Floyd John Nietling, husband, father, and the kindest man one could ever meet passed peacefully on November 5, 2018, at the age of 85.
Born in Chesaning, Michigan, on January 27, 1933, Floyd was raised by his parents Harry and Flaude Nietling on the family farm. Even at the age of 85 Floyd loved nothing better than to chat about his life on the farm. After graduating from Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School in 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Denver, Colorado. Floyd enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking as well as traveling in the area. He took courses at the University of Colorado and later at UCLA. Finishing his military service, Floyd worked a few years in civil service and following a friend’s advise applied to General Electric. It was in Denver that Floyd met Geneva, a flight attendant for Western Airlines who lived in the same apartment building. After their marriage, Floyd and Geneva lived in Colorado, Wyoming, and California before finding their way to Daytona Beach where Floyd worked on the Apollo program for General Electric. Floyd retired from General Electric in February of 1993 after 35 years of distinguished service.
An avid gardener, talented carpenter, world traveler and gentle soul, Floyd’s real passion was his family and church. Floyd embodied kindness, freely gave his time to others and always had a smile that came from the soul. Memories of backyard forts and play houses, family vacations, fishing trips, Easter Egg Hunts, collecting coins and butterflies, and time spent just being together will always be cherished by his family.
Floyd will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 59 years, Geneva; their two children, Greg (Paula) Nietling of Jacksonville and Tracey (Sean) Jersey of Japan; five grandchildren, Nina (Jacob) Daniel, Griffin Nietling, Dash Nietling, Shelley Jersey, and Bryce Jersey; and siblings, Betty Jean Gewirtz, Janice Coty, and Jack Nietling, all of Michigan. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents;his sisters, Yvonne Angst and Carole Mayhew; and his brothers, Donald Nietling and Arthur Nietling.
A celebration of Floyd’s life will be held at Prince of Peace Church in Ormond Beach at 1:30 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018, with a social at Blau in Ormond Beach immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, Floyd’s family would appreciate remembering Floyd by sharing a gentle smile or a kind word to someone in need.Floyd would be humbled by this honor.