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April 27, 1936 – Monday, May 18, 2009

Service Information
Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Roc
Friday, May 22, 2009

Visitation Information

Harlan Carl Bechtold, age 73, of Buffalo, formerly of Greenfield, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 18th.

He was born on April 27, 1936 in Hassan Township, Hennepin County the son of Harold & Mary Bursch Bechtold. Harlan was baptized on May 17, 1936 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenwood by The Reverend W.P Haar Jr. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at Salem on April 2, 1950.

On October 11, 1958, Harlan C. Bechtold & Darlene H. Marschel were joined in holy marriage at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. The Reverend W.E. Neumann performed the ceremony. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Harlan engaged in dairy farming in Greenfield for forty years. He later worked part time at Super Valu for ten years. He also drove school bus for Rockford Schools and West Lutheran High School. He was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford where he formerly served as an Elder, a Counter and as a Greeter. Harlan enjoyed working at The Wise Penny Thrift Store.

Harlan is survived by loving wife of fifty years, Darlene H. Bechtold; loving children, Lisa (Joseph) Siers, Brenda (Douglas) Berkenes, Wendy Holmstrom, Scott (Laurie) Bechtold & Mark (Teresa) Bechtold; fond grandfather of ten grandchildren: Jeremy, Matthew, Janine, Christopher, Chad, Heather, Andrew, Emma, Alex and Gabrielle and four great-grandchildren; sisters, Marlys (George) Twardy & Elaine Salonek; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many other relatives & friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold & Mary Bechtold and father-in-law & mother-in-law, August & Helen Marschel.

Funeral services for Harlan Bechtold were held at 11 AM Friday, May 22nd at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. The Reverend Michael T. Barlow officiated and interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery. Janet Beise was the organist for the funeral service.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Emma Holmstrom, Alex Bechtold and Gabrielle Bechtold. Casket Bearers were Jeremy Siers, Matthew Siers, Chad Berkenes, Janine Page, Heather Berkenes, Christopher Siers and Andrew Holmstrom.

A visitation will be held at the Church on Thursday, May 21st from 4 till 8 PM. A Prayer Service was held at 7:30 PM.

Memorials are preferred to WELS Missions or to West Lutheran High School.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Carole Waschek

    Darlene and Family,
    You have our sincere sympathy for your loss.
    Terry Waschek Family

  2. Roger and Linda Bechtold

    Our sympathy and prayers. Why is it that you never know quite what to say yet you want to say so much. Harlan – such a special person. I will always remember our conversation on the phone when we were both recovering from knee surgery. All I had intended to do was chat with Darlene. She was out so I spent almost a half hour with Harlan instead. We will miss him at church. He is with our dads and son now – missed on earth but the better place where we will meet again.

  3. Pam Schendel

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I liked when Harlan would come to the shop to visit. I will miss that. Pam Schendel

  4. Phil, Vicki, and Aaron Ernst

    Darlene and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult and unexpected time. May God comfort you with His promise of a blessed reunion in heaven.


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