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Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home

508 E Linden Ave, Miamisburg, OH

OBITUARY

Gus Nianouris

September 12, 1921July 31, 2019

Gus Nianouris, 97, from Miamisburg, passed away on July 31, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Gus, more affectionately known as “Papa,” was born on September 12, 1921, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. As one of six children raised during the depression, he cultivated a strong work ethic and an overwhelming desire to provide for those he loved - two core values he carried with him throughout life.

The radio was, indeed, one of the major undercurrents throughout Gus’s long life. As a young boy, he taught himself how to fix broken radios, a skill which not only shaped his career path, but also led to another title he wore proudly: Ham Radio Operator W8FIR.

As a veteran of WWII, he was a member of the 189th Signal Repair, entering Cherbourg, France on D Day +3. He was awarded two bronze stars for his service to our country. Upon returning home from the war, he and his family relocated to Dayton, where his sought-after radio skills enabled him to work in many specialized manufacturing fields.

It was in Dayton where he met the love of his life, Norma Jean Faulkner. The two were married on March 29, 1947, and spent 72 years as husband and wife. They raised their four children in Miamisburg, in a home where the doors were always open to the neighborhood children, and everyone was always welcome -- especially if card games were involved.

Many would say that Papa was happiest while sitting around the table playing games with his family, a tradition that lasted until his final weeks. Even at 97, he was “sharp as a tack,” and would always begin each hand of cards with his signature warning: “NO cheating!” Unless, of course, he wasn’t winning.

Gus is preceded in death by his parents, Van and Flossie Nianouris, sisters Georgia and Toni, and brothers Emmanuel, Paul and John. He is survived by his wife, Norma; his daughters, Janie (Bruce) Jaffe, Renee (Ted) Noe, and Karen Miksell his sons, Gary (Linda) and David Nianouris; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He will be deeply missed by all. W8FIR signing off 73s.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Miamisburg with Rev. Michael Hout officiating. Services are entrusted to GEBHART-SCHMIDT-PARRAMORE Funeral Home, Miamisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands Food Pantry. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com

Services

  • Graveside Service Monday, August 5, 2019

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Dexter Baker

August 4, 2019

Dear David, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I know something about ham radio and I think it is really cool that that was his thing. All his ham buddies will be listening for the ultimate base station . Wish I could be with you all tomorrow Monday. Best to your family. Yours Dexter

Patty Disalvo

August 3, 2019

So sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers are with you.

Patty DiSalvo

Naomi (Faulkner) Spangler

August 3, 2019

So sorry, Norma and family.
Only met Gus when you guys visited us a few times when you were in Florida. I know he will be missed. Just remember the great times you had with him and know that one day you will be reunited... ♥️🙏

Kathy Brewer

August 3, 2019

Renee and family, we are so very sorry for your loss.

Peter Atherton

August 3, 2019

To all papa's family and friends. I'm sorry for your loss. It is comforting to know he was loved and lived a full life with an outstanding family. Pete and Sheila Atherton

Mike Daley

August 1, 2019

My uncle Gus was truly a nice man. I have so many fond moments of him when I was a little boy. Though each one may be small they are important to me. And they form indelible memories that I carry with me to this day. It saddens me to learn of his passing. Closing my eyes, I see pictures from the past and wish with all my heart that they could hang around for a while longer. Though I have incredible pain in my heart and tears in my eyes, my thoughts and prayers are for his children and Aunt Norma. Uncle Gus outlived his siblings and parents. He led a wonderful life and saw so much change in this world. My own mother loved her brother so much. Uncle Gus I love you, too.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY