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Fredric "Ken" Kenneth Taloff

February 21st, 1933 - June 5th, 2024

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings..." (High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.)

Fredric Kenneth Taloff, son of Maurice Taloff and Anna Kessler, passed peacefully on June 5, 2024, at Winter Haven Hospital. Ken was preceded by his sisters Norma and Marilynn. He is survived by his three daughters: Mary Murphy, Sharon Taloff, and Terri Mossgrove along with 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was born in Oakland, California, on February 21, 1933. He honorably served in the United States Air Force and went on to be a career commercial airline pilot. He retired in Florida and most recently shared a home in Auburndale, Florida, with his daughter, Sharon. 

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Benjie Ray Coleman

My conversations with Ken at our social meetings were always enjoyable, sincere and just FUN. He had a stable radiance that only a seasoned captain could exude. Blue skies and tailwinds forever, Ken, we’ll form up later!

Published June 11th, 2024

Michael Hare

Ken was as warm and genuine a person as you could ever hope to know. His face radiated joy and a brilliant smile always. He will be missed by good fellows everywhere, we are lucky to have known him for this short time. Condolences to all who loved him.

Published June 10th, 2024

Jeff Macuga

Captain Ken, It’s been my great pleasure sharing the skies with you, and an honor knowing you since we both retired. May the Lord comfort your family and friends as we mourn the loss of a good pilot and a great man! Capt. & Mrs. Jeff Macuga American Airlines Lakeland QB’s

Published June 10th, 2024

Edward Verner

I met this man only in the last few years and really enjoyed getting to know him as a fellow pilot and good fellow. He was all smiles and all positive. There was no energy lost in conversation with him, and I enjoyed very much is sense of humor and his passion for flying and things that matter to those who do. R.I.P. good old guy. They don't make many like you and may you go west on silver wings.

Published June 10th, 2024

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