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Karl S. Fantle, Realtor, teacher

Published Oct. 13, 2005

Karl S. Fantle, a prominent real estate businessman, died Friday at Canterbury Towers after a long illness. He was 87. Mr. Fantle, a 1923 graduate of Shattack Military School in Fairbault, Minn., co-owned and operated the Fantle Brothers department store chain in the Midwest for 34 years before retiring to Hillsborough County in 1959.

In 1961, Mr. Fantle became a real estate salesman and received his broker's license two years later. After he received his property manager certification in 1966, he built and managed the Caribe Fantle Apartments, Fantle Commercial Center and Fantle Busch Boulevard Center.

Mr. Fantle also taught real estate courses at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida. He founded the Karl S. Fantle School of Real Estate and taught there for many years.

"He was a good teacher," his daughter, Kay Arkin said. "He explained things well to people. He had a good record. A high percentage of his students passed the board."

Arkin said honor was important to her father.

"He truly believed in the creeds that realtors professed," she said.

Mr. Fantle enjoyed fishing, boating and watching the sunset over the water, Arkin said.

"We mourn him, but we don't grieve him," she said. "He led a full life."

Mr. Fantle was a member of the Tampa Board of Realtors, National Association of Home Builders, Tampa Home Builders, Sales and Marketing Executives, Tampa Multiple Listing, Tampa Committee of 100, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Masonic Blue Lodge and the Egypt Temple Shrine Consistory. He also was a life member of the Tampa Elks Lodge No. 708 and the Scottish Rite.

Besides his daughter, Mr. Fantle is survived by his wife, Alfreda Edelson; another daughter, Elaine Fantle Shimberg of Tampa; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by a son, Charles "Chuck" Edelson Fantle.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 Swann Ave.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to a favorite charity.