Bechtel - Pre Amos Bechtel was born in Waterloo Co, Ont, Sept 28th, 1836, died April 7th, 1897, aged 60 years, 6 months and 10 days.
He united in matrimony with Mary Ann Funk of Waterloo Co, On., at the age of twenty-three years, emigrated to Indiana in 1863 and settled in Harrison Twp, Elkhart Co, To them were born four sons and six daughters; one son and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world.
A wife, three sons, five daughters, and twenty grandchildren mourn the loss of a loving husband and father.
He united with the church of his choice (River Brethren) at the age of twenty-nine years, served as deacon and minister, and lived an exemplary Christian life. He had been a great sufferer more or less for a year with creeping paralysis, yet with all this he was filled with the Spirit of God to the end.
His conversations to neighbors and friends, and especially to his children, were about the salvation of their souls. May the dear children hear, obey and walk in his precepts and example; may the loved wife and all the relatives be drawn closer to Him that "doeth all things well."
The Lord gave, the Lord has taken; blessed be the name of the Lord. Funeral services at Yellow Creek MH, on the 9th, by Michael Shirk from Rev 14:13, and Jas H McGowan from 2 Tim 4:6-8.
My brother preachers, fare you well, your fellowship I love; In time no more I shall you see, but soon we'll meet above. My dearest children near my heart, and nature seems to bind. It grieves me sorely to depart, and leave you all behind. O Lord, a father to them be, and keep them from all harms, That they may love and worship Thee, and dwell upon Thy charms. My loving wife, my bosom friend, the object of my love, The time was sweet I spent with you, my dear and harmless dove. My loving wife, don't grieve for me, neither lament or mourn; For I shall with my Jesus be, when you are left alone. For I can never come to thee, for this not grieve your heart; For you will shortly come to me, where we shall never part.
Herald of Truth Vol XXXIV, No 9 1 May 1897 *************
Rev Amos Bechtel, in addition to looking after the spiritual welfare of his fellows, is devoting much of his attention to tilling the soil in Harrison township, of which section he has been a resident for thirty years. He was born in Waterloo county, Canada, September 28, 1836, a son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Warner) Bechtel, the former of whom owes his nativity to Lancaster county, Penn, being a son of Jacob Bechtel, who was a native of that State also, but who became one of the early settlers of Canada. He reared eleven children: John, Henry, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, Nancy, Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah, Catherine and Magdalana.
Abraham was two years of age when taken to Canada, grew up, married and lived there, but in 1863 came to Elkhart county, Ind, and died in 1884, at which time he was eighty-seven years of age. He was a member of the German Baptist Church. His wife died in Canada in 1863. Of the large family of sixteen children born to this worthy couple, twelve are still living: Mary, Nancy, Abraham, William, John, Jacob, Magdaline, Noah, Amos, Lydia, Isaac and David. They all grew up in Canada, but a number moved to the States.
Rev Amos Bechtel received his education in the district schools of Canada, and in his youth became inured to pioneer life, but his early struggles taught him self-reliance, energy and thrift.
On September 27, 1859, he was married to Miss Mary A Funk, who was born in that section August 24, 1836, a daughter of Henry and Sarah (Sedcrist) Funk, the former of whom was of Buck's county, Penn. He was a son of John Funk, who removed from that State to Canada in an early day, but died in Michigan some years since. He was married twice, and his first wife was the mother of Mrs Bechtel, whom she left an orphan at the age of nine years. She was one of five children: Mary A, John, Samuel, Hannah, and Sarah who died young. The second marriage resulted in the birth of five children also: Libbie, Henry, Margaret, Dennis and Stella.
Mrs Bechtel was reared in the woods of Canada, but about thirty years ago came to this country with her husband, and with this section they have been identified ever since. They are earnest members of the Brethren in Christ Church, in which he has been a minister for the past fourteen years. He is a zealous worker for the cause of Christianity and has been since he was thirty years of age.
He worked by the day in Harrison Center upon first coming to this township, but in a few years succeeded in purchasing eighty acres of land, but since 1885 has owned his farm of ninety-three acres where he is now living. He is a successful farmer and stockraiser, and is one of the most prominent of the county's many worthy citizens.
They have reared eight children and lost two: Leah was born in Canada, March 9, 1860, and is the wife of John Stump, living in Union township, by whom she has six children: Clara, Charles, Harvey, Vernie, Oscar and Milton; Rachel was born in Canada, November 27, 1861, is the wife of Jacob Fulmer, of Concord township, and has four children: Maude, Walter, Saloma and Truman; Harriet was born in Canada, May 13, 1863, and died in Elkhart county, October 2, 1870; Lavina was born in this township, April 16, 1866, is the wife of John Kehr, of Harrison township, and has three children: Roscoe, Ray and Dora; Daniel was born April 15, 1869, and died August 29, 1875; Mary A, was born March 10, 1872, and is the wife of Samuel Troup, of Jackson township, and has one child: Ralph; Amos F was born December 22, 1873; Dora was born March 12, 1876; Rufus was born April 20, 1878, and Alpha was born September 22, 1880.
Mr and Mrs Bechtel occupy a leading position among the citizens of their township, and are among the foremost in all good works. They are kind and charitable, generous in the use of their means in worthy causes, have been faithful and considerate in their family, and their children rise up and call them blessed.
About fifteen years ago Mr. Bechtel met with quite a serious accident while felling timber in the woods, by the tree falling on his right leg, and since then he has been slightly crippled. He and his wife have cheerfully borne the burden and heat of the day, and are still ready to put their heart in the work that is found for them to do. They are a worthy couple in every respect, and possess numerous friends.
Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Elkhart and St Joseph Counties, Indiana Together with Biographies of Many Prominent Men of Northern Indiana and the Whole State, Both Living and Dead Goodspeed Brothers Publishers 1893