Joseph Daniel “JD” Nester, 82, of passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Son to Daniel Emil Nester and Eglah Cowan Nester, he was born July 26, 1933 in D’Hanis, Texas. JD could be found on any given day on his ranch working cattle or hunting. An avid athlete in high school, JD played football at Uvalde Jr. College prior to joining the Marine Corps in 1954 where he played football as well. In 1957 he left the Marine Corps and continued his football career at Texas A&I. He was a punter for the Gil Steinke’s Championship Teams in the late 1950’s. He finished his degree at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, ultimately receiving his Masters in education.

He was offered a contract to play for the Philadelphia Eagles after leaving Texas A&I, but in those days it did not pay like it does today so he choose to start his coaching/teaching career. He married Kathleen Kneese in 1957. His teaching and coaching career included numerous stints at numerous schools which included Dilley, Nueces Canyon, Moody and finally Robstown where he finished his career. While staying busy as Assistant Principal and Ag teacher he found time to serve as a referee for basketball and football and umpire baseball games as well continue in his life long love of sports and the kids. He truly loved spending time with his fellow referees.

JD is survived by his brother Hubert Allen Nester, his niece Lauren Haby, husband Jeff Haby, their children Jacob and Neely, nephews Stuart Shannon Nester and wife Beverly, their children Morgan and Luke, and Barton Nester and wife Lisa and their children Tyler and Tessa.

He is preceded in death by his wife Kathleen, son Dan Ray and daughter Memory Ann. The family would like to thank his close friends in Fredericksburg for their love and friendship they gave JD during his retirement years.

Funeral services will be held on Friday January 8th at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Hondo Cemetery, Hondo, Texas. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9 to 10 in the Schaetter Funeral Home

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Hill Country Memorial Hospital, or to the charity of one’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at Arrangements are by the Schaetter Funeral Home