"He served you with a smile": Polar Whip customers remember Ron Nesler

by Aaron Price
by Aaron Price

9/7/2021 | 6:30 p.m.

HERRIN - "It was just an absolute shock. It is unfathomable how someone can leave so quickly."

That is how Linda Goodson described the sudden passing of Ron Nesler, long time owner of Nesler's Polar Whip in Energy.

Goodson says she has been a customer at Polar Whip for as long as she can remember, and she will miss Nesler's iconic phrase the most.

"My favorite part was always sitting in the dining room waiting for your order. Every time he would say "here's an order" you would get a little excited," she said.

Goodson, who now lives in Harrisburg, says her family took her to Polar Whip almost every week as a small child.

"It will just be very different without his presence there. You always felt like you were at home when he was there. He would treat every customer the same," Goodson said.

The Nesler family announced Ron's passing this morning on Facebook...

"It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of my dad, Ron Nesler, this morning due to complications with COVID. We ask that you keep our family in your thoughts and prayers as we deal with this difficult time."

- Statement from Melissa Nesler

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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