DU QUOIN - George E. Bechtlofft, 88, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Fair Acres Rehab and Care Center in Du Quoin.
George worked for 38 years at the Du Quoin Packing Company. He had also worked as office manager at the SIU Computer Department for 10 years.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin.
He was a life member of the Du Quoin VFW
and American Legion. He served as Treasurer for 20 years for the VFW. George was a member of the Crab Orchard Kennel Club and had also served as past president. He enjoyed showing Toy Poodles. He had been treasurer of Blue Bell Credit Union. George also enjoyed dancing with his wife, Evelyn.
George served as a Technical Sergeant in the 1074th Army Air Force Unit. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe during World War II
He was born Oct. 27, 1924, in Du Quoin, the son of Peter and Ada (Caselton) Bechtlofft Jr.
He married Evelyn J. Dippel on June 19, 1954, in Du Quoin, and she survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Dorothy Lou.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin, with the Reverend Joseph Oganda officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Du Quoin. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Du Quoin VFW and American Legion and the National Guard.
Friends may make memorials to Masses or the Perry County Humane Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.
For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com