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February 14, 2016
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Ephrem Paul Percha, age 89, of Alva, passed away January 29, 2016 in LaBelle. He was born Dec. 17, 1926 in Detroit, MI, to the late Francis Paul and the late Clara (Boik) Percha. He was a veteran of the Army.

Survivors include his wife: Karen(Johnson) Percha, son: David (Nancy) Percha, daughter: Denise (Jay) Stotts, step son: Troy (Connie) Tyler, sister: Grace (Jim)

Grandchildren: Brandi (predeceased) husband David, Jason (Sarah), Andrew and Vincent, great-grandchildren: Dylan, Hailey, Austin and Ava.

A memorial service will be held Monday, February 15, 2016, 1:00 pm at Alva United Methodist Church, Alva with Rev. Ralph P. Cotten officiating. Military Honors will be performed by the Army. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Ruth A. Reich (Nee Baumann) passed peacefully on February 5, 2016 at the age of 101. Preceded in death by her husband Paul. Loving mother of Bruce (Marilyn) Reich and the late Douglas (Shirley) Reich. Loving grandmother of Susan Parker, Wade (Mary) Reich, Lynn (Tom) Dow, and Dawn (Peter) Gerlach. Loving great-grandmother of Shane and Morgan Harris; Andrew Reich; Tara, Kathleen, and Madeleine Dow; and Paul and Megan Gerlach,

Preceded in death by sister Alberta Smith, brother Reinhart Baumann, and stepbrothers Edward and George Bluhm.

Graveside service was on Thursday, February 11, 1 p.m., Fort Denaud Cemetery, 1170 Cemetery Road, LaBelle, FL. Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle

Timothy Wayne Burtcher, age 51, of Pembroke Pines, passed away February 8, 2016 in Sebring.

Timothy was born Dec. 16, 1964 in Fort Worth, TX, to Wayne and Carolyn (McGuire) Burtcher. Timothy was a Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary Officer for 13 years, then becoming a Florida Highway Patrol Officer and serving for 8 years until his death. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with friends and family. He always made friends no matter where he went.

Survivors include one daughter: Sarah Burtcher of Fort Myers, step-children; Daelan Wilson and Ashley Veale, one brother: Stephen Burtcher and his wife Diane of Boise, Idaho and one sister: Kelli Burroughs of Lake City, Florida and his girlfriend, Mary Wilson.

Life Celebration service was held Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm at John B. Boy Auditorium, Clewiston. Interment Friday, February 12, 2016 in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston. Visitation was Friday from 1 hour prior to service at John B. Boy Auditorium, Clewiston, FL.


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  • Valentimes Daze
  • Commentary by T. W. Bill Neville

I remember how, in the third grade at St. Bridget's school, how I hated, what I called "VALENTIMES" DAZE. All because of Mary Jane Wagner insisting on giving me those "stupid", I "love" you valentines, while "nobody" else got any, from anyone.

Fortunately, my Mother, counseled me into relaxing and, that "this", too, would pass, and "it" did, so I was not "seriously'" deterred from "glandular" acceptance of the "real" purpose of the "DAY."

In fact, under the laws of today. I could have been cited for "harassment" by some of my Valentine targets. But, as you might suspect, all of these "hooligan" tactics faded away when "Cupid's" arrow struck me, and I joined that select group of going "steady" couples.

Now that my wife, one of the "steady's" is gone, I remember that with me being on the road for over 40 years, when I retired and we moved to Florida, I pledged 2 things. First I told her the story of Casey Stengel, the long time, over 60 years as a major League base ball Mgr., finally retired, and a New York Times reporter went to interview Mrs. Stengel.

Casey had this reputation of "off the wall quotes and stories: and the reporter wanted to know how Mrs. Stengel was going to cope with Casey being home all the time. She didn't hesitate a mini-second and fired back that she might have promised to "love, honor and obey, 'till death do us part"----"BUT i didn't marry him for LUNCH!"

Since I was "moving" my wife away from all her sons, daughter in laws, grand kids, sisters and a brother, this story was part of my sales pitch to get her to move to Florida in 1993. Fortunately for me, "lunch" was not "one" of the things i "pledged" to give up.

As I think more about those times, I believe my pledging to always "honor" her as "MY" ,one and only Valentine, on February 14, was a "clincher" for the 20 plus Valentine days in Florida before she passed,

NOW--------she's gone, and I'm back into my "VALENTIMES DAZE", with no one to "council" or "console" me.

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