A former Vernon County high school teacher, who spent most of his life educating students about farming and pursuing agricultural careers, has died. Dale Nestingen passed away last week at the age of 82.
Mr. Nestingen graduated from Westby High School in 1947, where he was active in the FFA. His family moved to a farm near Blair, where he farmed with his dad for two years. After attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then at UW-River Falls, Dale obtained a degree in Vocational Agricultural Education. He later received his masters degree in Ag Education.
Dale began his teaching career in 1953 in Amherst, where he taught ag classes for five and a half years. He then moved back to Westby, where he taught for 30 years.
Nestingen was recognized as a top ag teacher, receiving many awards over the years. He also had many students who received State Farmer and American Farmer Degrees from the FFA. He was the youngest teacher, at the time, to receive the Honorary American Farmer Degree.
He was an active member of Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church, serving as high school Sunday school teacher for many years; and serving on the church council.
Funeral services for Dale Nestingen will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 9 at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.