Father, Grandfather, Photographer, and Friend
  • 69 years old
  • Born on August 30, 1949 in Elyria, Ohio, United States.
  • Passed away on May 4, 2019 in Denver, Colorado, United States.

William D Nelsch Esq. (Bill) died just after midnight on May 4th 2019 after a long battle with colon cancer and lung disease.  His daughter Laura and son Ryan were by his side and comforted him until he took his last breath.  Bill was born on August 30th 1949 in Elyria, OH to W. Russell and Harriet Pauline Nelsch (Garries) who preceded him in death.

Bill will forever remembered as an avid photographer who was always behind the camera to capture moments with friends and family alike.  He was also an attorney and influential member of the bankruptcy community here in Colorado. When he wasn’t shooting or practicing law, Bill could be found in the Ballroom dancing like no one was watching.

Bill is survived by his older brother Don Nelsch, sister in-law Karen Nelsch, nieces Cindy Oesterling and Kathleen Nelsch, daughter Laura Kissinger, son Ryan Nelsch, and grandchildren Jordan Nelsch, Carmen Nelsch, Mariah Nelsch, Kelli Nelsch, Sydney Kissinger, Kerri Nelsch, Ryland Nelsch, and Dalton Nelsch.  

Services and a celebration of life will be held at the Botanic Gardens per his last wishes on May 17th at 4pm.  We invite all those that wish to memorialize Bill to join us at that time as we say our final goodbyes. Any wishing to attend can access the Botanic Gardens at anytime during the day and walk the gardens as you please, the celebration of life event will start at 4pm in the Gates Hall.  Enter through the Visitors center and tell them you are there for Bill Nelsch’s memorial, there is no fee to enter. We invite everyone to wander the gardens with camera in hand, as that would be exactly what Bill would do.


Posted by Irish Farley on May 16, 2019
Dear family and friends of Bill, We are so sorry we will be out of the country at the time of Bill's memorial. We are sure it will be a beautiful day. Sending love, Irish and Jim
Posted by David Hoskins on May 15, 2019
I regret not being in town to attend Bill's memorial. Always friendly, always helpful, and forever a reliable source of legal advice, I miss Bill's smile.
Posted by John Berman on May 13, 2019
To the family of Bill Nelsch, I deeply regret being unable to attend Dad's memorial. I called him "Wild Bill"; he called me "Big John" - both names funlovingly inappropriate. We spent a great deal of time opining about everything from bankruptcy situations to the Cleveland Indians. I was wonderful and I'm very saddened the end has come. They will always be fond recollections. I hope his memory will be an equal blessing to you. With best personal regards, John Berman
Posted by Dzen Filipek on May 13, 2019
Bill, I am so sad that you are gone. You were one of the first attorneys to mentor me when I came to Colorado. I will always remember your funny stories, your reference to me wearing the black hat when I was working for GMAC and your kind and gentle guidance. I knew if I had a tough question, I could always come to you. You will be missed!
Posted by Kathleen Canclini on May 11, 2019
On behalf of the Absolooney Investment Club, we want to tell you, Bill, how much you will be missed--your smile, your humor, and your expertise and wisdom as Treasurer of our Club. You have been a wonderful friend to all of us over the past 20 plus years. You get stellar honors for bringing the best salmon, throwing the ball the most times for the dogs, and none of us can forget your attempts to take pictures of 10 puppies all at once! We wish for you everlasting peace...we love you and will not forget you. Kathy, President
Posted by Debbie Gilliard on May 10, 2019
We met Bill at the dance studio. We had great fun dancing in formations with him. It was always fun to visit his online photography studio to see the pictures he had taken of fellow dancers - he certainly had an eye for the perfect picture
Posted by Pam Appleyard on May 9, 2019
It was always a "beautiful day" when Bill was around. ❤️
Posted by Jackie Garcia on May 9, 2019
Bill, you have been a true friend to our family for 27 years. We want to thank you for being such a light to everyone. We appreciate all the things you have done for all of us. I am so glad we got to be part of your amazing life. Love you so much.

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