FRED BRANNON KLOTE – 81-
WINTER HAVEN - Fred Brannon Klote passed away of cancer at his home on Monday, November 15, 2010. A devote Catholic, he received communion from his Eucharistic Minister, kissed her hand, and died.
A lifelong resident of Winter Haven, Fred was born on January 25, 1929 to Wesley and Suzanna Bannon Klote. He was the grandson of two early citrus pioneers... Fred Klote and Patrick Bannon. Fred was educated at St. Joseph's Academy in Loretto (St. Augustine) and St. Leo's Preparatory in Dade City. He graduated from Winter Haven High School Class of 1947 and attended Florida Southern. He served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War as an AL/3 aboard a PBM flying boat. He was stationed in St. Petersburg where after Mass one Sunday morning a young woman, Kathleen Patricia McGuire, asked Fred and a buddy if the would give her, her sister and her mother a ride home. He married 'Tish" on November 13, 1950.
Fred enjoyed many sports especially water skiing with friends. Bill and Dewey Touchton and the area's first barefooter A.G. Hancock with whom he also won numerous bowling trophies and shared many hours fishing on local lakes. Regarded as an expert hunter and fisherman. Fred learned those skills from his father and mother who hunted the Everglades and fished the Ten Thousand Island especially Marco from the 1930's.
Fred's mother was affectionately known by his friends as "Mama Sue". The family at one time produced raccoon pelts for marking at $5.00 each and on the home front provided row crops to George Jenkins for his first Publix.
When Wesley died in the Glades in 1953, Fred took over as owner/manager of the family grove holdings. He never missed a hunting or fishing season although the hunt locales changed to North of Alligator Alley and finally to New Symrna when the St. Regis Hunt Club was established with Fred, Julian Johnson, Charlie Emry, Herbie Pollard, Bubba Tye, Sonny Steinle, Charlie Wolf, Jack Miller. Dick Dantzles, George Tripp and Paul Myers. City girl Tish also learned the ways of the woods and became an expert cook of such fare. She participated beside Fred in deer hunting, snook fishing and frog gigging. Their camp trailer porch, however, at one point displayed comfortable wing back chairs for just observing.
Fred and Tish celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2000 and received a Papal Blessing. She died of cancer in January 2007. Fred often said he had done pretty much everything he wanted to do in life and it must be said "He did it his way!"
Survivors include his cousins; Eileen O'Leary, Bannon Island, FL and James Patrick O'Leary, MD, Miami, FL; Special Friends include Mary Lou and Charlie Emry. Owen Bilbrey, Ford and Mark DeHaven, Tony Rote and his caregiver of the past few months, Mike Jenny.
Visitation will be on Tuesday evening Nov. 23, 2010 at Crisp-Coon Funeral Chapel with a Rosary said at 7:00pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wed. morning Nov. 24, 2010 at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Rolling Hills Cemetery.
Although Fred delighted in sending floral tributes, he requested that contributions in his name be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church or Good Shepherd Hospice. - (The Ledger, Nov.22, 2010 )