Lt. Colonel Charles Henry Nestor
Lt. Colonel Charles H. “Chuck” Nestor (USAF retired), age 84, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2020. Chuck was born September 27, 1935, in Akron, Ohio, and was the son of the late Granville and Leota (Frye) Nestor. Chuck met the love of his life, Betty “Boots” Griffin, during college, and they were married November 21, 1956.
Upon graduating from the University of Akron in 1957, Chuck entered the United States Air Force. He began his 23-year military career as a Navigator, and later as a Navigator with an air tanker refueling crew, which entailed traveling all over the world. When the opportunity presented itself in 1962, Chuck went through Pilot Training. After a short time as a Fighter Pilot, he switched over to the C-130 Hercules and was stationed at bases all around the world and the United States. Chuck served in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star Medal for his support of combat operations in Southeast Asia. He was also awarded the Vietnam Service Metal with Bronze and Silver Stars, National Defense Metal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and many other medals and commendations during his service. He was stationed last at the Little Rock Air Force Base as the Deputy Base Commander’s Exec and retired in 1981. After his retirement, Chuck and Betty traveled extensively, cruising various locations in the Caribbean and Pacific.
Chuck was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty. He is survived by his children Sherry Trickey (Scott) of Benbrook, Texas; Cathy Friedl (Craig) of Sherwood, Arkansas; and Chuck (Rhonda) Nestor of Sherwood, Arkansas. His grandchildren Courtney Lackey (Caine), Amanda Trickey, Megan Scheeler (Shawn), Erin Musgrave (Michael), Caitlin Leonard, Colton Leonard (Janna), Hannah Friedl, and Stephen Christensen (Caitlin); and great-grandchild, Ellie Lackey.
Private family services will be held.
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