Ralph Bechtel, 92, Plainville

Ralph Bechtel, 92, of Plainville, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018, in Washington.

He was born August 3, 1926, in Bicknell to the late Edward and Fern (Bowers) Bechtel.

Ralph was a WWII Army Veteran and worked at NAD Crane/ CAAA, retiring in May 1985.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He  enjoyed spending time with his Family, working in the yard, playing Golf, as well as, the St. Louis Cardinals, and IU Basketball .

He served in WWII as a Staff Sgt. in the 84th Infantry Division throughout Europe and Germany. He received the Victory Medal. Two oversees Service Bars, the Germany Good Conduct medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with One Bronze Star.

He is survived by one daughter, Darla Trueblood of Plainville; two sons, Rick Bechtel (Cindy) of Edinburgh and Craig Bechtel (Leanna) of Jasper; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara Miller, Odon, Shirley Hardy and Beverly Taylor, both of Bloomington, Dot Doyle (Tom), Washington, Violet Arthur (Gene) Bloomfield, Alice Witsman (Gary) Elnora and Wilma Harp (Hal) of Worthington. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Felba; and two sisters, Virginia Hardy and Mary Grove; and one brother, Rex Bechtel. 

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday for visitation at Gill Funeral Home in Washington. 

Funeral services will be Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Denny Spinner officiating. Burial will follow in Plainville Cemetery.

The family would prefer donations to Cops and Kids in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be made at www.gillsince1872.com.




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