Ronald John Nistler

Ronald John Nistler

September 23, 1936 – April 30, 2010

 Ron was born in Eden Valley, Minnesota on September 23, 1936.  He passed away peacefully on April 30th, 2010 surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. 

 Ron grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and after serving in the US Army in Germany, he began working at Boeing.  He remained with Boeing for 47 years until his retirement.  

His gentle, wise demeanor, incredible integrity, kindness and loyalty touched many lives.  He loved gardening and his lighted holiday displays were enjoyed by many.  Another love was automobiles, especially Corvettes, having many great memories in his own. Watching westerns, old movies and basketball was a favorite pastime-especially when Duke won! He will be dearly missed.

 He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Redmond, daughter, Denise (Randy) Rankin of Bothell, grandchildren, Michael Humphrey of Lynnwood, Jonathan Merrill of New York City and Ashley Merrill of Houston, Texas, as well as three great-grandchildren. His brothers Jim Nistler of Medford, Oregon and Gene Nistler of Eugene Oregon and their respective families also survive him.

 The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Matthew Lonergan, the Evergreen Cancer Center and Evergreen Hospice Center for their dedicated, compassionate care during Ron’s illness.

 A memorial service will be held:        

Thursday, May 13th at 1:00 PM

Tahoma National Cemetery        (425) 413-9614

18600 SE 240th Street

Kent, WA 98042

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to:

Evergreen Hospice Services

c/o Evergreen Healthcare Foundation    

12040 NE 128th Street

Kirkland, WA 98034

 **Please specify donation is for Hospice Services

4 Responses to “Ronald John Nistler”

  • Gene Nistler says:

    During World War II, when Ronnie was 6 years old, the family moved out West and worked in the Kaiser Shipyard. Always an achiever, Ronnie and his brother Gene were news boys selling papers at the entrance and exit gates’ of the yard.

  • Mylo Adams says:

    Denise & Jean what a wonderful story. I remember the Corvetts and the always ready smile he had.

  • Jeff Nistler says:

    My uncle Ronnie introduced me to golf. He always took an interest in my life and my family. I have nothing but great memories for him. I was able to speak to him on the phone a few weeks ago and he spoke nothing of himself but only wanted to speak about my wife and kids. I will miss him dearly.

  • Jacqueline Burdick Sparks says:

    Ron, was my cousin. We were together early in our life as our parents worked in the shipyard. I was with Ron when he was hit by a car after crossing in front of a bus. He survived and went on to live a active interesting life. The obituary reads exactly like the Ron I knew. We did not see each other later in life but I did speak with him a few months before he died. I cherish his memory as a sweet loving boy. Our history and that of our parents, grandparents speaks well of our
    pioneer heritage. I miss him and it is to bad that family/cousins do not keep in touch with each other.
    Love to the family and Gene and Jim.

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