Alfred Bernard “Bernie” Kloeppel, Jr.

Born on August 17, 1953 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
Departed November 20, 2022 in Grant, Florida

Alfred Bernard “Bernie” Kloeppel, Jr. passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the age of 69 from cancer. Bernie was born on August 17, 1953 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and was a lifelong resident of South Brevard County. He grew up on Malabar Road where he went to school at Ruth Henegar Elementary and Southwest Junior High. Bernie was a 1971 graduate of Melbourne Central Catholic High School and attended the University of Florida as a forestry major.

While in Gainesville he spent time canoeing and exploring the springs along the Santa Fe River. Returning home, Bernie worked as a diesel mechanic, as well as a variety of jobs in construction. He lived for a period of time over on the beachside, surfing and surf fishing along with his chocolate lab “Bertha.” In his later years, Bernie moved to downtown Grant and he could often be found at Nelson’s Nursery or fishing at the Stick Marsh and Lake Marion with his Dad. In recent months, he toured the state, revisiting different state parks around Florida.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents Alfred Bernard Kloeppel Sr. and Betty Louis Barker Kloeppel. Surviving family members include his sisters Mickey (Sonny) Ratliff of Grant, Florida and Marcie Sakers of Archer, Florida; also his nieces Josie Ratliff, Melanie Sakers and Rachel Ratliff; nephew Ethan Ratliff and many cousins.

Calling hours will be Friday, December 2, 2022 from 5 pm until 7 pm with a memorial service at 6 pm at Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 E. Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne 32901. A Graveside service will be on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, 1422 Miller Street NE, Palm Bay 32905.

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Brack Barker from Williston wrote on November 30, 2022:
Bernie earned the rank of Eagle Scout, troop 323 in Melbourne. He once rode his 10 speed Schwinn bicycle (in one day) from Malabar to Crystal Lake in the Ocala National Forest where he met his family at one of their favorite camping sites. During Christmas break from Univ. of Florida in December 1971, he worked at Disneyworld's Cinderella Castle in that dining room. One night after work, we rode the monorail non stop, finally giving up at 29 trips around the DW property. Bernie introduced me to the Santa Fe River and springs in Jan. 1977 during a canoe trip with Bertha while I was home on leave from the Navy. We had other good times, rest easy cousin. Brack
Bill Reakes from Carrabelle wrote on November 29, 2022:
A good friend to me. Rest in Peace Brother.
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