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Paul R. Kickliter, 89, ex-judge, senator

Published Oct. 7, 2005

Paul Revere Kickliter, former School Board member, judge, state senator and rancher, has died at age 89.

Mr. Kickliter died Wednesday (Oct. 12, 1994) at Memorial Hospital in Tampa. He was born in Wimauma in 1904, and lived in Tampa for 67 years.

He began his professional life as a teacher in the 1920s, and served as principal of Palm River School.

He attended the University of Florida and Florida State Normal College in Madison. In 1930, at 25, he was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board, where he served two terms.

Eight years later he was elected judge of juvenile court of Hillsborough County and served 16 years. In those days, judges were not required to be lawyers, but in 1942, Mr. Kickliter passed the Florida Bar exam and became one.

In the 1950s, Mr. Kickliter invested in cattle ranching, citrus groves and real estate. From 1954 to 1958, he represented Hillsborough County in the Florida state Senate.

During the 1955-56 session, he helped establish the University of South Florida and offered to donate 1,000 acres as well as appropriate initial funding. He was also involved in having State Road 581 built to access USF.

He was honored as a 50-year member of the Florida Bar in 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lucille Hall Kickliter; two daughters, Virginia Kickliter Ostrander, Vero Beach, and Lucy Kickliter Creel, Tampa; two sons, George P. and Patrick S., both of Tampa; a brother, George K., St. Petersburg; seven grandchildren, all of Tampa; a niece; and two nephews.

Visitation will be at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 E Lake Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.The funeral will be at Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 Morrison Ave., at 1 p.m. Saturday. After the services, entombment will be at Myrtle Hill in the Kickliter Mausoleum. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made to the Pipe Organ Fund at Bayshore Baptist Church, in memory of Paul R. Kickliter.