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Memorial Service

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel
Tuesday February 18th, 2020

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Mark E Nistler

Mark's life began on July 13, 1963, in Litchfield, MN.  He was the son of Joseph John Nistler, Sr. and Rose Mae (Stein) Nistler.  He is a graduate of Kimball Area High School in Kimball, MN.  Mark served his country in the United States Army for 20 years and 29 days, retiring as a Sergeant First Class with the 1st Battalion, 409th Regiment spending much of his service as an M1 Armor Tank Commander. He worked for the Foot Locker Co. for the past 19 years. Mark married the love of his life, Kyra on December 1, 1990, in Colorado Springs, CO.  They then had two daughters whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed home improvement projects and could fix anything. He also never turned down the opportunity to sit around a fire on the back patio with family and friends. Mark was a playful kid at heart and his grandchildren were his world.  He was an excellent cook, deer processor and renowned jerky maker. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.  Mark's greatest joy was his family. 

Mark is survived by his wife Kyra Nistler of Herington; daughters Shelly Steenbock of Manhattan and Sarah ( Matt) Dietrick of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren Emerson Nistler, Hudson Albano, Henley Steenbock and Heidi Steenbock; his parents Joseph and Rose Mae Nistler; his siblings Joseph (Patty) Nistler, Jr, John (Pamela) Nistler, Laura (Mike) Lincoln, Jim (Kay) Nistler, Nancy Nistler, Shorty (Lori) Nistler, Linda (Alan) Siebens, Lisa (Allen) Babcock, Peter (Shelly) Nistler, Rose ( Dennis) Alexander and Roger Nistler; a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and his trusty puppy Shelby.  Mark passed away on February 8, 2020, at the Herington Hospital.  His family will gather with friends on Tuesday, February 18th at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church led by Reverend Bill Neuman.  Military honors will follow the service at the church.  Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington is serving the family. Memorial contributions in Mark's name may be directed to Children's Mercy Hospital or Ronald McDonald House.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory at www.ymzfh.com  


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First, My condolences to Mark's family he was so proud of & loved so dearly. I was fortunate to have worked with Mark these past few years and his family were clearly the highlight of his life and brought him alot of joy.
For he always had a pleasant smile & greeting for you- whenever I asked him how he was doing, he'd say "couldn't be better" or "just wonderful," etc. He was ALWAYS in good spirits. This to me, was a reflection of the loving family he has. After just a short visit with him at work, it would make your day better just to see HIM! Marks presence here is and always will be greatly missed.

God Bless him always & forever. Mark has left this world a better place.
Again, my deepest condolences to his beautiful family- God bless & comfort you always.
Sincerely, Terra Hottman

Terra L. Hottman Feb 18 2020 12:00 AM

RIP brother....from former 1/37th in 60's

steelbeeredp@gmail.com Feb 16 2020 12:00 AM

We shall meet on Fiddlers Green.

John Roy Swinford SFC RET Feb 15 2020 12:00 AM

SFC Nistler was a great soldier stationed with him in Germany. I was the Battalion Mess Sergeant he was one of my tankers that would always come through the chow I would always wait for him at the back door with all the extra Tabasco I would save up Its for Jerky he told me. I make pretty good jerky when we get to the rear and deploy back Ill hook you up with some. That boy was right, he gave me some a few weeks later and it was good! Gonna miss you Sarge thanks for the best jerky Ive ever had.
Youre a good man.
RIP brother
MSG McCormick
2-67 Ar
Iron Dukes!!!!

Robert W McCormick Feb 15 2020 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of knowing Mark through working at Foot Locker. He was one of the first people to be kind to me in the Receiving Dept. He helped me learn all the different codes that were required and never for an instant got angry with me if I asked him the same question 5 times. Mark always told me that it was better to ask and be sure of the answer than to guess and be wrong. Here at Foot Locker Mark was know as "The Auditor", and though we have many auditors in the building you always knew who one was talking about when they said "You know... 'The Auditor!'". Mark was an amazing person with an amazing family, he smile and kind words will never be forgotten.

Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM

I knew Mark from school in Minnesota and he and his brothers and sisters rode the same bus to Kimball everyday. I am very sorry to find out that he had passed away.

David Jobes Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM

We moved to Watkins, Minnesota in 1980 and I finished out my 11th grade year and 12th grade years at Kimball High School. It was there that I first met Mark. It was Mark and several others in my class that befriended me, the new kid, in short order. I don't recall our first meeting, but we became good friends. I will always remember how he would call me Jerry. Only those who went to Kimball at that time will know what that meant, a joke. You wouldn't want to wear green on Thursdays....I think I did once and hence, he would call me Jerry :) After high school I joined the Air Force and he joined the Army and we went our separate ways. I think it was our 5th high school reunion held at the Fair Haven Park that I last saw Mark in person. Recently, through Facebook, we regained contact with eachother and I was saddened to see he was in such pain, though I had been friends with his wife Kyra for quite a while and would keep up with Mark. Then, Sunday morning, Kyra sent me a message with the news of his passing. I have searched my memory for times in school with Mark and I smile. The passing of a friend is a fresh reminder that "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved".

Bryan Bauman Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM

I met Mark and Kyra back in 1993 when we were neighbors in Army housing in Germany. Mark was such a good guy... just real salt of the earth and always happy to help people out. As a newly married Army wife, I was blessed to have such great neighbors! Hannah was about 2 years old when we met, and we welcomed her little sister Sarah when she was born. I have nothing but good memories of Mark and Kyra and the girls, and I'm genuinely so sorry to hear of Mark's passing. Please remember, you'll always have a friend in Ohio! God bless you all.

Amy Eagleeye Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mark Nistler

Jacqueline Mueller Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM

Mark was like a brother to me and will be sorely missed. I will never forget his willingness to help others. When you needed something to happen he was the one to get it done. Rest easy my brother.

Dave Ezell (EZ) Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM

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