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In Loving Memory

Nieters, John Robert

April 5, 1976 - June 6, 2024

Baptized into the Hope of Christ’s Resurrection Thursday June 6, 2024 at the age of 48. Beloved husband of Sara Jaspers; dearest son of David & the late Janet (nee Stackle) Nieters; dear brother of Sherrie (Robert) Paytonjian, David (Cori), Tom (Robert Yocham), Tim (Jen) & Scott (Missy) Nieters; dear son-in-law of Terry & Sandi Jaspers; dear brother-in-law of Erin (Mike) Koeppe & Lisa Jaspers; loved uncle of Matthew, Ryan, Jacob, Michael, Rachel, Rebecca, Christina, Jacqueline, David Jr., Kaley, Abby, Emme, Amanda, Colin, Drew, Gavin, Clare, Elaina, Max, Emilynn, Cade & Tessa; great-uncle of Shae; our dear nephew, cousin, Godfather & friend to many.

John was born April 5, 1976, in St. Louis. He graduated from St. Mary’s high school in 1994. John attended Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State University) for his undergraduate and master’s degrees, where he founded McEwan’s, an intramural sports club that evolved into an incredible social community. John lived in Springfield, MO, Olathe, KS and Minneapolis, MN before eventually settling back in St. Louis. On April 30, 2022, John married Sara Jaspers at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in St. Louis. John worked in software sales most of his career. John was an avid St. Louis sports fan, holding season tickets to the Cardinals, STL City FC and Blues games.

John, “Big Country”, or “Big John” (as he often was known) lived up to those nicknames. His personality and kindness were bigger than life. Whether he met you in school, at work, playing sports, at a Cardinals game, on a vacation, or on a night out…you were part of John’s crew. He lived his life with a “more the merrier” attitude which often found him leading large groups to sporting events, on trips, and to social gatherings. For the many who were fortunate to join him, you were guaranteed a good time (and great seats!). He was always the first to lend a hand or a dollar to those in need, with an unrivaled ability to put others first.

He cared most deeply for his family, often sharing the latest achievements and locations, of his beloved nieces and nephews. His guiding light was always his mother Jan. If you spent any time around John, you heard the phrase “Jan Nieters is a saint!”. He left the world too early but we know he is in good hands.

SERVICES: Visitation at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road Friday, June 14, from 3-8 P.M. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony Padua Catholic Church Saturday June 15, 10:00 A.M. Immediately following Mass there will be a police escort to Resurrection Cemetery. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorials to SLOCA St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness sloca.org  or Our Little Haven ourlittlehaven.org.


41 thoughts on “Nieters, John Robert”

  1. Dear Tom, Robert & The Nieters family- Hearing about John’s unexpected passing has left us heartbroken for you and your families. No one is ever prepared to say goodbye under such tragic circumstances. Stay strong and lean on loved ones who can offer comfort during this unimaginably painful time.
    Love, Delbo & Tommi Leach

  2. John was a kind hearted friend
    Always smiling and he would do anything for anyone
    I will miss you
    Keep smiling john.

  3. Sorry very sorry to hear about this. I went to grade school with John and hung out with a few other friends. Will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. I am so sorry Sara and the entire Nieter’s family for the loss of a one of a kind guy. We loved “little John” so much and always looked forward to opening day because we knew we’d get a hug and cold beer from John and Sara. We will miss him so much and I am praying for all of you as you navigate life without him.
    May God and his angels bring you comfort

  5. Sara & the Nieters Family,
    We are heartbroken to hear about John’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
    We loved John very much and he will be dearly missed.

    Joe & Kelly Carlisle

  6. I called John my “other son”. He and Kirk, my son, were joined at the hip. I feel a deep hole in my heart with his passing. You Nieters’ are strong and will be there for one another in this trying time but it will be tough. He has joined his mom in heaven.💕 So sorry for this loss.

  7. David. My sincere condolences! I just read your post on Facebook! My prayers goes out to all the family! I too lost a brother! Think of brother Jerry all the time! We will have all the family in coming days! Again so sorry for this family loss!

  8. The world is a lesser place without Big Country in it. He always had a smile on his face, his laugh was infectious and he was a friend to everyone he met. May you rest in peace my friend. I will miss you.

