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Herbert Frederick More

December 25, 1936 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old


The Reverend Herbert Frederick More (Fred) died unexpectedly in Orlando, Florida on October 26, 2023, at the age of 86. Fred is survived by his loving wife of over 34 years, Susan Rendsland More, his four children Gwendolyn Mercer, Andrew More, Jennifer Webb (Carey), and Andrea MacFarland (Brent), six grandchildren, Sonny Mercer (Ariel), Eli Lauren Mercer, Zachary More, Liam Webb, Zoah MacFarland, and Anna Webb, and one great grandchild, Iris Mercer, two nephews, Dylan More and Thomas Philipps. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy (Knouse) More, his father, Newton H. More, and his brother, Newton S. More.

Fred was born on December 25, 1936, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. His family then moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where they were members of St. James Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. Fred received his Bachelor of Arts from Capital University, Columbus, OH in 1959 and his Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH in 1963.

Fred was the founding pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Augusta, Maine from 1963-1970. In 1970, his family moved to the state of Florida, and he became the pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Indian Harbour Beach. In 1976, Fred became a Mission Executive for the Division of Service and Mission in America for the American Lutheran Church, where he worked in project development, including land purchase, building, personnel selection, and project management. Fred was responsible for the establishment of thirty-seven churches/ministries in the state of Florida, as well as a number of others along the eastern coast, over the course of his ministry from 1976-1988.

In 1988, Fred retired from active ministry in the Lutheran Church and became the proud owner and general manager of Calico Jacks of Kissimmee (a restaurant and oyster bar) in Kissimmee, Florida with his wife, Susan. Fred and Susan created a strong community with their CJ’s team members and their loyal customers who considered their restaurant a haven and a place to call home. He never lost touch with his CJ’s family and they to this day have remained an important part of his life.

In 1998, Fred sold the restaurant and moved onto work as a real estate agent with REMAX. He enjoyed this change, while missing his CJ’S family, especially as he met so many new wonderful people. He was also involved extensively in ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kissimmee. He served for a number of the years as the President of the Trinity School Board and was one of the founders of Garden of Hope, an after school mentoring and tutoring program for Trinity students. He also worked with the congregation and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service to sponsor two refugee families from Iraq, who have remained friends to this day. Upon Susan’s retirement from Trinity, they returned to their congregation, St. John Lutheran Church in Winter Park. Again, Fred worked with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the St. John family to bring two refugees from Africa. He worked one-on-one with the refugees to establish their lives in the United States and to ensure their long-term success. One of those refugees went on to attend the law school of Fred’s alma mater, Capital University, and is now an attorney in Nebraska, and remains a part of the family.

Fred also loved his Florida State Seminoles as three of his four children attended this university. He was the President of the Seminole Club of Greater Orlando from 1997-1998, hosted for almost ten years the Bobby Bowden Golf Tournament and Banquet and served on the Executive Board form 1991-1999. He also was instrumental in fostering connections with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the University. He and Susan were members of the University Club and Seminole Boosters and enjoyed many Seminole football games in Tallahassee and he always cheered on his favorite team.

Fred served in leadership and service roles throughout his entire life. These positions included acting as the President of the Eastern District of Luther League (1956-1958), the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Luther League (1959-1960), a member of the President’s White House Commission on Children and Youth (1959-1960), a member of the Governor’s Council on Mental Health and Religion in the state of Maine (1963-1966), the President of the New England Conference of the ALC (1968-1969), the President of the Brevard County Mental Health Association (1971-1972), a member of the Board of Regents at Trinity Seminary (1972-1978), the Vice President of the Board of Regents at Trinity Seminary (1977-1978), a member of the Florida Lutheran Council on Continuing Education (1975-1976), a member of the Standing Committee for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (1978-1984), and the founder and first president of The Gift, Inc. (a drug prevention project), (1971-1976)for which he received the keys to the city. He was also a founding member and Executive Board member of Lutheran Ministries of Florida (now Lutheran Services of Florida) from 1982-1987.

During the last several years, Fred was working on a book, The Knouse Family of Sandy Run, which was to be published detailing his Knouse family from the mining town of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was in the process of completing this book when he died, and his family will ensure that it is published in his honor.
Fred’s life was filled with love, grace, happiness, and joy. His passing will be deeply felt by his family and all who knew and loved him. His spirit will live on in our hearts as we fondly remember all he brought to our lives and to the lives of others. He had a servant’s heart, and we will honor him by serving others as he did throughout his life. Bubbles up, Fred. We love you more than words can express.
A Memorial Celebration of Life Service for The Reverend Herbert Frederick More (Fred) will be celebrated on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 11:00 A.M., at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorial gifts be made to St. John Lutheran Church Outreach Ministries, 1600 S. Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789.
For those attending the Celebration of Life please wear bright colors, Seminole garb, casual attire, anything that reminds you of Fred. He will be smiling.
The More family is being cared for by: CONRAD AND THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741; 407-847-3188.

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