NIETERT, Robert C. 82, of Largo, passed away April 23, 2014 in Largo. He attended Brooklyn Tech High School and College, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He was ROTC in college and joined the Army upon graduating in 1951. He taught bomb disposal techniques to officers and was fond of telling them, "there were no second chances". He later worked for Perkin/Elmer on the space shuttle program, designing an intricate toothbrush for astronauts, and also worked on nuclear submarine drawings for the U.S. Special Projects Office. The last 10 years of his career were spent as an import specialist for the U.S. Customs Service. On Nov. 12, 1966, he married Eileen and adopted her two teenage children, Robyn and Roger, to whom he was a caring father. He developed a life-long interest in gardening, horse-breeding, tropical fish, coin and stamp collecting and in later years, genealogy. He was happiest when surrounded by family, including his 5 granddaughters, Montana, Kari, Victoria, Kelsey and Christine; and greatly enjoyed the company of his brother-in-law and wife, Bill and Carol Belsky. A gathering hour for family and friends is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 4-5 pm, at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road in Largo. The service led by the Rev. Robert Scott of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church will begin at 5 pm at the funeral home. A celebration gathering of friends will follow the service in Serenity Gardens Gathering Room. For photo and condolences, please visit: www.mossfeasterlargo.com.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 27, 2014