Andrew (Andy) James Bechtold Jr., age 71 of Clarksville, passed away on April 20, 2014 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at First Baptist Church (Grace Sanctuary) with Rev. David Fambrough, Dr. Ted Denny, Dr. Modesto Martinez, and Sgt. Vincent Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.
Andy entered this life on January 26, 1943 in Allengheny, PA and was the son of Andrew J. Bechtold Sr. and Laverne Buckholtz Bechtold. Andy served in the US Army
and was a Vietnam Veteran. In addition to being a veteran, Andy was also a police officer
for Clarksville Police Department. Officer Andy Bechtold began his law enforcement career in 1971 at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, where he advanced to lieutenant. In 1976, he began employment at CPD, and for 11 years worked the traffic division and road division. Since 1990, He's served as a member of the Fatal Accident Crash Team and also served in several other capacities such as crossing guard, public information and overseeing wrecker and taxi companies. "When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a policeman and ride a motorcycle, and I got to do that," Bechtold Said, "Prior to doing that I was a firefighter
for three years. I enjoyed getting out there and helping people out and trying to keep it a safe community. Being able to do whatever for the public to help them is what makes me happy." Bechtold said working with and meeting so many in the community during his 35 years of service has been a great blessing.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Gayle Farrar Bechtold; daughters, Christina Bechtold and Angela Bechtold both of Clarksville; step daughters, Melinda Dawn Kelly- Major (Jeff) of Clarksville and Jennifer Halliburton (Glenn) of Erin; 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are in the care of McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home, (931) 647-3371. NaveFuneralHomes.com