Paul Nesler lived in Fort Collins since 2003 and died on December 12 at the age of 93. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on October, 16, 1920, the youngest child of David LeGrande and Gertrude (Martin) Nesler. He was enrolled at the University of Michigan prior to enlisting in the Army to serve in WWII. He married Carol-lou (Van Halst) on June 28, 1947. |
They lived and raised a family in Detroit, Michigan, South Bend, Indiana, and lastly in Colorado Springs, living there from 1960 to 2002. He worked there as a supervisor in AT&T's Long Lines department, maintaining relay stations along the Front Range and eastern Colorado plains before taking on installation of communications under Cheyenne Mountain for NORAD.
Paul was part of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation;" he was a do-it-yourself person who could and would repair anything, build what he needed, and keep things in good working order. He was a self-taught handyman for fixing anything electrical, plumbing, carpentry, or car engines. Paul worked for American Telephone and Telegraph for 41 years.
He instilled his values of family, right and wrong, self-reliance, responsibility and accountability in his children, as well as a sense of humor and the joy of a well-executed practical joke. His hobbies included chess, cribbage, fly-fishing, camping, boating, electronics, short-wave radio, photography, building clocks, baking pies and touring the Rocky Mountain West.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Marlee, his wife Carol-lou, his brother David "Bud" Nesler, his sister Carol Dobberteen, and his son David John. He is survived by his eldest son Thomas Paul (970-223-8491), five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Notable events in Paul's life included serving from 1942-1945 with the Army's 308th Signal Corp in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Italy during WWII; helping install the first oceanic telephone cables across the Pacific Ocean from the mainland USA to Hawaii, and across the North Atlantic, enabling calls from Berlin to Honolulu; driving over every mountain pass in Colorado and through every western state just because they were there; staying married for almost 50 years; and overcoming alcohol addiction, remaining "recovered" over 25 years. His epitaph would have been, "always tell the truth and you never have to remember what you said."
A private ceremony will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church on February 15, 2014.
Published in The Gazette from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013