Richard F. Hechtl
French & Rising - Goffstown
17 South Mast Street
Goffstown, NH
NEW BOSTON - Richard F. Hechtl, 81, of New Boston, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

He was born in Lewiston, Maine, on March 2, 1932, to Alexander and Marjorie Jordan Hechtl.

Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 and married the love of his life, Elaine Stevens Hechtl, on April 4, 1954.

He earned a B.S. in psychology from Bates College and an M.S. in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He worked as a psychologist at the Youth Development Center and in the Concord State Prison for several years before joining the faculty at Saint Anselm College. While there, he founded the Psychology Department, which grew to be one of the largest majors at the college, and served as department chairman for many years. In addition, he served as faculty adviser to the Saint Anselm Jazz Band. He retired after a 30-year teaching career.

Richard was many things, including a grower of vegetables, a caretaker of the land he loved, an avid jazz pianist, a wonderful counselor, an encourager of aspirations and the best husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and mentor anyone could hope for.

All who knew him will never forget him. All who loved him will forever be blessed by his love, leadership, gentle kindness and incredible generosity. He leaves behind many legacies, from the farmhouse he and Elaine restored to the large and sprawling family they created to fill it.

Richard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elaine Hechtl; his brother, Mark Hechtl of Moreno Valley, Calif.; and his three children: his daughter Patty (Dennis) Kilar of New Boston, and their children, Alex (Julie), Heather and Liz Kilar; his daughter Tina (John) Langley of Hollis, and their children Alli, Anna, Kate and Sam Langley; and his son Eric (Kim) Hechtl of Niles, Mich., and their children Jolean (Seth) Smith and Steven, Jeremy and Nathan Hechtl, as well as two great-grandsons, Caleb and Luke Smith; and his dog, Ginger.


services: Richard's family is planning an open house at the family farm, Colonial Acres, on Saturday, June 22, starting at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Boston Fire and Rescue.

French and Rising Funeral Home, 17 South Mast St., Goffstown, is assisting with arrangements. For more information or to sign an online guestbook, go to

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Published by Union Leader on Jun. 2, 2013.
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To the Hechtl Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences in this time of loss. Although I only met him a few times, I knew he was a good man. It is evident in his children as well.
God Bless you,

Paul and Kristi Citak
Paul Citak
June 9, 2013
Elaine and family, I'm so sorry about Richards passing. He keep me out of jail or worse in my teenage years. I will always be thankful for the time he gave me. Love, Dave Symonds
June 4, 2013
Aunt Elaine and family, I thought I heard music from heaven the other day, I bet it was my mother and Uncle Richard playing tea for two. They sure could bet out a tune on the key boards. I send sympathy your way from our family to yours. Love Glenys Black King
Glenys King
June 4, 2013
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your Father. He sounds as if he was a wonderful man.
Russ Addis
June 4, 2013
Your works will live on in many.Thank you for everything.
christopher st laurent
June 3, 2013
I am sorry for your loss. Eric and all the family is in my prayers.
Matthew K
June 3, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Hechtl's passing. I will forever remember everything he ever taught me. He has been and will continue to be in my heart. He was a wonderful "Dad" to me. I love you all and miss you.
Darlene Clark
June 2, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Hechtl's passing. I have/will always keep a great love in my heart for him! He was an awesome man and I know he is missed greatly. You are all in my prayers. I love you all!
Darlene Clark
June 2, 2013
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