Edward Allen Kalchbrenner

June 20, 1938 - February 6, 2021
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Edward Allen Kalchbrenner passed away peacefully on February 6, 2021. Born in Chicago on June 20, 1938, Ed met his future wife, Dorothy Waldo Kalchbrenner in Kindergarten. Married for 62, years, they had two children, Debra Ann and David Allen. A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Ed was a pharmacist in the Chicago area until 1972 when the family moved to Venice. Ed was a pharmacist at Venice Hospital for 36 years and was the Director of Pharmacy for 10 years. As Director, he had the responsibility of designing the new pharmacy when the hospital underwent renovation. He was devoted to his faith and worshiped for almost 50 years at Grace United Methodist Church in Venice. He attended adult Sunday School, volunteered as UMYF leader, usher and worked at the pancake breakfasts. Ed enjoyed listening to several different church services online and studying his Bible. He served his country as a member of the Air Force Reserves and continued his patriotism as a member of the American Legion NoVel 159. He enjoyed his roles as Judge Advocate, Boys State Chairman and Historian. He received national honors for his unit’s History books. He was honored to have donated over 40 gallons of blood which undoubtedly helped many people. His interests included restoring antique cars which he would display at the Antique Club of Venice car shows and local parades. He enjoyed collecting sharks teeth and would always have a small bag of them in his pocket to share with a stranger when traveling. In his retirement, Ed enjoyed crafts, baking and gardening. He grew peanuts in his backyard garden and was a member of the Peanut Growers Association. He won many blue ribbons at the Sarasota County Fair for his peanut brittle and other entries. He always looked forward to a pontoon boat ride with the family. But his greatest joy was spending time with his family whom he loved very much. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, kindness and even temper. He was pre-deceased by his parents Edward F. and Cecelia Uhlig Kalchbrenner and son David Allen Kalchbrenner. His survivors, who will miss him very much, include his wife, Dotty, daughter Debra (Robert) Waldron, grandson Samuel (Sandy) Waldron), grandson Blake Waldron, great-grandson Spencer Waldron, daughter-in-law Kathy (Bill) Bornholtz, granddaughter Emily Monaghan, grandson Matthew Monaghan, sister Helen Zenisek, brothers Bob (Peggy) Kalchbrenner and Bill Kalchbrenner and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. All are thankful for the fun times with Ed. Due to the pandemic, a private family service will be held. Charitable contributions may be made to TideWell Hospice or Grace United Methodist Church. To share a memory of Ed or to send a condolence to the family, visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.

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Born: June 20, 1938
Died: February 6, 2021

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David Austin posted on 2/13/21

Mrs. Dotty and Deb, I remember growing up with Dave and all the times we had to push that beautiful old Chevelle he and his dad restored, so that he could pop the clutch to get it started. :o) Throughout my childhood and teen years Mr. Ed was a constant and kind presence. Full of love and a mix of gentle humor and wise advice. He was a man to be admired. My deepest condolences. David Austin and family


Mark & Nancy Kalchbrenner posted on 2/11/21

I have such great and fond memories of Uncle Ed through the years. I always remember his smile and jokes at family gatherings. Looking at some pictures this week of our last fun Florida visit and boat ride (holding the hand of the love of his life Dotty of course) and their wedding photo we looked at together with my family looking on in joy. And the one giving a piggy back ride to our son and his grandson. It means so much to me that my wife and kids grew to know and love Ed as much as I did and always will. He was such a great example of loving life and family.


Diane Drake posted on 2/11/21

I had the pleasure to work for Ed in the Pharmacy Department after I graduated from Venice High School for a couple of years before I went to college. Ed was a very kind, soft spoken good hearted man. He was a dedicated family man. I worked with Skip, Bob, Betty, Arlene, Laura and TJ back in the day. I learned so much from Ed. I enjoyed stopping by the Pharmacy when I came home to Venice. RIP my friend! Diane Muzzonigro-Drake


Joan and Joe Dixon posted on 2/11/21

Ed and Dotty were the first to welcome us to our new neighborhood when we moved to Venice. We were blessed to have them as our neighbors for 9 years before they moved to be closer to family. They loved the trips they often took to Disney with family and friends. We know what a leader he was with any organization or church he was a part of and a shining example of what we all should be. His gentle, caring, thoughtful demeanor was and will always be treasured by those of us who were fortunate to know him. He adored Dotty and being with family brought him so much joy. Hopefully he knew how much of that joy he brought to others. We will miss him greatly and know we will meet him again someday and see that boyish smile again. Our continuous prayers shall remain with Dotty, Debbie and the whole family. Joan and Joe Dixon


Carolyn Conte posted on 2/11/21

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Ed while an employee of Venice Hospital from 1985-1995 as the CEO's Assistant (Ronald Hanson and Jack Norman). Ed was always professional and so very nice. We all loved him.


David Hagan posted on 2/10/21

Steve Lackscheide informed me of Ed's passing. Ed was our sixth grade Sunday School teacher in Midlothian years ago. I recall us meeting in the pastor's office and it being very crowded. I appreciate Ed's patience with us all. I can appreciate it all the more, since a few years later, I was the sixth grade Sunday School teacher. It's a tough job. My condolences. Ed was a fine man. God bless.


Cheryl Haddon posted on 2/10/21

Prayers for Doty And family Mr Ed was A great man and boss, this saddens Me to hear of his passing. He was such an inspiration and great to work with and for at the pharmacy. My thought and prayers are with the family at this time . Cheryl Haddon


Bernard & Jeanine Walters posted on 2/9/21

What a great and fun friend we had with Eddie, 62 years! Dottie and Deb are heart breaks for you. May you have comfort in knowing how many care for you at this sad time. Sending our love from Iowa , Bernard & Jeanine Walters


Earl and Karen Midlam posted on 2/9/21

Ed was always helpful every year at the Holiday Parade and the Sun Fiesta events and we were sorry to hear about his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Roger and Dorothy Bleck posted on 2/9/21

We first met Ed and Dotty Kalchbrenner in 1962 when we each moved into our first homes just about the same time and right across the street from each other. We had many good times watching each other's children grow up. Then the sad day when they moved to Venice! However, that did not put an end to our friendship. There were trips back and forth, phone calls, letters and then emails and texts. and many wonderful vacation trips together. We had even more good times when we spent 17 winters in Bonita Springs and were able to get together often. We were graciously included in their family holiday celebrations. We always enjoyed Ed's dry sense of humor and kind ways. Thanks for the memories!!


Michaela Cleary posted on 2/9/21

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Sherry Storms posted on 2/9/21

I never had the pleasure of meeting your father but I know he was an excellent father because he raised and nurtured such a sweet, caring, loving daughter. I am praying for peace and comfort for you, your mother and your family. God bless you all.