William Lawrence "Bill" Kistner

February 24, 1949July 23, 2018

William Lawrence “Bill” Kistner, age 69 of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018. Bill was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the son of the late John William Kistner and Loretta Kathryn Paetz Kistner. He honorably served two tours in Vietnam in the United States Army and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was an Eagle Scout and a history buff. Bill will be remembered as a beloved father and brother. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Linda Swink, and two brothers-in-law, Jim Swink and Robert Griffin. He is survived by his four children, Rebecca Eaton, Chris Kistner, David Kistner, and Robert Kistner; three sisters, Peggy Griesel, Mary Helen Bettcher and her husband, Mel, and Kathryn Griffin; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Funeral Mass will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:00 am with Father Dan Steiner officiating. Military Honors and Interment will be at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to be made in memory of Bill to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250, or online at


  • John William Kistner, Father
  • Loretta Kathryn Paetz Kistner, Mother
  • Linda Swink, Sister
  • Jim Swink, Brother-in-law
  • Robert Griffin, Brother-in-law
  • Rebecca Eaton, Daughter
  • Chris Kistner, Son
  • David Kistner, Son
  • Robert Kistner, Son
  • Peggy Griesel, Sister
  • Mary Helen Bettcher, Sister
  • Mel Bettcher, Brother-in-law
  • Kathryn Griffin, Sister
  • Bill also leaves several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to cherish his memory.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Military Honors & Interment Tuesday, July 31, 2018

William Lawrence "Bill" Kistner

have a memory or condolence to add?