George Wilmer Nesbitt, 83, Mosinee, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023, with his family by his side. George was born on October 10, 1939, in Bergen, WI, son of the late Gerald and Doris (Mesalk) Nesbitt. He married Patricia Longeway on June 16, 1990, in Schaumburg, Illinois, she survives.
George was proud of his service as a highly regarded A&P Mechanic in the Navy, before and during the Vietnam War, where his love for aviation began. After his time in the service, George worked for United Airlines as an airplane mechanic, becoming an inspector after passing the FAA exam with an impeccable score. During his time at United, he received many awards and recognitions including Mechanic of the Year. While working at United, he taught at McHenry County College as a welding teacher. George stayed busy after retirement. He was a jack of all trades, welding, logging, farming, hauling gravel, and bulldozing. He was never one to just sit around.
George’s greatest joy, however, was the outdoors. Many memories were made hunting with friends and family. He enjoyed taking hunting trips and teaching his children and grandchildren to hunt. Those who knew him knew how proud he was of his children and grandchildren. The proof was in the stories he readily shared with everyone. George will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Besides his wife Patricia, George is survived by his sister, Betty Smith; daughter, Karen Barber; grandchildren, Amber (John) Soldner, Madison Barber, Logan Barber, Olivia Barber, Grady Barber, Waylon Barber, and Jersey Barber; nephew, Alan Nesbitt; and nieces Dana (Keith) Glasel and Stacee (Robert Schwalb) Smith. George was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Nesbitt; son, Robert Nesbitt; sister-in-law, Barbara Nesbitt; and brother-in-law, Raymond Smith.
A Funeral service for George will be held on February 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church in Mosinee. Pastor Phyllis Smoot will officiate. Burial will take place at Mosinee Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, all at the church. Beste Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be directed to the family at www.bestefh.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s name can be directed to the American Heart Association.