Ronald H. Bechler, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 8.
He was born Sept. 2, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Harold E. and Laura Ann (Wachner) Bechler.
As a young boy, the family moved to Pigeon, Michigan, where he graduated from high school and was a well-known basketball player.
In July 1963, he married Katherine "Kay" Smith in Elkhart.
She survives along with three children, Rhonda (Johnny) Adams, Millersburg, Cheryl (Mark) Donovan, Elkhart and Tony (Kristen) Bechler, Schoolcraft, Michigan; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three brothers, Larry Bechler, Goshen, James Bechler, Elkhart and Roger Bechler, Miami, Florida.
Mr. Bechler worked for Monoco as a supervisor and after retirement for PerMar, formerly known as Metro.
His hobbies included golfing, motorcycling, being outdoors, cooking out with family and grandchildren and enjoying Michigan football.
He was a member of the American Legion and the DAV and went through all of the chairs of the Moose.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the 1 p.m. Monday funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Rev. LeRoy Bechler, an uncle, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Oakridge Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorials may be given to Autism Awareness.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 11, 2017