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Harold J. Bechtel

April 18, 1935 February 19, 2018
Harold J. Bechtel
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Obituary for Harold J. Bechtel

Harold Joseph Bechtel, 82, of Springfield, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018, in his home. He was born on April 18, 1935, in Springfield the son of the late Paul J. and Helen Marie (Carlos) Bechtel.

Harold was a Heavy Equipment Operator in the U.S. Army for two years, being honorably discharged. Harold retired from the Springfield News-Sun in 1995 after having spent 28 years in the plate room, from which he retired as Superintendent. He was an honorary Life Member of the Graphic Communications International Union, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 397, the Union Club, Machinist Club, and the Buckeye Sports Lodge.

He is survived by two daughters: Peggy J. Flory of Vandalia, Paula M. (D.J.) Shirey of Rushsylvania, sisters: Helen Peters, Joanne Fox, Betty (Steve) Fain; brother, Robert Bechtel, grandchildren: Daniel J. (Kimmie) Shirey, Amy M. Hall, David L. (Billie) Shirey and Candice N. (Jeremy) Lafon; six great grandchildren and several other step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 ½ years, Peggy E. Bechtel who passed away in 2001; his daughter, Pam Foster, sisters, Rita Hursh, brother, Paul and Bill Bechtel, twin, step sons, Ronald and Rodney Cleelan.

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