It is with a heavy heart that Olympic Arms announces the December 3rd passing of Master Pistolsmith Richard Niemer. Richard was an employee at Olympic Arms for more than 20 years, and supervised the 1911 shop that entire time. Richard was a proud graduate of Seattle Prep and Seattle University. He was both a well renowned 1911 pistolsmith whose work was sought after from customers all over the nation, but was also an accomplished musician, his primary instrument being the bass guitar.
While Richard had won many shooting competitions in his lifetime, he also earned the respect of many of his contemporaries in the 1911 industry for the excellent work that he performed, not only in manufacturing new 1911's here at Olympic Arms and formerly with Detonics, but also for his work in tuning 1911's of other brand names. Above all, Richard was a devoted father to his daughter Tessa Rose.
Richard was the oldest of the eight children of Richard Philip, Sr. and Dorothy Niemer. He is survived by his mother, by his seven siblings and, of course, by Tessa Rose. Richard born April 27, 1950, died at the age of 63.
Richard will be missed by many. His work here at Olympic Arms was exemplary, he was a valued employee and friend to many here. His dedication to his craft was umtached and will be sorely missed. This is not only a loss to Olympic Arms and his family and friends, but also marks the passing of a true 1911 great. His contributions to the 1911 industry will be long remembered.
A memorial service celebrating Richard's life will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater.