William A. Nesler 1947-2012

Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am


William A. Nesler 1947-2012

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William A. Nesler, 65, of Miller, S.D., died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen after a brief illness.

A celebration of Bill’s life was held Saturday, April 6, at Reck Funeral Home, Miller with the Rev. Brian Jones officiating.

On March 29, 1947, Bill was born to Cleo Potter and William Nesler, Sr. and was raised in Sonora, California. On July 1, 1965, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in Germany in an intelligence-gathering unit. While in Germany, he was stationed in Vietnam for nine months where he flew forward air control missions, flying a Cessna Bird Dog. Two years later, he was honorably discharged.

Bill was no stranger to flying. He followed in the family business of crop dusting at the age of 16 until he was called into the Army. Bill passed with 40 years of flying and some 30,000 hours under his wings.

Upon getting out of the military, he once again returned to crop dusting, and traveled throughout the United States, as well as overseas. He spent one year crop dusting in Egypt before going to Liberia, West Africa where he flew bush plane off and on for more than 20 years. For the last 16 years, he has worked in South Dakota, first for Aero Spray Services in Miller, and then for Wilbur-Ellis in Huron, S.D., where he enjoyed what he called “family.”

Bill’s famous quote that many knew well, was, “If I die tomorrow there is no one that can say I haven’t lived.”

Bill leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Chris Jones of Miller; one brother, Bob Nesler of California; four children: William, Becky, Jeff and Raquel (Brian); and three grandchildren, Kyle, Courtney and Morgan.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Bill’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net.

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