Paul Bechtel

May 23, 1926 ‒ December 18, 2014

Fredericktown, Ohio

Paul J. Bechtel, age 88, of Fredericktown, died Thursday December 18, 2014 at the Whispering Hills Care Center in Mount Vernon. Paul was born May 23, 1926 in Ankenytown to Elmer and Mabel (Robinson) Bechtel and had spent his lifetime in the Fredericktown area. He graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1944 and served in the United States Army 7th Infantry Division from January of 1945 to December of 1946. Paul retired from the Westinghouse Corporation in Mansfield, had worked in the masonry trades for ten years and he had maintained the Owl Creek Cemetery at Ankenytown for over 30 years. Paul was an avid Ohio sports fan especially the Ohio State Buckeyes and loved to pitch horseshoes competitively.

Surviving are his sons Jeffery (Sally) Bechtel of Ontario, John Bechtel of Fredericktown and Jerry (Nancy) Bechtel of Fredericktown; grandchildren Shelbi (Billie) Bixler, Madison Lotz, Jacob Lotz; his brothers Earl Bechtel of Worthington and Dean (Betty) Bechtel of Fredericktown and his sister Wilma Evans of Chicago. Besides his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Tyson) Bechtel in October of 2014 and a sister Doris Eileen Bechtel.

Friends may call Sunday from 1pm to 4pm at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 am with Ben McKinstry officiating. Burial will follow at Owl Creek Cemetery at Ankenytown. Memorial contribution may be made to the Fredericktown EMS, 139 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019.

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The Snyder Funeral Home is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Paul J. Bechtel.

Paul wanted to give special mention to his wife and sons “for a wonderful life” and thanks to his brothers and sister for their support. “Don’t Worry Be Happy”.

  • To family of Paul’s, so very sorry for his passing. He has already been missed seeing him talk to the postman at home. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. May God be with all of you in this time of deep sorrow. Prayers are with you.

  • Jerry and Family,

    My sincere sympathy for your loss. Losing both parents in such a short time, makes us all feel your pain. God is with you and will give you the strength to weather this storm. My prayers are with you.



  • Jerry and Family,

    Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to share in Paul’s life. He was a joy to get to know. You will be kept in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May god bless each of you!

    Heather C. Ramsey
    Director of Admissions
    Whispering Hills Care Center

  • Jeff, John and Jerry,

    This is such sad news. You have our deepest sympathy. Your dad was one of a kind. We always enjoyed visiting with he and your mother, when we lived next door. Paul will be missed. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

    Walt and Robin

  • Jeff, Sally and family, please accept my condolences on Paul’s passing. I know he will be missed, just remember all the good times. Mel Mishey

  • Always loved chatting with your dad and mom at the Fredericktown Western Saddle Club Horse Shows. They will both be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  • Jerry,

    Jim and I were so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing as well as your Mother’s recent passing. It is so very hard to lose a parent but two so close is twice as hard. Please know that we think of you often and miss seeing you. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we will always consider you and Shelbi family. Please give her our best as well. Take care, and God Bless you.

    Jim and Vickie
    Brad Young
    Jill Hunter

  • Dear Jeff, John and Jerry,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle PG was a gift to us all. He always made be laugh with his jokes and tricks. I loved his sense of humor and always positive attitude! He was a unique treasure that will be missed by us all. We love you and are sorry we cannot be there in person but know that we are sending our hugs to you.

    Nancy Bell

  • Nothing describes my deceased brother Paul than his final words, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” He was engaging, sensitive, at times quite animated, and had a wild sense of humor! Very large heart and I depended on him for an amazing memory of our ancestors, history of our family, childhood memories and his perceptive of life.

    I will miss him dearly.

    His brother, Earl

  • Dear Jeff, Johnny, and Jerry,

    I was so sad to hear the news about Uncle Paul. I have nothing but fond memories of my childhood visits with Uncle “PJ”, Aunt Dot, and you guys. I want to let you know you are all in my thoughts and prayers in this sorrowful time.

    Cousin Rob

  • Jeff&Sally, So sorry about your Dad & your Mom, Both gone within a couple of months is really diffcult. The Hope of seeing Them again in the Resurection is Comforting (john 5: 28&29 )As well as (Rev. 21: 4,5 ) where there will be no more pain or death! Agape’ Love! John Scott. Shelby Cong.of JW.

  • God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served in WWII. Thank YOU for your service in The 7th.Inf.Div. of The United States Army,Paul. You are ONE of “THE” Greatest Generation…………………………………… Semper Fi.