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Leonard Albert Bechtel[1, 2]
Male 1916 - 2009


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  • Birth  19 Aug 1916  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Business  L. A. Bechtel Construction Ltd. 
    Military  WW2 
    Residence  1969  Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-150440P 
    Died  19 Mar 2009  New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Mannheim Mennonite Cemetery, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I150440  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  Owen S. Bechtel,   b. 13 Apr 1889, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1969, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Melissa Knechtel,   b. 14 Jun 1889, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1936, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 Nov 1912 
    Family ID  F5698  Group Sheet

    Family  Nora Brubacher,   b. 12 Dec 1920, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 2009, New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Jun 1941  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Esther Jean Bechtel,   b. 12 Jan 1948, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 2006, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. David Bechtel
     3. Martha Bechtel
     4. Norma Bechtel
     5. Dorothy Bechtel
     6. Shirley Bechtel
     7. Esther Bechtel,   b. 1948,   d. 12 Sep 2006, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F45716  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Passed away suddenly on Thursday March 19, 2009 at his residence Nithview Community, New Hamburg. Leonard was born 92 years ago in Waterloo Township, a son of the late Owen S. & Melissa (Knechtel) Bechtel. He had resided in New Hamburg and was formerly of Preston and Doon. A house builder at heart, Leonard owned and operated L.A. Bechtel Construction Ltd. for over 35 years, and was the founder of Preston Building Supplies. In his retirement, Leonard enjoyed farming, working in his shop and being a founding member of Wilmot Seniors Woodworking and Craft Shop. He was an active member of Preston Mennonite Church and Nith Valley Mennonite Church.

      Beloved husband of the late Nora (Brubacher) Bechtel who predeceased him only three weeks ago on February 25, 2009. Loving father of David & Muriel Bechtel of Kitchener, Martha & John Wood of London, Norma & John Lichti of New Hamburg, Dorothy & Richard MacBride of Waterloo, Shirley & Darcy Snyder of New Hamburg. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren Greg Bechtel, Krista & Dave Alexander (Dylan & Sadie), John Wood (Meg), Lindsay & Brent Nevin (Ty), Chris & Kim Lichti (Abby & Garrett), Sarah Lichti, Jen & Josh Hiuser (Michaela, Kate & Maggie), Alisa & Ben MacBride-Smith, Jess & Neil Thier (Maya), Trevor Snyder & Julia Needham. Also remembered by brothers Clinton Bechtel, Eldon & Bertie Bechtel, Lloyd & Beatrice Bechtel, sisters Mary & Ken Willsie, Avon Brophy, Gladys & John Hunsberger, and by sisters-in-law Verna Staniek and Elaine Snider.

      Leonard was predeceased by daughter Esther Bechtel (2006), grandson Richard Wood, great-grandson Connor Lichti, brother Delford & Pearl Bechtel, sisters Ruby Bechtel, Elsie & Edwin Eby, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Hilda Bechtel, Joe Brophy, Clarabel Brubacher (in infancy), Ella & Maurice Woolner, Ivan & Marie Brubacher, Fred Staniek, Clifford Snider and by Owen's second wife Margaret Bechtel.

      Friends and relatives may call at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron St., New Hamburg on Wednesday (please note date) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. On Thursday March 26, 2009 transfer will be made to Nith Valley Mennonite Church for the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastors Matthew & Hendrike Isert-Bender officiating. Reception to follow. Burial for both Leonard and Nora will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Mannheim Mennonite Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to Nithview Community Mobility Bus Fund, Nith Valley Mennonite Church, or MennoHomes Inc.. On-line condolences and donation information are available at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca

  • Sources 
    1. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Elsie Bechtel - Eby - 1984.

    2. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Esther Bechtel - 2006.

    3. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Owen Bechtel - 1 May 1969.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 19 Aug 1916 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Jun 1941 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1969 - Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Mar 2009 - New Hamburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mannheim Mennonite Cemetery, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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