Fred Claus

Frederick Rochlitz Claus, 78, passed away Tuesday at his home.

Born on August 25, 1934 to the late Frederick William and Alberta Ruth Rochlitz Claus, Mr. Claus was reared in New York City. He had lived in Kentucky since 1961. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University, an Associate of Science in Animal Husbandry from New York State University, and a Doctorate of Divinity from the Universal Life Church. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he retired after 31 years with the Division of Water in the Cabinet for Environmental Protection.

Aside from his parents, Mr. Claus was also preceded in death by a brother, Leo Albert Claus, and a daughter, Michele Teresa Douglas (Scott).

Survivors include his wife, Linda Bryant Claus; a sister, Joyce Alberta Dodson; two daughters, Suzanne Carol Spaulding (Mark), and Nancy Jean Myre (Tad); three sons, Frederick Michael Claus (Charlotte), Kenneth Stuart Claus (Margaret), and Eric Neal Claus (Carolyn); two step-daughters, Cynthia Snodgrass Leal (Lewis), and Elizabeth Snodgrass; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date. Rogers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Dad, I love you very much and am heartbroken over your passing. I always thought you would be here(silly of me).No words can say how much I miss you, Love you. Your precious girl.

  • Fred, we loved you so much. I LOVED YOU LIKE A FATHER. You were a great person and we will definetely miss you. I know we will meet again in Heaven. much love and rest in peace may God bless you Charlotte, Rick Claus