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Richard Bechtel



On September 20, 2018, Richard Laurence Bechtel of Edmonton, passed away at the age of 87 years.

He is remembered by Thelma, his loving wife of 61 years; sons, Brian (Joan), David (Angela), and Robert (Shirley); granddaughter, Kaitlin Graham; grandsons, Benjamin, Daniel, and Andrew Bechtel; loving sister, Bernice Thompson of Regina; as well as many nephews and nieces.

Richard is predeceased by his brothers, Bernard and James Bechtel; and sister, Theresa Wettlaufer.

Dad was a man of broad interests and talents, but it was as an artist that Richard Bechtel was a gifted man. In his youth, he was a sign painter; lettering on office doors, signs, airplanes, water towers, and even on the sides of buildings. He then turned to neon and his distinctive design work was once in evidence all over the city. Long-time residents of Edmonton may remember the Hugh McColl’s South Park sign on Whyte Avenue which was recently designated as a Municipal Historic Resource and we see his style in the Crystal Glass logo.

It was in the medium of wood that Dad became a master. His work covered many subjects and Edmontonians will see his work in some of the horses and the rounding boards of the Fort Edmonton Park carousel. With much help from his good friends at the Southeast Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA), Dad carved the carousel’s R.C.M.P. horse which lead the group to the carving of the R.C.M.P. Memorial Horse in the lobby at "K" Division Headquarters. He called himself a "woodcarver", but he was actually a great sculptor.

In Loving Memory of
Richard Bechtel
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Funeral Service:
Memorial Service
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 AM
St. Albert Chapel
9 Muir Drive
St. Albert, AB
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