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James Anthony Bechdel
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 16, 2012
Perry County
Pennsylvania, USA

James Anthony Bechdel
August 18, 2012
The Express

James Anthony Bechdel, 20, went to be with his "Pap" in heaven on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, following a traffic accident and after a short life of loving his family and his many friends in the extended communities of Beech Creek and Monument.

A son of Rich and Sandy Bechdel of Monument, Jimmy was born Feb. 28, 1992 at Lock Haven Hospital.

From a very young age, Jimmy had a sparkle and a swagger, a special presence that inspired so many.

He lit up the room with his humor and his smile.

He loved his family and friends.

And he loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing at every chance he could get.

He knew the mountains of Beech Creek-Monument like the back of his hand, growing up in the close-knit community surrounded by family and friends.

Jimmy's love of the outdoors came from his dad, Rich., and his late grandfather, "Pap"? Hanley, who died a few years ago.

He especially loved hunting with his brother, Rickie. He would always take his brother and his cousins, Connor, Bailey and Damian into the outdoors to hunt, fish or just ride. He treasured his family, and he would always pick on his mom, whom he loved so dearly.

Jimmy also loved to ride his motorcycle, and he frequently gathered with close friends and family to go mountain riding and "mudding."

He would do most anything for his family and friends. Jimmy was often called the "funny guy" and the "tough guy" by his friends.

And, to all who knew Jimmy, he was a special young guy, someone who, while showing a tough exterior, was compassionate and caring.

Jimmy worked in the outdoors for Lewis Tree Service Inc., cutting trees around power lines across Pennsylvania. He was handy with a chainsaw and other cutting tools and loved to climb trees.

His favorite movies were "August Rush," "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Fox and the Hound."

He also loved country music and had a large array of songs on his iPod.

Jimmy also loved visiting Beech Creek Furst Corner Restaurant, owned by his great aunt, Donna Bittner.

He was a 2010 graduate of Central Mountain High School, and played football for the Wildcats. He especially enjoyed his recreation and environmental science class at CMHS, learning about the outdoors.

Surviving, besides his parents and brother, are his "gram," Jean Hanley of Monument; Joy Falls (Grandmother) of Marsh Creek, and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins whom all love him very much.

Friends and family are invited to remember Jimmy at a special Memorial-Dinner at 4 p.m. Monday, August 20th, in Beech Creek at the Ladies Auxiliary Building (behind the Fire Hall). The Rev. Allan will provide a small service.

Arrangements are being handled by Kader-Neff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Howard.

Jimmy's "Pap" was his hero, and always felt his "Pap" was looking out for him.

And now, Jimmy is with his "Pap" and together, they are "Invictus."

Jimmy will be missed, but remembered always with great love.

Two local men killed in crash
Pickup collides with rig in heavy fog on Routes 11-15
August 16, 2012
The Express
NEW BUFFALO - Two young men from Clinton County were killed in a horrific crash early Thursday morning on a foggy and heavily-traveled Routes 11-15 in Watts Township, Perry County, about 25 miles above of Harrisburg.

John Franklin Murray, 20, of Loganton, and James Anthony Bechdel, 20, of Beech Creek, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the area of the New Buffalo Restaurant just before 6:30 a.m.

The two young men were both 2010 graduates of Central Mountain High School.

They were employed by Lewis Tree Service Inc.

Reportedly, the men were on their way to a job site when their pickup truck and a tractor trailer truck collided head-on.

Murray was the driver of the 2007 Ford Ranger owned by Lewis Tree Service, according to state police at Newport.

Police reported "the pickup was southbound in the area of New Buffalo Restaurant when the driver veered the truck from the southbound lane of travel and crossed over the middle turn lane and into the northbound lane of travel, striking the northbound tractor trailer truck head-on."

The section of highway where the crash occurred was under heavy fog Thursday morning as it is located adjacent to the Susquehanna River. There are no barriers between the north and southbound lanes there.

Police had not yet determined why the pickup truck went into oncoming traffic.

The investigation is ongoing.

Motorists told WHTM TV 27 that fog along that stretch of road - which is heavily traveled and is just below Liverpool and north of Duncannon - was so heavy it was dangerous.

Police identified the driver of the tractor trailer truck as John Ohagan, 55, of Sarinia, Ontario, Canada. Police said he was not injured.

Candlelight vigil held for crash victims
Beech Creek, Loganton young men killed
August 16, 2012
The Express

Hundreds of people gathered at Riverview Park Thursday night to remember two young men killed in a crash on Routes 11-15 north of Harrisburg that morning. Chinese lanterns were lit and floated into the sky in remembrance, followed by a procession around the park, candles in hand.

John Franklin Murray, 20, of Loganton, and James Anthony Bechdel, 20, of Beech Creek, died at the scene of the crash in front of the New Buffalo Restaurant in Perry County just before 6:30 a.m.

The two young men are both 2010 graduates of Central Mountain High School and were employed by Lewis Tree Service Inc. They were reportedly on their way to a job site when their pick-up crossed the highway centerline and collided head on with a tractor trailer truck.

The driver of the tractor trailer truck, John Ohagan, 55, of Sarinia, Ontario, Canada, was not injured, police said.

Police and motorists at the scene said the road was covered with heavy fog at the time of the crash.

Police are investigating.

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