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LaBram, Bert 5/1/1930 - 10/30/2019 Brooksville, FL Bert Frederick LaBram, 89, Brooksville, FL (formerly Michigan), died Oct. 30, 2019 after a long battle with Cancer. Bert was Born in Detroit, Michigan to Bert and Anna LaBram. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Joan N. Reeber on July 2, 1949. Bert worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company for over 35 years until his retirement in 1982. Bert and Joan enjoyed 10 happy years of retirement together in Indian River, Cheyboygan, back to South Lyon, before moving to the state of Florida, before Joan passed in 1993. He then married Freddie Butler in 1998 and she survives. Bert is preceded in death by his wife Joan, his sister Betty, Brothers-in-law Robert McNeely and Edward Zucal, and brothers-in-law Edmund and Charles Reeber. Bert is also survived by his six children, Denise (Jeff) Beauchamp, Cheryl (Don) Dally, Bert (Amy) LaBram, Bart (Susan) LaBram, Kimberly (Bob) Barrett, Bret (Michele) LaBram; grandchildren, Mindy, Amanda, Bert, Bradley, Lindsay, Jamie, Jessica, Angela, Ashley, Alicia and Shane; greatgrandchildren, Brooklyn, Dylan, Jace, Luke, Zach, Sophie, Khloe, Hunter, and Jayden and Kyler; sisters Mary McNeely and Carolyn Buday; sister-in-law Jean Greeley, and many nieces and nephews. As a young man Bert loved to play games, he was a talented and avid bowler and softball player. He continued these sports into his adult life and taught his kids the joy of sports and games. Bert was a family man who enjoyed providing for his six kids and wife. Bert and Joan truly enjoyed living life to the fullest and raising their family in a world full of love. In the years raising six kids, summers included family camping trips, many with the Zucals. Bert loved the camping atmosphere, fishing, horseshoes and other outdoor daytime fun, and nighttime campfires with family and friends. At home after long days at work he was never too tired to play mushball, flag football, and frisbee golf with the kids. Nights were often spent playing games and watching movies with the family after Joan fixed a dinner for eight; every night. Winters were made fun for the kids with snowmobiles and sleds, summers with swimming pool, motorcycles, campfires and watching the skydivers. In 1975, Bert and Joan moved to Whitmore Lake where they enjoyed lake living which included the tradition of all the kids over every Sunday for dinner, lake time and/or playing pool. Bert was dubbed Willie Mosconi for his performance on the pool table, and the nickname "Willie" carried on through his life. Bert's biggest and longest hobby was raising and racing Homing Pigeons. He took this hobby (and his birds) everywhere he moved. Besides his family Bert loved his dogs more than anything. Too many to count in his lifetime but they all provided great comfort and companionship. Bert also loved music of all kinds. He collected it for years and almost always had the music playing. Especially in his last years he found great solace in listening to the music that brought back fond memories of the past and the "good ole days." Bert will be greatly missed but always remembered as a generous, kind, fair man, who loved life!
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