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Opinion Obituary
Richard “Dick” Cox
January 2, 1945-January 23, 2018
Richard “Dick” Cox passed
away peacefully on
A Day in the Life January 23, 2018 in Indio
California. He was 73. Dick
moved to Blythe in 1968 to

The advice of a groundhog v. me

become a farmer. He
originally partnered with his
father in law, Ted Hininger.
In 1997, his son Tim joined
the farm and later this year
his granddaughter will
become the third
BY CATHYLEEN RICE be another six weeks of or in full effect in the made three purchases generation to farm the Palo
TIMES REPORTER winter, but guys, let’s South, my sinuses and of vanilla ice cream just Verde Valley. Those who
be honest, Blythe only allergies give me the ole’ to keep me satisfied on knew Dick no doubt have

’m not quite sure has two seasons (nice- boy; so yes, I believe I mild nights. great memories of him. He
if the groundhog hot and blazing hot), so have mighty Phil beat So although the rest of enjoyed snow skiing,
playing bridge, building off road race cars, working the
seeing his shadow Phil’s prediction is only on this one. America will probably be farm but most importantly, he enjoyed making memories
in Philadelphia meant for those located Nonetheless, in ad- taking heed to the advice with his family. The lessons he taught his sons of hard
really applies to Blythe, back east. dition to my allergies of a groundhog that only work and loyalty are surviving time as they are passed
down to his grandchildren. His words of encouragement
because as of the first of And how do I know keeping me watery eyed comes out of his hole ev- and kind gestures always made his daughter in laws feel
February, my allergies spring is around the and congested, I’m start- ery so often, I think this at ease. Those who cared for him will never forget the
have been going banan- corner, you might ask? ing to notice small bugs year you all should listen sparkle in his eye when he was teasing, his mischievous
as on me. Well, one thing for sure sunbathing on my door- to me, a person who has smile when he was setting up a joke or the tone in his
Yes, I know the fa- and two for certain, my step, my need of turning been leaving home every voice when he was serious.
mous predicting weath- allergies are only sea- on the air just so I can day for the past month, Dick is survived by his wife Donna Cox, his two sons
er rodent Punxsutawney sonal and when spring peacefully fall asleep with the sniffles and a Rich (Lisa) and Tim (Brandy), and his four
Phil predicts there will is around the corner and the fact that I’ve red nose like Rudolph. grandchildren, Daniel, Erin, Kennedy and Payton. He is
also survived by his sister Linda and brother Gary and
many nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death
by his parents Clyde and Martha and brother John.
The Mighty Pen Dick courageously fought multiple sclerosis for over 25
year. A celebration of life event will be held at the home
of Tim and Brandy (11520 W. Riverside Dr.) on
February 18th at noon. A light lunch will be provided and
all who would like to celebrate Dick are invited to attend
and share stories with his loved ones. Donations on his
behalf may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis
Please sign the guestbook at

City PSA on water

heater changeouts,
permits and safety

our old water
heater finally
broke for good.
Now you
have to spend the
weekend replacing it,
when you’d rather be
doing anything else.
Did you know that
water heater replace-
Guest Column ments require a build-
ing permit?
Water heaters can

We need to relearn the art of romance

move or tip over dur-
ing an earthquake or
accident if not properly
anchored. Movement of
BY TOM PURCELL Valentine’s Day. of romance was not met confusion and hurt as or impact to the water
Second, I was broke. with ridicule, but with we jump from one short-

heater may cause gas PHOTOSPIN.COM
still have no idea All I could afford was Laura’s euphoria and lived relationship to leaks in gas line con-
why Laura Lindsey candy. gratitude. another. pressure relief valves
nections, which pose a are not correctly in-
liked me, but she I got a quarter out of As older generations We pretend we don’t fire hazard.
did. my piggy bank and rode might say, “I chased her admire the romance old- stalled, it could result
Improper gas line
It happened during my bike to a nearby until she caught me!” er generations mastered in the water heater
installations could re-
my sixth-grade year in Mom-and-Pop conve- I was a wreck. as they slow-danced, sult in gas leaks. Water exploding.
the spring of 1974, when nience store. I eyed the In the span of 15 shared handwritten leaks from broken or By obtaining a
she transferred to our candy display like a hours, my emotional notes and enjoyed an improperly installed building permit and
school. jeweler seeking the fin- state went from puppy ever-deepening love water lines may cause having your water
Laura had grace and est cut of diamond. love to doubt to utter through many acts of water damage to floors heater inspected after
style and was instantly After passing over terror. kindness over many and walls. Proper vent- installation, you are
embraced by the popu- the more costly fare — I I dodged Laura the years of marriage. ing of the water heater ensuring your family’s
lar girls. almost bought a Mallo rest of that day, the rest We desperately need is crucial. Improper safety. For additional
She was out of my Cup but worried I’d of that week and all the to relearn the art of venting could result in information, contact
league, but I pursued eat it before giving it way until school let out. romance — especially a fire or cause dangerous your local Building De-
her nonetheless. to her — I settled on a I dodged her the first clumsy oaf like me. carbon monoxide to partment at 235 North
Trying to impress her Big Buddy, a flat stick week of summer by div- In any event, I grew build up in your house. Broadway, or call us at
one day while playing to miss Laura Lindsey If the temperature and (760) 922-6130.
of bubble gum that only ing under Mr. Bennett’s
“keep-away” during re- over that summer. I
cost a nickel. forsythia shrubs as she
cess, I grabbed the ball hoped to pick up where
and ran near her. I soon found myself rode her bike down my
I didn’t know it then, sitting in my sixth-grade street. we left off in the fall.
But before school re-
Your View
but thousands of years of classroom, pen in hand, To be sure, practicing
trying to compose the the art of romance has sumed, Timmy Schmidt Our readers are encouraged to voice their opinions
DNA were at work — the on this page. Send in your letter to the editor to:
perfect words to write never been for the faint swiped her from me.
same primitive energies
on that flat stick of of heart. My first girlfriend
that caused cavemen to
gum’s wrapper. But why are we mak- dumped me, and I was
club each other as cave-
women looked on. After several edits, ing it harder? the last to find out about
All submissions to the Palo Verde Valley Times and
Laura looked at me. I settled on this gem: We pretend there are it.
the Quartzsite Times should include the author’s first
For a moment, our eyes “Laura, here’s some- no differences between Copyright 2018 Tom Purcell. Tom and last name, address and daytime phone number for
locked — I felt a spark in thing sweet for some- men and women, when Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a verification purposes. Priority will be given to letters of
the middle of my heart. body sweet.” the truth is, males and 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the
I set the gum on her females are incredibly 350 words or less, with longer ones subject to editing
Laura Lindsey liked Whiskey,” a Sean McClanahan mystery for length. Letters to the Editor should discuss commu-
me! I wanted to buy her desk and rode home. poor at understanding novel, both available at,
I couldn’t sleep that what the other is think- nity issues and should not involve consumer disputes or
something romantic - is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor
night, certain I’d made ing — at least until we personal attacks on individuals. We reserve the right to
which was a problem. columnist and is nationally syndicated
First, everything I a mistake — certain I’d get to know each other exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc.
reject or edit any submissions. Credits or bylines may or
knew about romance, I’d be rejected the following well. For info on using this column in your may not accompany published submissions. By submit-
learned from the fathers morning. We pretend that publication or website, contact Sales@ ting a letter or column, the author assigns to us all
in my neighborhood, What happened next “hooking up” is fine or call (805) 969-2829. rights, titles and interest in the submissions, including
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his wife snow tires for You see, my first act why there is so much

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