In Memory of

Michael E. Bechtel

January 6, 1950 - January 2, 2022
From: Cherokee, IA


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Michael Earl Bechtel, the son of Gerald and Betty (Brenneman) Bechtel, was born January 6, 1950, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent in Cherokee, where he attended school and graduated from Washington High School in 1968. He then attended Iowa State University and graduated with a BS in Animal Science. After graduation, Mike moved to Colorado and worked for Hutchinson Western and sold farm and ranch equipment. He later transferred with the company to Salt Lake City, Utah for a year. He moved back to Cherokee to manage C-Lect Pigs Inc.

 On July 10, 1976, Mike was united in marriage to Joyce Messerole at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. They resided on the family farm near Cherokee, where he raised pork from farrow to finish. Mike was a member of the Cherokee County Pork Producers, and In 1989, was named Master Pork Producer. The family moved to Cherokee in 1999, and Mike continued to work in agriculture until his retirement in 2012.

 Mike was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed woodworking, feeding birds and squirrels, watching sports, and rooting on the Iowa State Cyclones. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

 On January 2, 2022, Mike passed away peacefully at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family at the age of 71. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Betty Bechtel; brother-in-law, Chuck Spence; mother and father-in-law, Gordon and Gertrude Messerole; and in-laws, Bob and Sheryl Messerole, Red and Mary Messerole, Jesse Messerole, Tiny and Gayle Messerole, and Tom Selk.

 He will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Joyce; three daughters, Amy (Allen) Diercks of Marion, IA, Sara (Jason) Kohn of Cherokee, IA, Jennifer Bechtel of Whiting, IA; 16 grandchildren, Alena, Brady, Matt, Michael, Ron, Mary Louise, Luke, and Evelyn Diercks, Jacob, Adam, Kelsee, Tyler, Ryan, and Katie Kohn, and Jaden and James Bechtel; four sisters, Linda (Denny) Timmins of Cherokee, IA, Diana (Jerry) Thorne of Wisconsin, Denise Green of Cherokee, IA,  and Kris (Wayne) Meylor of LeMars, IA; one brother, Dan (Sue) Bechtel; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Messerole and Gert Selk; along with  several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Tribute Video
SERVICES
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, IA. The Mass will be livestreamed at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home website.

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OFFICIATING
Father Dan Guenther
Monsignor Kenneth Seifried
Father Gene Sitzmann
CASKET BEARERS
Jacob Kohn
Adam Kohn
Tyler Kohn
Brady Diercks
Matt Diercks
Derek Bechtel
Drake Bechtel

Honorary Bearers
Michael Diercks
Ron Diercks
Jaden Bechtel
Ryan Kohn
Luke Direcks
James Bechtel

Gift Bearers
Alena Diercks     
Kelsee Kohn
Mary Louise Diercks
Katie Kohn
Evelyn Diercks







VISITATION
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, with family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 4:00 p.m rosary and a 7:00 p.m. prayer service Wednesday at the funeral home. The family requests that masks be worn but are not required.
INTERMENT
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery
Rural Cherokee, Iowa

Condolences

Monday, January 10, 2022 at 4:19 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!”
- Jamie and Karmen Hodgdon
Friday, January 7, 2022 at 3:57 PM
“Bechtel family, so sorry to hear about Mike, may your memories give you comfort and God give you His peace.”
- Tom and Corrine Lundell
Friday, January 7, 2022 at 3:57 PM
“So sorry for your loss! Have many great stories from the packinghouse! RIP Mike!”
- Dennis Gries
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“So many years growing up together, memories that last. Our condolences, JIm and Marlys Johnson”
- James Johnson
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“So sorry for your loss Mike was a good foreman in Cherokee Plant”
- Trapper and Julie
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“I knew Mike my whole life he was a wonderful friend. I will miss him greatly. my prayers our with you all God bless!”
- Kevin Dean Martin
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“Joyce and Families, So very sorry for your loss.”
- Pam and Mike Dunn
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“Joyce and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers.”
- Mary Beth Kohn
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“Joyce , very sorry to hear about Mike. Our sympathies to you and your family. ”
- Jim Anderson
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“Linda, Denise and Family I am so sorry. Thinking about all of you.”
- Barbara June Evans
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Prayers to the family. ”
- Mary Morris
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“Joyce and family, We are so sorry to see this sad news. Mike was a great role model for those grandchildren and has left very special memories of his love for them. Sending our sympathy from Arizona.
Neal and Marie Bork❤️”
- Neal and Marie Bork
Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 9:44 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Mike was a special person. I'll miss him.”
- Michelle Lynn Selk
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Jessica Miller
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“Bechtal family, my deepest sympathies with Mike’s passing. He was a great man.”
- Renee Howard
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“We are So Sorry the Hear this Mike was a Great Foreman and a Real Nice Guy Prayer to you guys ...
- Satch & Sherry
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“Our deepest condolences to the Bechtel family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. ”
- Lowell & Paula Smith
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“So sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed chatting with Mike when i would see him. I know he had a big heart and loved all of his grandkids! Thinking of you all! ”
- Cassady Rider
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“Hi Joyce, so sorry to learn of your loss. ”
- Jim Mackowski
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“Joyce and family of Mike, so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. ”
- Kelly Heinen
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“Joyce and family I was so sorry to see the announcement of Mike's death. May God hold you in His hands as you grieve your loved one.”
- Pam Sturgeon
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“So many great memories of our trips to Omaha and beyond! We all will treasure those wonderful memories and will keep Mikey in our hearts forever.”
- Denny Holton
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“A good friend and a truly nice guy. Condolences to Joyce and all the Bechtel family.”
- Jeff Johnson
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“So sorry for your families loss. May God bring you peace knowing that he is in great hands.”
- Michael McDonald
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“Sending my love and prayers to all. What better role models could the world ask for. Love always, Dawn Henke”
- Dawn Henke
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“Joyce and Family, many thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Such a great family man and will always remember the good times together. I will always appreciate your friendship now and forever. Rest peacefully Mike!! ”
- Damon Miller
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:55 AM
“So sorry to hear this. My sympathies to all of you. I know he will be sorely missed. ”
- Minda Heidenreich
Monday, January 3, 2022 at 4:14 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to the families of Mike , May he rest in Peace. ”
- Duane Mummert
Monday, January 3, 2022 at 4:14 PM
“Joyce and family, so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed visiting with him on delivery day. May you find peace in the many memories you have with him.”
- Michael Wittrock
Monday, January 3, 2022 at 4:14 PM
“Joyce and family, so sorry for your loss, may God bless you with happy memories to give you peace and comfort. ”
- Corrine and Tom Lundell
Monday, January 3, 2022 at 4:14 PM
“Mike fought a good fight. He was gentle man a pleasure to work with.”
- Mary Jo Cline
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