The Washington Times-Herald

November 16, 2012

Donald E. Bechtel

Washington Times Herald


Donald E. Bechtel, 78, of Washington, died Friday.

Born in Elnora, he was the son of the late Walter and Hazel Bechtel.

He attended Elnora High School and married Betty S. Lewis on Oct. 9, 1953.

Donald was a loving husband, father and grandfather. After retirement, he could mostly be found in his garden or on his front porch. He loved anything that involved being outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Bechtel of Washington; a son, D.J. (Mary) of Washington; four grandchildren, Sheila Hamner, Eric Eichmiller, Miriam Briggeman and Aaron Clark; eight great grandchildren; and two brothers, John and Robert Bechtel, both of Odon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Cornelius; three brothers, Bill, Charles and Eugene Bechtel; and a sister, Marge Roberts.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Gill Chapel, Rev. Mark Bechtel officiating. Burial will be in New Veale Creek Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.