Ruth E. Bechtold

Ruth E. Bechtold, 90, a former resident of the Bippus, IN, area, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Peabody Health Care Center, North Manchester.

Mrs. Bechtold was a 1940 graduate of Urbana High School. She had worked at Delco, in Kokomo, for 22 years and was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Urbana.

She was born March 2, 1922, in Wabash County to William and Flora Boyer Gahl. She married Theron M. Bechtold on May 3, 1940. Her husband preceded her in death on May 25, 2002.

Survivors include a son, Terry (Dian) Bechtold, of Frankfort, and a daughter, Linda (James) Renz, of Urbana; two sisters, Mary Michel Burton, of North Manchester, and Leota Sands, of Huntington; six grandchildren, Jeanett (Jay) Alexander and Jason (Sherri) Renz, both of Urbana; Joseph (Jackie) Renz, of Columbia City; Joelle (Stacy) Clark, of North Manchester; Nathan Bechtold, of Lafayette; and Joan (Randy) Hubler, of Rossville; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 W. Seventh St., North Manchester. Rev. Randell Webb and Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate. Calling will follow the service.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the Peabody Caring Circle, 400 W. Seventh St., North Manchester, IN 46962.

McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, is in charge of arrangements.