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Richard William Bechdol


February 11, 1926 - October 21, 2013

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Richard William Bechdol, Went home to be with The Lord on 10/21/13. He was born to Margaret & Wayne Bechdol in Walton, Ind on Feb 11, 1926. He was a Master Sgt. In the US Army, a member of the 101st Airborne Division and served in both WWII and The Korean Conflict. Upon his Retirement from the Army, he had a career in the construction industry in Galveston, Ind. Moving to NM in 1961 he continued working in construction and was active in the early phases of Rio Rancho,NM. He moved to Canton, SD in 1971, at which time he graduated from Augustana College. He became an accomplished sculptor. He returned to NM in August 2013.
Richard was a devout Christian, a member of the Luthern Church; American Legion; and Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his daughters Janet Porter Carrejo (Andy), Julia Griffith, son James W Bechdol(Shannon); five grandsons, two granddaughters, 13 great grandchildren. Also survived by his brother Jack Bechdol and sister Jean Hardy. He was proceeded in death by his wife Norma, parents, sister Mary Carver, brothers Paul Bechdol and Samuel Bechdol.