Louis Nemes Jr., 58, Southwest Florida resident for more than 10 years, formerly of Jupiter, Fla., and Ohio, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Cape Coral. Born Jan. 30, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was a U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran, serving on the USS Safeguard (ARS-25). Known as MacGyver by his friends, he could fix anything and was always on call to fix an air conditioner, car, boat motor, ice cooler, etc., completely remodeled a kitchen, bathroom and baked wedding cakes. He loved fishing for grouper and flying ultralight planes.
As a child, he wanted to be an astronaut and had a lifelong interest in rocket ships. In Ohio, he enjoyed ice fishing. In Jupiter, he repaired boats for people like Donald Trump and once drove a boat for Gloria Estefan. He built his 1965 GTO from the ground up, won trophies in car shows and displayed his car on a showroom floor.
He was a mechanic on the fastest speed boat in the U.S. in the 1980s. He owned a shrink wrap business with marine repair. He was a multi-talented person who even made his own TV antennas, and was a founding member of the Cool Cruisers Car Club. A complicated yet simple man, he was always the go-to person for any problem.
Mr. Nemes is survived by his loving wife, Inez E. Vaher; his mother, Alberta Nemes; five children, Stacy (Eric Thiss) of Virginia, Louie Nemes III of Virginia (retired Navy), Timothy of Virginia (U.S. Army) serving in Afghanistan, Michael (fiancee Penny Smith) of Florida and Shannon (Richard Deese) of Florida; two sisters, Diana See of Florida and Linda (Chris Wolleman) of Florida; 10 grandchildren, Britney, Ashely, Louis IV (LJ), and Dylan Louis Nemes; Shanice Littleton, Dakotah Thiss, Noah Nemes, Alexis, Aleena and Richie Deese; and one great-grandson, Jace Littleton. He was also called "Grandpa" by Brandy and Pepper Smith.
Memorial services will be held 2:30 p.m. today, Oct. 13, at Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1056 N.E. 7th Terrace, Cape Coral, which will include military honors. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 4575 Via Royale, Fort Myers, FL 33919, or the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Marietta, GA 30067.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.