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Robert 'Bob' Nistler, 90

Robert "Bob" Nistler died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. He was 90.

A Mass was held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Anchorage, Alaska at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. A celebration of life will follow at a date to be announced later.

Robert J. "Bob" Nistler was born Dec. 16, 1921, to Susan (Thielen) and Steve Nistler in Eden Valley. He was raised on a farm with nine brothers and four sisters. Life was never dull and much of his work ethics of an "honest day's work" remained with him through his many years as a copper miner, cook, bartender, restaurant manager, and longshoreman.

During World War II, Bob joined the Army and served from 1944 to 1946 in Japan and the Philippines. Bob moved to Ahchorage in 1956 and remained there.

Bob retired from being a longshorman in 1985, and spent his remaining years enjoying travel, golf, fishing, fixing things, and just having a good time. Of special joy were the times he was able to be with his son Bob Jr., and his life partner Bill Metzner. Bob was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the AMVETS.

In 1965, Bob met Mia Brundin, and while asking her to play some music on a jukebox, informed her that he was going to marry her. Being the true stubborn German he was, he won Mia over and they were married in January 1968. Together they shared a life of loving and giving to each other.

Bob was preceded in death by brothers Norbert, Donald, Leander, Edward, Elmer, Gilbert, Harold, and Larry; and sisters Marcella Prows, Caroline Asfeld, and Lorraine Schieler.

He is survived by his wife Mia; son Robert Jr.; sister Lucille of Watkins; brother David (and Barbara) of Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews. He will be cremated. At some future date, his ashes will be buried with those of his wife Mia at the gravesite of his parents in Minnesota.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Cremation Society of Alaska. An online guestbook can be signed at