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Robert N. Nestlerode

August 3, 1951January 7, 2012

Robert N. Nestlerode, beloved husband, father, and brother passed away on January 7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. He was born in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 1951 the second of three children born to the late William A. Nestlerode, Sr. and Dorothy Dockstader Nestlerode. Bob graduated from Littleton High School in 1969 and received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy from Colorado. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science and entered the United States Naval Submarine Force. He commanded the USS Birmingham (SSN-695), Naval Submarine Base, New London, CT and Naval Submarine Training Center, Pacific. He earned his Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2003. He retired from Navy after thirty years of service in 2003. Upon moving to Colorado Springs, he embarked on his second career as an Air Force civilian at United States Northern Command (J3) at Peterson Air Force Base. He was active in his community through his involvement with Boy Scouts of America. He volunteered as the office assistant / webmaster for Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal of Colorado Springs and at the Episcopal Women’s Thrift Shop. He also volunteered at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs. Bob is survived by his wife of 31 years, Christine D. (Case) Nestlerode of Montrose, Colorado’ their children, Karl (Jennie) Nestlerode of Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Robert Nestlerode, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia; Austin Nestlerode of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother, William Nestlerode, Jr. of Fort Collins, Colorado and sister, Eleanore Nestlerode of Pecos, New Mexico; as well as nieces, nephews and a host of friends.


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 13, 2012


Robert N. Nestlerode

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May 21, 2012

Dear Nestlerode family,

I am sorry for your loss. I remember Capt. Nestlerode from when Karl and Robbie were in Boy Scouts with me. He was a good man and I am proud to have known him. May he rest in peace and his memories live on forever through his family, friends, and everyone else whose life he blessed by being in it.


James Doherty III

Ann Cady

April 29, 2012

Christine, I shall always remember Bob. You all made such a contribution to St. David's when you were there. May our precious Lord hold you and your family close during this time and know that we have you in our prayers. Ann Cady

Robin (Kerekes) Pierre

April 8, 2012

I met Bob in 1973 as part of the USNA and submarine family. We spent many good, fun times together in those early years. Though our lives went in different directions and we lost contact, I have never forgotten those memories. I want to share a particulary special memory...it was December 1977 and I was home with a newborn while my husband was at sea. Because I had a newborn, I had decided to forgo shopping for a live Christmas tree. Bob was very persistent in trying to talk me out of this decision. A couple days later, my doorbell rings and there stands Bob with the biggest smile and a Christmas tree in hand! Bob was truly a special person that I was blessed to have in my life those many years ago. Rest in peace, Bobabycakes.

Paul Jurcsak

February 3, 2012

Dear Christine and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. It was an honor to serve under Captain Nestlerode when he was Chief of Staff at COMSUBDEVRON TWELVE. Even more of an honor was to know the man and his devotion to family, friends, and the Navy. I was so happy that one of Katie's puppies went to your family and that "Duke" had the run of the SUBASE when the Captian had command of it. Captain Nestlerode will be dearly missed but his legacy will live on forever.
With Warm Aloha,

Mark Werner

January 25, 2012

I just received word about Captain Nestlerode's death. I had been planning a visit in my mind for months; so the two of you could meet my wife and children. I wanted them to be able to put a face with someone who so positively influenced my life and gave so much to his beloved Navy.

Please once again accept my sincere gratitude for all that you and your family did for me. I am particularly thankful to you for allowing me to celebrate those Thanksgivings in Newport with you and your boys.
He was my mentor and friend. I will miss him.


Mark Werner

Bradley Mittelsteadt MMC/SS Retired

January 23, 2012

To the Nestlerode Family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. I have fond memories of my Captain on the Birmingham. I served with him for 3 years as his Senior enlisted advisor in engineering. He taught me many valuable lessons and will be missed. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pamela Thurlby

January 22, 2012

It was an honor to serve as Captain Nestlerode's ombudsman onboard USS Birmingham. I will forever cherish his friendship and the lesson's learned. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Captain.

Patrick Kelley

January 22, 2012

I served with Lieutenant Commander Nestlerode on the USS Ethan Allen Gold crew as an Auxiliaryman. He was one of the best Engineers I served with in my Naval career. As he sails into the next life, I hope that his family can take comfort in the knowledge that he will be remembered and missed by many.

Lee Ann Fadler

January 21, 2012

Christine, I was deeply saddened to hear about Bob. I remember how we helped each other when Uncle Wayne died. I hope you will find comfort in your sons and your friends. We love you all. Lee Ann Fadler

dave stoops

January 16, 2012

Captain Nestlerode,
Thank you for your dedicated service in one of the most elite and discriminating branch of the military. It takes a special man to qualify submarines, let alone command them. Your contributions to our freedom are very much appreciated. I grieve with your family and pray that God will help them with that grief.

Thank you again for your patriotism.

Dave EM2(SS)