UNGER, Robert, 59, of Lithia, Florida, entered into glory on January 29, 2014, after succumbing to complications of an equestrian accident. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy
, having served as a radioman during the Vietnam War
era. He retired from the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office as a Master Sergeant after serving for 33 years as a Deputy Sheriff; beginning as a correctional officer, street deputy, K-9 officer, property detective, street corporal, sergeant of internal affairs for 9 years, and then sergeant of a highly effective street crimes unit. He served at five hurricane disasters in Florida, and was innovative in introducing the use of K-9s into Street crimes units and was the first to combine K-9s and helicopters in search operations. He was an active member of his church, teaching Sunday School for 22 years and serving as lay leader. He is remembered as a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandpa and faithful Christian. He was a friend to everyone he met and demonstrated kindness to animals domestic and wild. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, son, daughter, and 4 grandchildren, who were the light of his life. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 1 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 5049 Bell Shoals Road, Valrico, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 A.M. Interment to follow at Hopewell Memorial Gardens, Plant City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Black Dagger Military Hunt Club at www.blackdaggermhc.org
. Expressions of condolence at www.wecare.io.