Robert A. "Rob" Harnig III, 51, of Inverness, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. A native of West Islip, Long Island, N.Y., he was born Nov. 29, 1961, to George and Bettyann (Haake) Harnig, one of three children. Mr. Harnig moved to Citrus County 31 years ago from Fleischmann, N.Y. His working life held many facets, including his most recent position as an insurance consultant with USA Benefits Group. He was also a former manager of Gorman Co., in Hernando; a loan officer with Transouth and a driver for the Key Training Center, as well as a therapy technician for Brown School of Citrus County. Rob, as he was known to many, loved the game of basketball and was an accomplished statistician of the game. He was an avid New York Knicks fan; a die-hard New York Jets fan and was also a Florida Gator fan.
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He is survived by his wife of 15 years; Marianne V. Harnig, Inverness; three sons; Cory Harnig, Inverness and Matthew Harnig, Orlando, as well as Joshua Kyle of St. Petersburg; parents George and Bettyann Harnig, Beverly Hills; his parents-in-law Ludwig and Teresa Vita, Fayetteville, N.Y.; brother Steve Harnig (wife Alexa), Mount Pleasant, S.C.; sister Chris Osterhoudt (husband Rick), Margaretville, N.Y.; and his beloved dogs Maxy, Savannah Hannah and Sir Charles.
The Funeral Service of Remembrance will be at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, Lecanto, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, with Fr. Ladd Harris officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the YMCA Youth Basketball Program, Ocala, Fla. Interment will be private. Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills. www.ferofuneralhome.com
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2013