William Henry "Bill" Nestler Jr.
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William "Bill" Henry Nestler Jr., age 68, after a 10 year courageous battle with cancer passed away on April 19, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bill is a graduate of Baton Rouge High School, where he played baseball, football, and basketball. After high school he attended and played baseball for Southeastern Louisiana University. Following his service in the United States Navy in Vietnam, he worked for Exxon Refinery until retiring in 2001 after 33 years of service. He played in numerous softball leagues over the years and later in life had a passion for golf, playing nearly every day. He was admitted to the PGA Hole in One Hall of Fame in May 2009. His life was filled with many dear friends who filled his life with much love and great times. Bill is survived by his wife of 14 years, Gretchen Nestler; his mother, Ruth Opal Metcalf Nestler; one sister, Sandra Nasello; niece, Jill Nasello Graves and husband Philip and their children Tyler, Garrett, and Georgia; three sister-in-laws, Karen Hartfield and husband James, Deanna Blank and husband Ferrell, and Andrea Hastman; seven nieces and nephews; and 11 great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, William Henry Nestler Sr. The family request that visiting hours be observed on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Resthaven Gardens of Memory Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway from 10:00 AM until the time of services. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Resthaven Gardens of Memory Funeral Home at 12:00 PM. Bill's wife, Gretchen wishes to extend her most heartfelt thanks to Dr. Abernathy, Dr. Byrd, and their staffs for the wonderful and compassioned care Bill received over the years. She also asks that in Bill's honor, everyone not put off having their screening or colonoscopy to prevent colorectal cancer. Family and Friends may sign the online guest book or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com. Resthaven Gardens of Memory Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2015.
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April 26, 2015
Oh Gretchen I'm so sorry.
Amy Oliver
April 24, 2015
Bill was one of the most kind, gentle yet always smiling fellow. BRHS has lost one of its wonderful gentlemen. God Bless Bill and his family. Heaven has a great angel!
Tam Romans Stresau
April 24, 2015
Gretchen I am so sorry to hear of Bill's Passing...He was a great golfer, friend, and his sense of humor was so funny...He will be missed....just remember all the memories you have that no one can take away from you. God Bless..
Kathy Wells
April 23, 2015
So sorry to hear about Bill,s passing he and i played Baseball together and against each other when we were older , he was always a Great guy and friend ,my prayers goes out to his Family .
Charlie Rush
April 23, 2015
Mrs Gretchen, so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. I remember you both were so kind when my husband passed, as I worked at CRS (with my sister) and helped attend to your husband on visits to the doctor. "May peace replace heartaches, and may warmest memories remain." Sending this message with all my love.
Pam O. w/ CRS
April 23, 2015
So sorry to learn of Bill's passing. May you rest in peace. Save me a place on the softball team.
Herbert Cowart
April 22, 2015
Quiet Cool and a Big Smile---that`s BILL.
The Good--they die Young !
April 22, 2015
I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing. My condolences to his family.
Baynard Turpin
April 22, 2015
Bill fought a good fight! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leigh Davis
April 22, 2015
Gretchen, I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was truly one of a kind and it was a pleasure to know him as a patient and as a friend. He went through so much, but he seemed to always have a smile on his face. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Donna w/ CRS
April 21, 2015
I am sorry to here of Bill's passing. He was always fun to be with. I enjoyed working and playing with him.
John Nelson
April 21, 2015
Farewell my friend- I'll never forget the many good times we had together. As college buddies at Southeastern, our Vegas trips,golf matches, many years as roommates,your sense of humor kept me laughing most of the time. Your memory will always be with me ", Uker". See you on the 19th tee. We get mulligans this time- Your friend, Johnny DauzatDoze.
April 21, 2015
Bill was a funny, kind person, and a friend to so many. He will be dearly missed. My prayers go to Gretchen and the family during this difficult time. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort in the coming days. Lisa and Ness Roussel
Lisa and Ness Roussel
April 21, 2015
Death leaves a heartache no on can heal...
Love leaves us memories no on can steal.
Heartfelt sympathies, sweet Gretchen.
Love You,
April 21, 2015
So sorry for your loss Gretchen. Praying for you!
Shelia Finnell
April 21, 2015
Bill always treated people with respect. Even though I was a few years behind him at BRHS Bill made me feel at ease around him. Bill was a very good athlete and a great team first guy. I really enjoyed being on the softball teams with Bill. RIP
Dennis Lorio
April 21, 2015
Bill was my team mate and friend. We saw each other infrequently but never let the years apart mean anything. I will miss his dry wit. My prayers to you all. Ben Odom.
Ben Odom
April 21, 2015
Have known Bill many years , and will always remember him as very kind and funny. I never heard him say bad things about anyone. Condolences to his family . May he now rest in peace. Rita Clanton Bennett
April 21, 2015
We had the pleasure of knowing Bill for many years. He will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences are with Gretchen and the family. We pray for fast healing of sorrow to all. Love Gordon and Rochelle Richardson
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