Robert William Germeroth, November 4, 1923 - December 5, 2012

Robert William Germeroth, of Mission Viejo, California, beloved father, grandfather and friend, passed away at the age of 89 on December 5, 2012. The Lord blessed him with good health, a loving wife, Jore; five children, Susan, Phyllis, Robert Jr., Monique, Cameron; seven grandchildren, Megan, Justin, Britta, Lee, Jackie, Katie, Kirstyn; and one great grandchild, Annabelle.
Robert Sr. was born in the Bronx, New York City on November 4, 1923 to parents, Louise and Charles Frederick Germeroth. He attended PS 55 and then Evander Childs High School up to graduation. He continued his studies in engineering at New York University at night for a year and a half.
Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 as an Air Cadet eventually graduating as a Flight Officer. He served in the 9th Air Force in France as lead navigator, entered active duty after Bastonge, and was involved in the battle of the Rhine carrying troops and supplies to General Patton. He celebrated V-Day over Germany and then flew back to Ft. Bragg to await transfer to the Japanese theater. Within two weeks, Japan surrendered after two destructive nuclear bomb attacks. His group was rapidly deployed home and life began anew.

Robert continued his studies at New York University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1953. His career consisted of Municipal Engineering as a town engineer on the East Coast covering major sewer projects, drain and road improvements.
Eventually seeking more challenging opportunities, Robert migrated to the West Coast where his expertise fitted him well as a Construction Manager. In the course of twenty years, he was in charge of over ten major wastewater treatment plants in the western states of California, Texas, Arizona, Idaho, and a project in Iran just prior to the abdication of the Shah. Bob continued working until age 70. Successfully retired he traveled extensively in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.
A memorial service is planned for December 17, 10:00 a.m., Presbyterian Church of the Master.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to PCOM Children's Ministry in memory of Bob Germeroth, 26051 Marguerite Parkway, MV 92692.

Published in Orange County Register
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