C. Frederick “Fred” Nieter
C. Frederick “Fred” Nieter, Warsaw, passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Paddock Springs Assisted Living in Warsaw, at the age of 94.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1928, in South Bend, to Frances Claribel (Kilmer) Nieter and Cyril Frederick Nieter. He was a 1947 graduate of John Adams High School. On Jan. 6, 1951, he married Dorothy Jane “Dot” Haenes. They were blessed with 60 years of marriage before Dot passed away on July 10, 2011.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was inducted on Jan. 29, 1951, and was a proud Korean War Veteran. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 7, 1953. In 1957, he graduated from Purdue University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering and later his Master’s Degree from I.U.S.B. (Indiana University South Bend) in 1973.
He worked as an electrical engineer for Bendix Corp. in Mishawaka for many years and the Pillsbury Company in New Albany for 15 years, retiring in 1991.
Over the years, he and his family made their home in South Bend; Niles, Mich.; Georgetown, and finally in Warsaw. He was a member of the Warsaw Optimist Club, was a Kosciusko County Court Appointed Specialist Advocate (CASA), and a longtime member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake.
He was an avid Warsaw sports fan, loved fishing, camping, golf and boat rides on Chapman Lake. He was one of a kind, had a great sense of humor and enjoyed meeting new people. He enjoyed a good story, especially if he was the one telling it!
He loved the Lord and served him faithfully, knowing he will share an eternity in Heaven with his loved ones. He cherished the time he spent with family, and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will forever be missed.
He leaves behind three sons: Gary (Bonnie) Nieter, Warsaw; Randy (Cindy) Nieter, Chesapeake, Va.; and Rod (Kim) Nieter, Memphis. Also surviving are five grandsons: Aaron (Brooke) Nieter, and Jeremy Nieter, all of Warsaw; Tad (Kara) Nieter, North Manchester; Brent (Kim) Nieter, Chesapeake, Va.; and Gregory (Amanda) Nieter, Memphis; two granddaughters: Lori (Dustin) McCollum, Chesapeake, Va.; and Morgan Nieter, Memphis; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and one sister: Jacqueline Rose Nieter.
Friends and family may visit from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. Fred’s life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor Kip Cone. A graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be directed to Encompass World Partners, P.O. 64528, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-4528.
Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw, is handling arrangements.