Duane E. Bechtold

Duane E. Bechtold, 89, of North Manchester, IN, and having family members in Lagro, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at 4:25 p.m. at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

Mr. Bechtold was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, Deming Lodge 88 F&AM, and Moose Lodge 1518, all in North Manchester.

He was born in Chester Township, Wabash County, to Ray and Fannie Gill Bechtold. He married Ginevra J. Auker on April 12, 1941. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1999.

Survivors include a son, Bob Bechtold, of North Manchester; a daughter, Kay Eads, of Wabash; four grandchildren, Bret (Michelle) Bechtold and Beth (David) Wampler, both of North Manchester, and Tadd (Peggy) Eads and Terry Eads, both of Lagro; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, with Rev. J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery, Servia.

Preferred memorials are gifts to the Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester, IN 46962, or to Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare & Hospice, 710 N. East St., Wabash, IN 46992.