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Updated: 10/30/2013 08:00:02AM

Richard Willard Biehl

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Richard Willard “Dickie” Biehl, 77, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, Oct. 25, 2013, in Punta Gorda, Fla.

He was born Aug. 4, 1936, in Aurora, Ill., and at the age of 9 moved to Punta Gorda.

Dickie was the owner and store manager for Port Charlotte Flex-Bon Paints for 38 years, and when he retired 15 years ago, he was finally old enough to take up the sport of Golf. He was very good at golf, and also the resident Gator Trapper for nuisance gators. Dickie was a champion skeet-shooter, as well as an avid outdoorsman for 60 years. He would rather hunt or fish than eat. One of his proudest days was being a hunting guide out at Babcock Ranch for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer players.

Dickie would do anything he could to help anyone out. He would often be seen going over to a friend’s house with a bucket of tangerines to share from his fruit trees. He was loved by so many. It is hard to sum up Dickie’s life in such a small article because he was so full of life and meant so much to so many people.

For his sons, he will always be their guiding light, the example to follow, the smile that someone needs, and the inspiration to get them through the hard times. For his wife Kathy, he will always be the smile on her face, the love of her life and the strength to carry on. For his brother, Danny, and sister, Nancy, he will always be the big brother that they looked up to, the laugh they look for on a rainy day, the kindness in their heart when lending a hand.

As we all share a tear for what Dickie meant to us, he would want you to remember your personal story and experience you had with him, share it with a friend and, above all, Dickie would want you all to JUST LAUGH!

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 25 years, Kathy Biehl; sons, Richard A. Biehl, Randy L. Biehl and Andrew E. Manning; brother, Danny L. Biehl; sister, Nancy Stanfield; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, for friends and family visitation, with a formal service starting at 2 p.m., at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

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