Donald Bechtold, 86

Donald Lee Bechtold, 86, North Manchester, died at 9:53 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.

He was born in Huntington County on Sept. 12, 1932, to William & Edith Leona (Frushour) Bechtold. On Sept. 19, 1953, he married Carol Joan Gump. She preceded him in death on June 8, 1992. On Feb. 5, 1994, he married Helen Howard-Ross, who survives.

Mr. Bechtold was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, a 1951 Chester High School graduate, and served his country in the United States Army from 1953-1955. Don loved and cared for his horses on his "ranch," the Golden B Farm. Being gifted with his hands, he made the harnesses for his mini-horse hitches, which he crafted with his woodworking skills. He was a man who would wear out a pair of work gloves by working in his yard and around his farm.  Simply said, he was always doing something.

His love and support shown to his grandchildren will forever be their cherished memory. He also enjoyed spending time with family in Kentucky.

In addition to his wife Helen, Mr. Bechtold is survived by his children, Kevin J. (Karen) Bechtold, North Manchester; Todd L. (Amy) Bechtold, South Whitley; Donna (Daniel) Zellers, Rochester; Janet (Steve) Woodward, Rochester; Laura (Mike) West, North Manchester; brothers and sisters Melvin Bechtold, Columbia City; Tom (Marcella) Bechtold, North Manchester; Terry (Becky) Bechtold, Urbana; Larry Bechtold, North Manchester; Betty McCune, Markle, and Shelba (Dean) Neher, North Manchester; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Billy Joe, Max, Richard and Jerry Bechtold, and one sister, Opal McColley. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the mortuary. Pastor Paul Sluss will officiate the services, and burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Servia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Manchester Historical Society, P.O. Box 361, North Manchester, IN 46962.
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Posted on 2019 Jan 02