Ronald Lee Nester


Ronald Lee Nester, 74, of Columbus, passed from this life at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at his home surrounded by family.

Ron was born October 9, 1947, in Oak Hill, West Virginia, the son of John W. and Mary E. Huffman Nester. On July 4, 1969 he married Irene Worrell.

Mr. Nester was a United States Navy veteran, serving in the Vietnam era. He earned a Bronze Star and was a Purple Heart recipient. Ron was honorably discharged after his military service. He began working at Cummins Engine Company and retired after more than 31 years there. Ron was an avid hunter, proud member of the NRA and loved to fish. Two years ago, he even traveled to Brazil and fished the Amazon River. He was also a longtime member of Trinity Holiness Church in Trafalgar (Pastor Jerome Baker).

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Irene; daughters, Melody (Brian) Wilson of Bargersville, Angie (Matt) Meek of Columbus; grandchildren, Brianna Thorpe of Hope, Bailey Thorpe (Zach Baker), Dalton Carpenter (Gabby Rossittis), Cameron Naylor (Liberty Jones), Brianna Wilson (Gavin Voyles), Keith Wilson (Nancy Renteria), all of Columbus; great-grandson, Ryder Thorpe of Hope; cousins Star Smith, Leslie Nester, George Nester, Gregory Reed and aunt, Pauline Nester.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Nester, Jr.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Barkes, Weaver &Glick Funeral Home on Jonathan Moore Pike with Rev. Don Ingram officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Main Street Hospice in Franklin, Indiana.

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