On Monday, July 28, 2003, at Lebanon VA Medical Center, RICHARD M. "Bear" KOUTCH, 55; husband of Berandette "Berni" (nee Wirdzek) Koutch; son of John R. and Barbara Jean (nee Whitt) Koutch of Stuart, FL; brother of Jane Holz, Jean Burger, both of W. Palm Beach, FL, Barbara Catalfumo of Singer Island, FL, Dawn and brother-in-law Lee Leonard of Shiloh, NC; predeceased by brothers Timothy and Mark Koutch; uncle of Timothy Koutch, Bradley Wolfe, Giovanni Catalfumo and Thomas W. McManis, III. Mr. Koutch was a Life Member of Richard J. Gross Post #8896, East Berlin. He was a self-employed excavator and a U.S. Army Sgt., decorated Vietnam Veteran, having received two Purple Hearts. Memorial service will be held at Richard J. Gross Post 8896, East Berlin, Friday, August 1, 2003 at 6 P.M. with Chaplain Theodore Bowers officiating. Burial will be in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Baltimore, MD, Saturday at 1 P.M. There will be no viewing. Memorial contributions may be made to IC Unit, Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042.