Donald H. Bechtel
Donald H. Bechtel, age 90, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Saturday morning, March 18, 2017, at his residence.
He was born on October 12, 1926, in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Henry and Edith (Black) Bechtel. Don was a lifetime area resident where he was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Academy and attended Kansas State University.
Don was in the restaurant business for many years where he managed Scheu’s Café in Manhattan for 18 years prior to going into business for himself as the owner and operator of the Downtown Café. He then went to work for the Kansas Department of Health where he was the Chief Sanitarian Supervisor for food service and lodging throughout the state. He retired after more than 20 years.
Don was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church. He was quite active with the Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th Degree Knight, former President and former District Deputy. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening, working in the yard, and trips to Destin.
On August 26, 1948, in Manhattan, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Arlene Dowling. She survives of their home. Also surviving seven children: Donna Seidler (Rich), Manhattan, KS; Joleen Jordan (Wayne), Delaware, OH; Theresa Kientz (Kevin), Raymore, MO; Linda Hardwick, Eudora, KS; Jon Bechtel (Cheryn), Manhattan, KS; Tom Bechtel (Terri), Ponca City, OK; and Amy Bechtel of Manhattan. One sister: Joan Weiser of Topeka, KS; twelve grandchildren: Brian Seidler, Brad Seidler, Melissa Kientz, Jarod Kientz, Kristen Kientz, Kyle Hardwick, Jesse Hardwick, Reece Kohn, Gavin Kohn, Allan Bechtel, Erin White, Jeremy Johns and nine great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Wake Service will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home with a visitation following until 8:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery on Elbow Creek east of Manhattan.
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A memorial has been established for the Seven Dolors Catholic Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.