Robert Anthony "Hitman" Luongo Jr.

Robert Anthony “Hitman” Luongo Jr.,55 of Melbourne FL, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Melbourne Regional Medical Center. He was born December 12, 1965, in Poughkeepsie NY to Robert A Luongo Sr. and Lynne Nehring.

After his parent's divorce in 1966, Robert's mother Lynne would go on to remarry Frank Walendziak. Frank saw Robert as a son and raised him as if he were his own.

In 1983, Robert proudly served in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer (Sapper) at the 3rd Armored Division in Hanau, Germany. He also served as a 12 Bravo Combat Engineer at the 98th Infantry Division. Shortly thereafter, he received his GED.

Robert started his career in the automotive industry over 25 years ago. He worked his way up from mechanic in various automotive dealerships to Service Director at Boniface Hiers Kia. He truly enjoyed his job and the family he worked with.

Robert was an avid NASCAR fan. His favorite driver was none other than #19, Martin Truex Jr. His hobbies included axe throwing (He was the Backyard Summer Axe League Champion), fishing, soap making, roller derby, bike riding, and traveling. He also played semi-pro football with the Glove City Colonials and the Amsterdam Zephyrs into his early 40's.

Robert had a favorite saying. It was “Go big or go home .” He put everything he had into everything he did.

Robert is survived by his wife Suzanne (Reynolds) Luongo, of Melbourne, mom Lynne Walendziak, son Brandon Luongo, stepson’s James(Melissa) Kocienski, Anthony (Brittney Christian)Kocienski, stepdaughter Megan Kocienski, 7 grandchildren, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Robert will also be missed by his cherished cat Remy. He is preceded in death by his father Robert A Luongo Sr, stepfather Frank Walendziak, maternal grandparents Dorothy and Vincent Nehring, paternal grandparents Ralph and Louise Luongo.

A memorial service will be delayed until people can safely assemble. The family has set up a memorial Facebook page where details of a future service will be published when the time comes.