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CLARENCE BECHTEL Clarence F. Bechtel, 92, husband of the late Fern M. (Buck) Bechtel, of Pennsburg, died April 11, 2012 at his home. Born in Souderton, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Edna (Frederick) Bechtel Allem and stepson of the late Russell Allem. He retired as the Harleysville Branch Claims Manager at Harleysville Insurance Companies in 1982 after working there for 31 years. He was a longtime member of New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ. He was a 50 year member of the Perkiomen Lodge No.595 F&AM and was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown. He was a life member of the Bally and Pennsburg Fire Companies and the Owls Nest No.1302, East Greenville and a member of the East Greenville, Red Hill and Green Lane Fire Companies and the American Legion Post No.184, East Greenville where he bowled for over 50 years. He was an avid golfer. Surviving are a niece, Karen E., wife of Joseph S. Vitale, of Bethlehem and a nephew, Clark D. Kulp and wife, Violet, of Sevierville, TN. Along with his wife and parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Lilah Kulp. A funeral service will be held 10:30AM Saturday, April 21, at The Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington Street, East Greenville, with Rev. James R. Roth officiating. Interment follows in New Goshenhoppen Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30AM with a Masonic Service at 10:15AM at the funeral home. Offer condolences to the family at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the New Goshenhoppen UCC Memorial Fund, 1070 Church Road, East Greenville PA 18041.

Published in The Reporter on Apr. 17, 2012
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