passed away Dec 9, 2013 at Blake Medical Center. He was born in Ellenton, FL at Rocky Bluff. He graduated from Manatee High School in 1953, where he played football for coach Wheeler Leeth. After serving in the Marine Corps, he came home and started Cloud Insurance Agency, which he owned for 56 years. He was very active in Boy Scouts, serving as scoutmaster of Troop 102 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, where he served as General Chairman, Captain of the Crew, and Hernando DeSoto in 1973. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served on the Board of Directors of Youth for Christ. He attended West Bradenton Baptist Church and Island Baptist Church. He and his late father, Gene Cloud, Sr. were pioneer spear fishermen in Manatee County. Together they speared a Jewfish that weighed 545lbs. at a survey tower for the Skyway Bridge in 1953. He mentored many in Bradenton in scuba diving and spear fishing. He spent many summers diving in the Florida Keys. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting in Florida, Georgia, and Alaska. He loved spending time at hunting camp and telling stories around the campfire. He had many adventures in Alaska hunting moose and caribou, snowmobiling, and visiting friends in Wasilla. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Bonny Cloud; sons, Trey (Jill), Gary, Keith, Kevin (Leigh); three grandchildren, Brenton, Jennifer, and Tanner all of Bradenton, FL; two sisters, Florence of Winter Haven, FL and Mary Jane of Cuthbert, GA. Visitation 5:00-7:00PM Thursday December 12, 2013 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209. Funeral Service 1:00PM Friday December 13, 2013 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel. Burial will be in Ellenton Gillette Cemetery in Ellenton, FL. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Dec. 11, 2013