Bernard ‘Bernie’ James Klodt

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Bernard (Bernie) James Klodt, 77, of Panama City, Fla., passed away, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at his home.

Bernard was born May 25, 1940, in Moorhead, Minn., to Jean and Vernie Klodt. Bernard was employed at CNW Railroad at the ore docks in Escanaba for 20 years operating the ship loader and dumper. He moved to Panama City, Fla., in 1992 and worked construction, picking up odd jobs here and there. He enjoyed working with his hands and would help anyone fix anything.

Bernard enjoyed working on cars in his spare time, and he never drove by a yard sale without stopping. He loved collecting antiques — what he found was always worth something to someone. His happy place was walking on the beach picking up shells and talking to anyone he encountered. He was a very social person and made friends everywhere he went. He also spent time at the Salvation Army in Panama City helping others.

Bernard is survived by his four children: two sons, Daniel (Rosemary) Klodt of Grand Ledge, Mich., and Christopher Klodt of California, and two daughters, Brenda Klodt LeBoeuf of Escanaba, Mich., and Barbie (Chris) Cotton of Grafton, Wis.; three grandchildren, Nathan Klodt, Andrew Cotton and Adam Cotton; his sister, Marty (Joe) Martini of Panama City, Fla., and his former wife, JoAnn Klodt of Escanaba, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Vernie, and his brother, William Klodt.

Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City, Fla., was responsible for assisting the family, we would also like to thank Keith and Chrissy Anderson of the Anderson Funeral Home for their assistance.