Obituaries: February 16, 2017

Published on: February 16, 2017

Robert T. Anderson

Robert T. Anderson, 82, of Ruskin, Fla., passed away January 23, 2017. Known as “Grumpy” to his family and friends, Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired as owner of AFC Systems, Inc., and he was a member of the First Christian Church of Sun City Center.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Anderson. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Sara, two sons, Brian Anderson and his wife, Robin and Terry Anderson and his wife, Danyle, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial service with military honors for Bob were held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the First Christian Church of Sun City Center, 1707 33rd Street, S.E., Ruskin, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Richard C. Fox

Richard C. “Dick” Fox, 81, of Sun City Center, Florida, and formerly of Dayton, passed away on December 30, 2016 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Dick was born on December 2, 1935, in Dayton. A graduate of Fairview-White High School in 1953, he began working at his family’s dry cleaning business, Fox Cleaners, in Dayton. He then enrolled at The Ohio State University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Tau fraternity, as well as a trumpet player for the OSU Marching Band. He took great pride in sharing that he had been a member of “The Best Damn Band In The Land!” He graduated in 1961 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. That same year, Dick entered the United States Air Force as a Captain.

After serving honorably for two years, he spent an additional two years at Ohio State for training in pediatric dentistry. Dick then returned to Dayton, and worked in pediatric dental surgery at Dayton Children’s Hospital for the remainder of his career, retiring in 2011. He thoroughly enjoyed his work, especially training the resident dentists, and will be fondly remembered not only by his former patients, but also those who worked alongside Dick and listened to him “hum” as he went about his day.

Dick was preceded in death by his mother Alice Virginia Carville, father Richard K. Fox, brother Edward Fox, infant daughter Lisa Fox, son Steven Fox and two infant grandchildren Katharine and Austin Fox. He is survived by his loving wife Loriann, his son Mark R. (Amy) Fox, his daughter Carolyn (Paul) Kimmel, his stepson Nick Bocklage and seven grandchildren Cameron, Richard Carter, Hayden and Addison Fox, Trevor and Camie Raymond and Tori Bocklage.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dick’s memory to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center, FL  33573 or South Shore Concert Band – C/O Leah Micklatcher, 911 La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Center, FL 33573.

Jane Dever Killian

Jane Dever Killian, 88, of Sun City Center passed away, February 3, 2017.

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Marion Brammall and the beloved wife of the late James Richard Killian.

She was a member of both the Unity Church of Dunedin and the Unity Church of Brandon where she played both the piano and organ.

She loved attending shows and activities, which she often did with family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her niece, Janice Killian Burkett of Southern Pines, North Carolina; sister-in-law Lila Killian of Fayetteville, North Carolina; sister and brother-in-law Louise and Carl Folz of Hackettstown, New Jersey; as well as nieces and nephews and her cherished dog and constant companion, Lucy.

She was a wonderful sister-in-law, aunt and friend. She will be missed by all the lives she touched. A memorial service will be held on March 18, at 11 a.m. at the Unity Church of Dunedin, 1315 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to your favorite charity. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Dorothy A. Mikulka

Dorothy Anne Mikulka, 86, of Peoria, Arizona, passed away on January 27, 2017, in her home following a brief illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Mikulka, her former husband Norman Taber, and her son Gregory Taber. She is survived by her daughters Cathy Knobloch of Arizona, Carol Czapienski of Massachusetts, and Theresa Fugardi of Connecticut, and seven grandchildren. She also leaves a sister Nancy Garren of New York as well as several nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Union City, N.J., Dorothy raised her family in Rhinebeck, N.Y. while working for an insurance agency. Satisfying a lifelong love of travel, Dorothy and Dick spent their early retirement years traveling the country before settling in Sun City Center, Fla. There they served the community for several years, she as a paramedic, he as her ambulance driver. Following her husband’s death, Dorothy moved to Arizona to be with her daughter.

Dorothy was an avid crafter, who especially loved knitting, sewing, and quilting, winning several awards for her knitted sweaters.

She was well loved and will be greatly missed

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. Sun City Center, Fla., followed by a private graveside service at the Florida National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573 or to the American Cancer Society.

Dr. John W. Slaughter

Dr. John William Slaughter, 71, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away January 25, 2017. John was born July 25, 1945 in Auburn, Alabama, and raised in Tuskegee. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Emily and  daughters Capote, Cyrile and Emily; sons Courtland and Jon; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

From a young age, John had a passion for science and overcame dyslexia to become a veterinarian, spending 38 years in the profession. In St. Petersburg, John worked at Noah’s Place Animal Hospital from its founding until 2006. He then worked for Ruskin Animal Hospital until his retirement in 2014.

In addition to a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee Institute, John had a master’s degree in Fish Health from Auburn University and worked for many years with Segrest Farms of Gibsonton.

When he wasn’t working with animals he was working on antique cars and drove his favorite car on the day he died.

He loved animals, and people and was never happier then with a challenging case. John was driven to help everyone succeed, and all who knew him are better for this. Several people have pursued a DVM at his encouragement, and he loved sharing his hard-won knowledge.  He always had a story to tell and a smile for everyone. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held on February 18, at 11 a.m. at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK Street N., St Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, please donate to any animal charity of your choice.  Visit the family’s personalized online guestbook at