is gone for you.
    We pray for that pain to ease and peace spread over your family now.
    You sure will be missed by many🙏💗❤

    • Billy Bob, you helped Anthony and me out so much when we were homeless a few years ago. You have helped so many people. You were an amazing person. We love and miss you.

      • Esther so sorry for your loss,there is heart pain with any death,but the loss of a child is like no other.Praying for the peace of God for the entire family

        • You will always be in my heart Bill. I can’t believe you are gone but you are in God’s arms now and not in any more pain. I love you very much Brother, Rest in peace until we meet again. 😢

          • Esther and family, so so sorry to hear the news about Bill. He will be out of pain now. Take care of yourself Esther. I will be home in about a week.

            • To the Sova family,
              We will always remember Bill for his smile, laughter and the many conversations we had.

              We went to school with Bill and over the years when we would see him, he always made a point to stop us and catch up on life. He was never in a hurry and was truly sincere in his friendship.

              You will all be in our many thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

              John & Jan Lake

              • To the Sova family,

                We will always remember Bill for his smile, laughter and the many conversations we had.

                We went to school with Bill and over the years when we would see him, he always made a point to stop us and catch up on life. He was never in a hurry and was truly sincere in his friendship.

                You will all be in our many thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

                John & Jan Lake

                • Prayers for all his family and friends. Bill was a great friend to all. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

                  • Sue Karslake Medellin

                    I always remember when I saw Billy, he would tell everyone I was his teacher. I would smile, even though I only assisted the teacher when I was in high school. Prayers for all of you. He always brought a smile to my face as he grinned from ear to ear.
                    Sue Karslake Medellin.

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