IN MEMORIAM: BHS CLASS '58 CLASSMATE

Howard Odell "Butch" Nester ( 1940 -2016)

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( 1940- 2016)

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”

- Laurence Binyon

GALENA, Kan. - Howard Odell "Butch" Nester, age 76 of Galena, Kansas passed away at his home on Thursday, August 18, 2016. Howard was born on April 28, 1940 in Coaldale, WV to the union of Kelse Mahaffey Nester and Grace Edith (James) Nester. He graduated from Bramwell, WV High School with the class of 1958.

After high school, Howard enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1958 to 1962. Upon returning from the Navy, Howard began working as a Quality Assurance Engineer at Parker Hannifan Corporation in Portage, MI, and continued his employment there for 41 years, retiring in December of 2003. He was an avid bowler at the 4th Street Bowling Alley. He loved his NASCAR, time at the casino, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

Howard married Mayme Ellen (Haner) Nester on July 15, 1960 in Ojai, CA. She preceded him in death on December 26, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bobby Nester, and one grand- son, Ronald Nester, Jr. Survivors include two sons, Ronald Dean Nester Sr. (wife, Lisa) of Oxnard, CA; and Jeffery Allen Nester (Wife, Shauna) of Galena, KS; one brother, Darrell Nester of Bluefield, WV; three sis- ters, Peggy Burton of Ladylake, FL, Hattie Williams of Youngsville, NC, and Carol Burkett of Youngsville, NC; and two grandchildren, Samantha Lockwood and Jessica Lockwood.

A funeral service was held at 10 AM on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Derfelt Funeral Home of Galena with Carey Haner officiating. Burial followed at Hill Crest Cemetery in Galena, Kansas.

Howard "Butch" Nester

BHS Class 1958

 

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