  9. John, you warmed every place you were and everyone you touched is richer for it. Your smile and kind heart will always live on. Much love and prayers to all. You will be very missed.

  10. Mr. Nieters (David), Sara and Scott,
    My family and I send you our deepest condolences and wishes for your comfort at the loss of John.
    John was that guy at our work at Databricks. That guy that was a great professional. He knew his business and he contributed immensely. That guy that cared about the people around him. I remember one big gathering we had as a company, I was 30 people deep away from John and he catches my eye and waves to say, “I see you!”. He always made people around him feel seen.
    Heaven is better off. I join you in your grief. I wish our heavenly Father wraps His huge arms around each of you, from Dad Nieters to the nieces and nephews.
    With love and sorrow. The Savage Family (Terry, Daphne, Issac, Tyler, Celine, Keanne, Blaise and Braxton.)

  11. Dave and to the the Nieters family I am so sorry to hear about John he was such a kind, fun, loving person we will all miss him very much 6. I’m so sorry I can’t imagine your pain and grief at this time.
    Nothing about this is easy, and it just hurts. I’m so sorry, Dave. If you need anything please let me know. Love Connie

  12. We are so saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a special part of the Nieter’s family and a great friend to many people.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. John will be missed but his spirit and love for life will stay with everyone fortunate enough to cross his path.

  13. We are forever blessed to experience the opportunity to know this man. He greeted us with such friendliness and whatever you interacted with him you felt you were important to him. May God provide us all comfort to deal with such a loss and may God hold John in his hand.

  14. I was deeply saddened when I heard the news. I wish I could just say something to help you through this loss, but no words will work.

    John was a good human and he was always so friendly and accommodating. We worked together for a minute while at Databricks as peers and I truly enjoyed it.

    He will be sorely missed.

    Harris Family

  15. From the moment I met John, I felt like I had known him for years. That’s the kinda guy he was. John never knew a stranger. I’m heartbroken by his unexpected passing but the wonderful memories and good times will now and forever live on. Thanks, John, and God bless you and the entire Nieters clan.

  16. Sara, Scott and all the Nieters. Our hearts are broken for you and the loss of such a great man/coach/mentor/friend. He was truly a one of a kind and will always hold a special place in my heart. May God watch over and comfort you in this time of sorrow. Prayers and love, Rafe and Shannon

  17. Nieters family,

    I am so, so sorry for your loss…to say John was “one of a kind” is the understatement of the century ! He was simply loved by all he touched and just such a unique and special human…we will all miss him…our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family…we are just so sorry for your loss..

    Paul and Nikki Forte

  18. To the Nieters Family,

    We were so saddened to hear about the passing of John. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. As you know, John lived life to the fullest but also took the time to make everyone feel incredible around him. He will truly be missed by all. Please accept our condolences during this most difficult of times.

    -Brian & Jill Dryer

  19. We were so sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and continue. We are glad your parents went to be with you Sara, they are such good Christian people. Take care of yourself and lean on God and the people he sends to you.
    Kevin & Rhonda Deutsch

  20. John was one of kind. There was never a time when I was with him that I wasn’t laughing. I am so very sad that he is no longer with us and like so many other great people that I miss from St. Louis, I wish I would have had the opportunity to spend more time with him. But the short time that we did have together left a great impact on me. His charisma and humor were infectious and inspiring. The world will miss him greatly. Love you John.

  21. Nieters Family, John touched everyone so deeply with his warm and caring heart. He will be deeply missed by all. Our prayers are with you and your entire family.

    The Alessandro Family
    Mike, Kami, Sam, Maria, and Ben

  22. My sincere condolences to the whole family. John and I went to Resurrection together and I have so many memories of him and always looked forward to seeing him through the years! I will truly miss his amazing spirit and I am heartbroken that I will be out of town and unable to attend his services. Please know that I will be there is spirit and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. So sad to hear this news. Please accept our condolences during this most difficult of times.

    Patty & Steve Sinning

  24. Nieters family, we are so sorry for your loss. Big Country was such a joy and full of life. My heart breaks for you all. But I know your faith will help you through this time.

