Dr. Karl Elwood Nestor, Sr., 85, died Thursday, January 12, 2023 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Karl was born December 17, 1937 in Nestorville, WV a son of George and Cora England Nestor. He married the love of his life, Rosetta M. Triplett, on November 17, 1957. The celebrated their 65th anniversary last year. She survives.
He earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from West Virginia University, a Master of Science from West Virginia University and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Ohio State University. He worked for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center for 40 years as a researcher and professor, and as Associate Chair of the poultry science department for eight years.
Karl was considered a world expert of turkey genetics. He served as Associate Editor, Section Editor and Editor in Chief for the Journal of Poultry Science. He co-authored over 300 scientific publications and received numerous research awards from the Poultry Science Association and Ohio State.
He was a member of Shreve United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golfing and recorded five holes in one during his career. He led and coached the Triway Little League baseball system for 13 years. He was an avid deer hunter, a long-term member of the Gnat Boxers Square Dancing Club, and a member of the Wooster Ruritans Service Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons Karl (Melinda) Nestor, Jr and Keith Nestor; three grandchildren Aaron, Kelly and Lucas Nestor; and two nephews Randy (Lisa) Bennett and David Bennett.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Juanita Bennett.
In summary, he made a difference and was loved by many.
The family would like to give a special Thank You to Dr. Masci and all of his staff.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. With Pastor Dennis Rinehart and Pastor Jan Walsh officiating. Interment will follow the service at Wooster Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received Monday, January 16, 2023 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
Rose, Karl Jr. and Keith,
I was saddened to hear of Karl’s passing. He was a major contributor to the realm of poultry science and singularly facilitated turkey research in so many different ways. I always appreciated his significant service to the Poultry Science Association and together with Wayne, they put OARDC on the poultry research map.
Rose & Family
I am greatly saddened by the passing of Karl. He will always will be special to me. Thanks for the memories from OARDC to Ruritans.
Rest in Peace Karl!
Karl was such a kind, wonderful devoted husband to the love of his life, Rose. A love like this is rare to say the least. Rose, my dear friend from B&H- I am wrapping you in a hug l hope with Facebook we can remained in touch…. Most recent all communication was thru Karl. My heart breaks for the family. Keep those memories close 🙏💔
So sorry for you loss Karl. Prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
Dear Rose and Family,
Karl was such a giving man and a true leader in turkey genetics. Modern day turkey genetics is due to Karl’s research. He helped so many develop their careers including my own. However, his true passion was always his family. So many days, I would hear him say let me tell you about followed by the name of one of his grandchildren and their accomplishment. My
Your loss is great, for Karl achieved a lot during his life, and made everyone’s life richer. His warmth resonated through Facebook and I felt his generosity of spirit in his posts and comments. Jeff and I are very saddened by the loss of someone so dear to his family and many friends.
Rose, So sorry for your loss. Sending you a hug
I am so sorry, Rose. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God give you all comfort at this time. Bless you all.
Sincere condolences to the family of my long-term colleague and friend.
Rose and family, so sorry for your loss. He was such a kind and caring man. Hope you can find peace in knowing that he is at rest
now and will never suffer again. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
Condolences to the Nester family. I met Karl at Mohican Hills Golf Club, where he played on league all the years I worked there. He was a kind and gentle man, as were his son and grandson. I have many fond memories, and he fought his battle with grace for many years!
A hole exists in the world today. Karl filled that hole for 85 years. And in that 85 years he stepped forward to fill the gap to which Ezekiel referred. When God called, Karl answered. Now, he is in the presence of God, and that gives me peace. Save a place for me, brother; I look forward to playing heavenly golf with you and hearing about turkeys again. Don’t worry about those you left here; God is taking care of us. Enjoy the peace God is now giving you.
Dear Rose, Karl Jr. and Keith. We are so sorry for your loss. Karl was a dear and valued colleage and friend. We have many fond memories of his kindness and wit. We’re sad that we cannot attend the funeral as we are currently out of the country, but know our thoughts are with you and the rest of the family during this difficult time.
Wayne and Sue
I’m so sorry Keith. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Keith I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My condolences to your family. I remember the weekend we met your parents and how kind and funny your dad was. I will put you and your family in my prayers.
Sorry to hear of Karl’s passing and please accept my condolences. I worked with Karl as a past administrator at OARDC.
Karl was an exceptional scientist and faculty member at OSU and OARDC. His accomplishments in turkey genetics was major and had a profound impact on the turkey industry. Karl was an excellent mentor for many students and young faculty members. A good, gentleman scientist. He will be truly missed.
I enjoyed working with Karl and was appreciative of his great support during the period I was Chair of Animal Sciences. My hope is that peace and fond memories of Karl will prevail during this period of grieving by family and friends as a result of his passing.
Thoughts and prayers for Rose and family. Though I only knew Karl through Facebook, it was apparent that he loved Rose and his family a great deal. An accomplished gentleman and wonderful man for sure. My condolences.
My sincerest condolences for him at this time. My deepest sympathy and unwavering support for him. Wishing his family peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow.