Sunday, October 21, 2018

Obituaries - Washam, Gallagher, Beavers, Totterdale

Ronald A. Totterdale, 75, of Alva, FL. passed away on October 15, 2018. Ron was born on December 22, 1942 in Martins Ferry, OH. He married the love of his life Sue Riley and they have celebrated 48 years of marriage. 
Ron is preceded in death by his mother Ruth Taylor and father Charles Totterdale, brother Tom Totterdale, his niece Cheryl Lynn Totterdale and great-nephew Brian Totterdale. He is survived by his beloved wife Sue; his two daughters Suzette (Eric) Cooksey and Julie (Tom) Anderson. and six grandchildren: Chase, Cole, Madeline, Calla, Camden and Haley. He is also survived by his brother's family Alice, Matthew (Jenny), Bruce (Ralene). Steve (Liz) Totterdale and their children Amanda (David), Keith, Brittany, Sarah, and Allison; in-laws Jim (Heidi) Riley and Patricia Kerr. Ron leaves behind many close friends and extended family.
Ron worked as an airline mechanic for United Airlines for over 40 years. He was always there to lend a hand to all in need from a family member to a stranger; his kindness and generosity were unmatched. Ron loved "treasure hunting" and visiting his second home in Bramwell, West Virginia. He was an avid sports fan - especially boxing, but his favorite sports to watch were those that his grandchildren were playing with technology allowing him to watch their games from Florida. 
He was fiercely protective of his girls and spent his life making sure that they were taken care of and knew how to take care of themselves. He had a magnetic personality and meeting him for the first time felt like you were just catching up with an old friend. He was loved by everyone he met and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. 
He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, his unmistakable "Totterdale" laugh, and his profound generosity. It has been a true blessing to have Ron as a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend and look forward to the day that we will meet again.
Funeral services will be held Sunday October 21, 2018, at 2p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Fort Myers. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Alva Cemetery at a later date.
Betty Louise Wayne Letson Withnell passed away at age 95 on October 15, 2018 at Oakbrook Health & Rehab Center LaBelle, FL. Born in Beaver County, PA on August 11, 1923 to Andrew Leon Wayne and Ada M. Hillier Wayne. She was preceeded in death by husbands Arthur Letson and E. Donald Withnell. She is survived by nieces: Nancy Scully Lorenzen. Judy Kelley Black, Patricia Kelley Butler, Valerie Kelley-Hall, and Mary Kelley Kitchens.
Betty worked in PA as an airplane propeller welder at the beginning of WWII then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to live with her sister Helen Scully where she worked as a civilian driver of military buses. Post-war she worked as an upholsterer. 
During the 1960's she owned and managed a western tack store located at Sunrise Blvd. & NE 9th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale. During the 1970's she and Don Withnell raced their thoroughbred horse in the East Coast Racing Circuit from Ohio to Florida. In the 1990's she ran an orange juice evaporator at the Berry juice Plant in LaBelle.
Betty donated her remains to the University of Miami (FL) School of Medicine. At her request no services are planned.
Arrangements are being handled by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home- LaBelle Chapel.
Esther Hill Beavers, age 93, of LaBelle, went to be with the Lord on October 16, 2018. She was born in LaBelle June 8, 1925 to Grover A. Hill and Sylvia Aiken Hill.
Esther attended LaBelle Schools and graduated from Florida State University. After graduation she was employed by Burdines in Miami as a buyer for 14 years.
During her 31 years in Miami she met and married John H. Beavers. In 1979 with her family, she moved back to LaBelle.
As a homemaker she enjoyed her oil paintings. Esther was a member of Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son: John Hill (Linda) Beavers of Riverview, FL
sister: Mildred Lewis of Ft. Myers
grandchildren: Daniel and Jessica of Riverview, FL
also many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John, son Robert James, and sister Dorothy Risher.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday October 25, 2018 at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church at 11 AM with interment to follow at Fort. Denaud Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Carlson United Methodist Church at 310 Campbell St. LaBelle, FL 33935.
Arrangements are being handled by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle Chapel.
Michael A Gallagher, 70, of Clewiston, passed away October 15, 2018 in Clewiston.
He was born Oct. 9, 1948 in Liverpool, England to the late Ludwig and Lily (Cuthberson) Kopecky.
He was a retired School Teacher.
Survivors include his husband: Arthur M Gallagher
one brother: Peter Kopecky
one sister: Jackie Dean
He was predeceased by his brother Robin Kopecky
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.
Roy Washam, 91, of Clewiston, passed away October 17, 2018 in Clewiston.
He was born Nov. 17, 1926 in Luce, KY, to the late Proctor and Mally (Ludington) Washam.
He was a veteran of WWII.
Survivors include one son: Proctor (Ashley) Washam
two daughters: Linda (Chris), and Shirley (Freedman)
10 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Virginia (Kiser),
a son Ronald (Tammy) Kiser
and a brother Virgil Washam.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

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