Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home

645 West Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL


Kit Carson Cody

April 22, 1945February 14, 2013

Kit C. Cody, 67 Winter Haven, FL/ Cody, WY Kit Cody (67), died tragically in a plane crash on February 14, 2013. Kit was flying his Cessna 310 from the Bahamas with his brother, Barry, and a friend when the plane crashed near the Fort Drum Conservation Area in Florida. Kit was born in Orlando, Florida on April 22, 1945. He attended High School in Winter Haven, Fl and enlisted in the Army in 1964. Kit was stationed in Minz, Germany and was a Paratrooper in the 509th Airborne Infantry, where he met his lifelong friends, Glenn Rice of Cody and John Syktech of California. He was honorably discharged in 1967 with the rank of Sergeant. Kit met the love of his life, Linda, in California in March, 1971. They married three months later, on June 26, 1971 in Cody, WY. Kit and Linda had two children, Kellie and Kevin, and raised their family in Cody. Kit was a motivated, hard working and creative entrepreneur, owning several businesses in Cody, WY over the years. He focused primarily on the motel business over the last 30 years, owning properties in Cody and in the Central Florida area. In 2004, Kit proudly declared himself “Retired” and devoted his time to family, friends and fun. While living in Cody, Kit loved serving the community. He became the youngest Chamber of Commerce President in 1976, served 10 years as the local American Legion Commander and enjoyed serving on the VFW Honor Guard the last several years. A compassionate soul, Kit also had an interest in health care. He attended the Northwest Community College Nursing program and served as an EMT for the Cody Ambulance. He also volunteered at the Nursing Home where he was known to lift spirits with his sense of humor and caring touch. Kit will be especially remembered for his adventurous spirit. So filled with energy, he enjoyed flying, motorcycling, skydiving, scuba diving, boating, water skiing, downhill skiing, hiking and backpacking in the mountains. He and Linda also loved to travel and had many grand adventures all over the world. Those close to Kit say “there was no better man” and he will be dearly missed. His life would seem too short to many, however, those whose lives were touched by him understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

Kit is preceded in death by his parents, William “Bill” and Dorothy and his brother, Jack. Kit’s brother, Barry, died along side him in the plane crash. He is survived by his wife, Linda, daughter Kellie (Bryan) Edwards of Cody, son Kevin (Natalia) Cody of Atlanta, Georgia, brother Bill Garlow of Cody, his 5 beloved grandchildren, Alex, Emilie, Andrew, Kylie and Tyler, nieces, nephews, cousins and many treasured friends.

A Memorial Service for Kit and his brother, Barry, will be held on Friday, February 22 at 2 p.m. at the Ott-Laughlin Funeral home in Winter Haven, Fl.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 22, 2013


Kit Carson Cody

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December 20, 2014

Dear Kit and Barry
It is now 12/20/2014. I truly miss you guys so much. You were my brothers by a different Mother. I love you very much. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you two. Love you forever. Glenn Rice

Kevin Cody

April 1, 2013

"Kit's Journey," in loving memory of Kit Carson Cody. Cut & Paste this link into your web browser to watch the video that was played at Kit's service in Cody, Wyoming: http://youtu.be/6Pcm0D5Z8TY Posted by Kevin Cody (Son). I love and miss you very much dad. I look forward to reuniting with you in Heaven.

Darby Allen

March 14, 2013

Absolutely shocked to hear of Kits passing. I met him most recently at Zephyr-Hills on a skydiving trip. He was still full of ambition and had the same sparkle in his eyes I remember when he learnt to Skydive in Lake Wales. He was a great man, a great friend and had a love of life that many only dream of. Another one of the worlds gentlemen has departed. We will miss you Kit.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with Linda and Kellie.
Darby & Jo. (London, England)

Allan Cody

March 7, 2013

Please accept my condolences on the tragic loss of your husband, Kit. It must be devestating.

Thank your for your steady service to the ICFA, you and Kit were a welcome moderating influence. I think he did well last June at the Reunion's Executive meeting.

I enjoyed your hospitality several times at the Reunions. I read the newspaper clipping about helping foreign travelers adrift in town.

If you ever come to Boston, look me up, we'll tour the Gardner Museum again.

If there's anything I can do, let me know

Warm Regards...

Okey Family

March 3, 2013

Dear Linda and Family,
We were saddened to hear about Kit and his brother, Barry. I only wish I could say we had known him longer, as he was so welcoming to me and my family at the 2012 Cody Reunion last summer. Please accept our condolences.
Mike, Susan, and Katherine Okey

Steve,Connie,Caleb,Jed Coy

March 1, 2013

Linda,Kellie and Kevin,
We are all saddened by your loss. Such fond memories we have of living next door to you in Cody. Kit was always so kind and generous. We pray that the Lord minister His love and comfort to each of you.

February 24, 2013

Please accept our condolences. Having been long ago friends with Kit and his father Bill, we are in sorrow. We first met Kit on our rafting episodes and got to visit with him on many of our annual trips to Cody over the years. We were especially close with his father Bill Cody as we stayed at his guest ranch on our vacations. As a family, Judy and our daughters Jamie and Teri enjoyed horseback riding most all of the trails accessible from the ranch. We especially enjoyed our visits with Bill. Both he and Kit were so nice to us. We have many precious pictures and memories of those days. Linda, you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. We hope to see you soon and give you a big hug.

Larry and Judy

William Pecchi

February 22, 2013

I feel honored to have him as a friend for 52 years.
He was the best.
In rememberance there is life....we will continue life but missing him terribly. Safe journey Kit.
William Pecchi

William Cody

February 22, 2013

Prayers to all.

Tom and Sonja Keith

February 21, 2013

We were so saddened to hear about Kit and Barry. We have such fond memories of the time we spent with both of these special men.
Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones.