|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1857|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1933|
Martinsburg Herald, March 30, 1933: RETIRED UNDERTAKER DIES AT SHELLYTOWN
Aaron K. Bechtel, well known retired undertaker and prominent resident of Shellytown died at his home Saturday morning at 1:45 o'clock from complications. The business which had been conducted in partnership with his son, Homer A. Bechtel of Williamsburg, was taken over by the son about a year ago.
Mr. Bechtel was always prominent in the civic life of the community where he resided. Educated in Woodbury township and Williamsburg, he later taught school for ten years in Huston township. He was born at New Enterprise, Dec. 19, 1857, and when but a child moved to Shellytown with his parents, David S. and Salome Kagarise Bechtel. He was united in marriage at Martinsburg Feb. 7, 1889, with Miss Elizabeth Acker, the Rev. Ephraim Dutt of the Lutheran church officiating. They took up housekeeping at their present home, and for some years Mr. Bechtel operated a blacksmith shop and a threshing machine, going into the undertaking business in 1899. Some years later his some was taken into partnership and they worked together until the elder Mr. Bechtel retired.
Mr. Bechtel is survived by his wife and these children: Homer A. Bechtel of Williamsburg; Mrs. Alice Fry, Mrs. Elizabeth Troxell and Harvey Bechtel, all of Williamsburg, R.D., also one brother and four sisters, I. K. Bechtel of Pittsburgh; Mrs. Alice Grubb of Johnstown, Ohio, Mrs. Susan Murry of Ashland, R.D., Ohio, Mrs. Hannah Snider of New Enterprise, and Elizabeth, wife of John B. Sorrick of Curryville. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was a member of the Fariview Church of the Brethren on Clover Creek, where funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was made in the Clover Creek Lutheran cemetery.
The funeral was said to be the largest ever held in that church, or in this vicinity. Crowds were unable to get into the church, some of these having come from as far as Pittsburgh. One-half the entire church was filled with relatives. The high esteem in which this well known citizen was held over the whole community was much in evidence.
Services were in charge of Rev. Isaac B. Kensinger of Fredericksburg, assisted by Rev. D. L. Shaffer of Martinsburg and Rev. Earnest Brumbaugh of Fairview. The assistant from the Homer Bechtel Funeral Director's establishment at Williamsburg had charge of the funeral, and was assisted by Rearick & Miller of Martinsburg.
David S. Bechtel (1833 - 1908)
Salome Rush Kagarise Bechtel (1837 - 1875)
Elizabeth Ann Acker Bechtel (1860 - 1941)*
Homer Acker Bechtel (1890 - 1974)*
Lizzie A Troxell (1893 - 1973)*
Aaron K Bechtel (1857 - 1933)
Catherine Bechtel Stayer (1864 - 1927)*
Hannah Kagarise Bechtel Koontz (1867 - 1949)*
Nannie Bechtel Fouse (1872 - 1906)*
Created by: bob toelle
Record added: May 24, 2009
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