PEORIA - Kenneth E. Bechtel, 81, of Peoria passed away at 6:11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at UnityPoint Health-Proctor with his loved ones by his side.
Ken was born July 24, 1932, in Peoria to Oscar and Irma (Baird) Bechtel. He married Marjorie M. Ewing on Aug. 6, 1955, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are his four children, Diane (Jim) McMullan of Aurora, Colo., Michael (Jackie) Bechtel of Lombard, Ill., Greggory Bechtel of Washington, Ill., and Beth Bechtel of Metamora, Ill.; one sister, Doris Roberg, of Florida; four grandchildren, Joshua Bechtel of Peoria, Samantha (Ron) Roberts of Groveland, Ill., and Brianna and Brendan McMullan of Aurora, Colo.; as well as five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Marilyn Solterman.
Ken was an Air Force veteran. He worked for IL Bell Telephone Company, which later became AT&T, as a technician for more than 30 years, retiring in 1990.
He was an avid fisherman. He was always cheerful and helpful to everyone he met. A friendly and kind-hearted man, he will be missed by all who knew him.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, 2416 N. North St., Peoria. Deacon Robert Myers will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, also at the mortuary. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.