  25. Nieters Family, Sara, Scott,
    I am so incredibly sorry to hear of this loss and want to send my condolences and let you know there is a very sad heart in Downers Grove mourning this loss. John was a larger than life human and it was impossible not to have a big smile when you saw him or spoke to him. He had a razor sharp wit, was funny as all get out and it was a gift to spend time with him. Please know that we are thinking of you during this terrible time and he will be sorely missed.
    With Love,
    Mike and Kara Morrissey

  26. Nieters Family,

    Big John will certainly be missed. Such a good man gone too soon. Much love to all of you in this hard time. God bless.

    Mike, Lynn, Jacob, Anna and Tess Kenny.

  27. Dear Sara,
    I cannot tell you how saddened we are by the news of John’s death. We have no words to express our sorrow. May you feel Gods love during this time. May John rest in peace. And may you all your family be comforted.
    Royce and Lunette Grimsrud

  28. Sara, Scott, and Nieters family,
    We were absolutely heartbroken to learn about John’s passing and wrap our arms around you in this unimaginable time. Nominally, I worked with John at Databricks but he was an otherworldly friend and mentor. He made everyone feel seen no matter what they were going through. He supported me like few others in my family’s darkest battles with childhood cancer. He will be missed dearly.

    Paul and Mandy Mracek

  29. Everyone, I’m terribly sorry for your loss. Your brother/son/friend will be missed by everyone. It was a special day when I ran into Neiters out and about. He always made my day brighter. I loved that guy! 2008-2013 is when I got to know John the best. He will forever have left a positive impression on me and in addition taught me how to be my happy self even in my hard times then. A pure treasure! John is Legend! He will never die!

  30. So sorry to hear this! I met John in college and we probably started as intramural rivals. We quickly became teammates and good friends because John is such a fantastic person. I played softball with John after college and saw him at various sporting/social events. Being around John was always a great time! He will be missed, however, the intramural league in heaven just got a lot better. 💪🏼

  31. Please accept our humble and healing prayers and warm condolences. All we can add, to the long list of the many people who love John and the Nieters Family, is John was a delightful and a one-of-a-kind blessing. Eternal rest grant unto John, Lord, let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen

  32. Nieters’s family,

    I remember John as such a free spirit who loved life and lived it to the fullest. John never wasted an opportunity to have fun, yet he also always found a way to get the job done. I know his early departure will leave a void with each of you, but rejoice in the fact that you will one day see him again in heaven!!

  33. I am so sad to hear about John. His infectious smile warmed the room and he was so kind to everyone. I enjoyed working with him at IBM and learning from him. My sympathies to the entire family and friends.

  34. David and family,

    Big John will be missed by so many. Loved his energy and kind heart. May God bring you peace and comfort as you mourn his passing and celebrate his life.

  35. Nieters Family-
    I had the privilege of working on John’s team at Databricks. Family was priority 1 for John and he made it known that family should be priority 1 for everyone who worked for him. As a manager, John was super supportive, caring and creative. We spent a lot of time traveling together, meeting with customers. He had the ability to quickly create strong rapport because of his fun personality and his strong industry knowledge. It was a privilege to work under John. I miss him greatly.
    God bless you during this challenging time.
    Andy Beranek

  36. David and family,

    Was so very sorry to hear about John’s passing. Have great memories of his infectious smile, big personality and love for life and having a good time. The good lord and your family will get you through this. I know he will be deeply missed.

  37. To David and the entire Nieters Family –
    We’d like to express our deepest most heartfelt condolences. More than 20 years ago, David, John and the entire Nieters family embraced my husband as one of their own, offering love, support, and a sense of belonging that transcends mere friendship. My husband felt a bond that mirrored kinship; like brothers that he never had. While our hearts are heavy right now, we find comfort and solace in the fact that John will rest eternally in the loving arms of Lord.
    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. John’s spirit will always remain with us, and his memory will continue to inspire and guide us.
    With deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences,

    Eliott and Marian Dover

  38. To the entire Nieters family,

    We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of John. He was truly one of a kind with his big personality and big heart. He never knew a stranger, always had a smile on his face and brightened up any room he entered. He will be dearly missed. Please accept our condolences during this difficult time.
    – Doug & Michelle Hutton

  39. David and family –

    John “Big Country” as has been so correctly said, had such a big, infectious, kind, happy personality. He was a real joy to be around. I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to know John. You will be terribly missed by all who knew you, but your zest for life will inspire all of us.
    -John Sceals


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