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David F. Nestle
GREENWICH �David F. Nestle, 67, a resident of Ray Road, died Friday, Dec. 3,
1999, at his residence.
Born Jan. 5, 1932, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Edward and Lena
He was a graduate of the Johnstown School System in 1949.
David was employed by Sears Gloves, New York Central Railroad, Fonda,
Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad, Greenwich Central School and the
He served in the U.S. Army�s 714th Railroad Battallion.
Mr. Nestle was a graduate of Hartwick College in Oneonta, and of Albany
State Teachers College. He taught history at Otsego Central and Greenwich
Central from 1960 to 1987.
He was a member of St. Paul�s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs, New York
State Teachers Union, National Railroad Historical Society, the D & H
Bridgeline Society, Empire State and U.S. Railroad Passengers Association,
Washington County Historical Society, board member of Northeast Rails and
the Dillenbach Family Society.
Mr. Nestle�s interests were his Lutheran faith, his railroad involvements
His railroading career began as a teen-ager, spending time with the section
crew and the train crews on the Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad. He
spent five years with company working as a billing clerk, yard clerk, extra
freight handler and as an extra on the train crew.
Dave�s military service placed him in the 714th Railroad Batallion,
stationed in Ft. Eustis, Va., where he served as a train movement specialist
(station and tower operator).
Although Dave never subdued his interest in railroading, the �50s and �60s,
with superhighways and jet planes, found him pursuing another interest,
teaching history. He spent 28 years in the teaching field and, while in
Greenwich, he advised the History Club and was co-sponsor of STOP. His love
for the environment was demonstrated in his role in STOP and his commitment
With the coming of the Battenkill Railroad to the area in 1982, he assumed
the positions of brakeman and conductor. Years later as Northeast Rails Inc.
came into existence, he became a member of the board. He was supervising
conductor and crew dispatcher and served on the Batten Kill Rambler as
conductor. His rail service saw him working on the track, doing maintenance
work and conducting in freight service while involved with the railroad.
Dave�s interest in railroading found him involved in rail history, and as a
result he was author of histories on the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville
Railroad, the Southern New York Railway, the Hudson Valley Railway, the
Greenwich & Johnsonville Railway and the Kaydeross Electric Railroad. These
were all shortline railroads in upstate New York.
He and his wife owned and operated Happy Hill Farm, the location of Dave�s
railroad collection and Christmas tree plantation.
Dave�s involvement in railroading should not distract from his love of his
family, his Lord, his Lutheran faith and heritage. He served as an elder,
communion assistant, and choir member at St. Paul�s. He loved his hymn
singing. He served as usher for years and pursued the church�s history and
complied its archives.
Some of the high points for Dave combined his love of his family and his
love of railroading as the family traveled by rail in the summers from 1959
to the 1980s. The family criss-crossed the nation by rail several times and
saw Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, the Rockies, the Great Plains, the
desert, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Diego and more.
Dave�s philosophy, which he would like to leave as an example to all, was
love life, love the Lord, love your family, love God�s world and try to
leave some accomplishments.
Dave fought a brave, hard battle with leukemia.
He was predeceased by his sister, Hazel Nestle Snell.
Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Musgrave of Greenwich; one
son, Frank D. Nestle of Hartford; one daughter, Nancy Gordy of Newark, Del.;
five grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Martin and Miriam Nestle and Zane and Levi
Gordy; and two nieces.
A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at St. Paul
�s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs with the Rev. James
Friends may call on Monday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Flynn Bros. Inc.
Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich.
Memorials may be made in his memory to St. Paul�s Church, Hospice of
Washington County, 1 Myrtle Ave., Cambridge, NY 12816 or the Leukemia
Society Albany Division, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY.