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Glenn LeRoy Bechler

January 15, 1920 - August 9, 2021
From: Royal, IA
Glenn LeRoy Bechler

Glenn LeRoy Bechler

Born: January 15, 1920
Died: August 9, 2021
Age: 101

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Glenn LeRoy Bechler, the son of Roy and Sabrie (Wilcox) Bechler, was born January 15, 1920 in Rockford, ND.  Glenn’s family moved to Iowa when he was 6 and his childhood years were spent around Sac City, where he received his education, graduating from Sac City High School in 1939.

     On September 8, 1942, Glenn married Wanita O’Tool in Pomeroy, Iowa.  Following their marriage, they lived north of Sac City, where Glenn and Wanita farmed. In 1945, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Army Air Force from October 1945 until his agriculture discharge in March of 1946. In 1958, they moved to Royal, Iowa, where he worked as a farmhand for Kathryn & Warren Bauman and Alice & Larry LeClair. Later, Wanita and Glenn worked as church custodians.  He later worked as a custodian at Clay Central Community schools for 16 years until his retirement.  He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church until it’s closure.  Glenn was currently a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

     Glenn passed away at Longhouse Residence in Spencer, IA on Monday, August 9, 2021 at the age of 101.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy & Sabrie;  wife, Wanita in  2002; one sister in infancy, Ruth Bechler; three brothers: Merle, Harold and Robert Bechler & a son-in-law, James Weishaar.

     Left to cherish his memory are four daughters: Linda (Gary) Gerdes of Weatherford, TX, Patricia Weishaar of Spencer, IA, Pamela (Carl) Struve of Rolfe, IA, Mary (Clark) Abel of Greenville, IA; one son, Gary (Lea) Bechler of Spencer, IA; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren;  4 great-great-great grandchildren;  other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday, August 13, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

The services will be livestreamed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and may be viewed on the link below:

Father Tim Hogan

Lector - Lois McCarty
Sally Cole
Michael Gerdes
Jannette Windisch
Brenda Peterson
Roxanne Gross
Tim Struve
Steve Struve
Dennis Struve
Tammy Heflin
Kevin Bechler
Joe Bechler
Christoper Abel
Corley Abel
Megan Martin     
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.  A Vigil service will be held at 5:00 P.M., Thursday prior to the visitation.

“Thy Will Be Done”
“Here I Am Lord”
"On Eagle’s Wings”
“Seek Ye First”
“We Remember” 
“Come Follow Me”
“Amazing Grace”

Jean Jongerius-Hoffman

 Barb Ambrosius

North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion and the VFW of Spencer, Iowa folllowing the graveside services.


Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 12:12 PM
“I so enjoyed the 10 years I spent teaching at Clay Central and Glenn was a big part of that. I remember the adage for new teachers, “ make the Custodian your first friend, then worry about administration.” Glenn was a good friend and I will always remember the kindness he showed me as a rookie and the help he was always ready to give. My condolences to his family.”
- Doug Jones
Friday, August 20, 2021 at 7:32 AM
“Thinking of you as you say good bye to your dad for the last time.

I saw a lot of great pictures, can you point Sally and Mike for me?”
- Joye Thomas Twesme
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 1:27 PM
“Dear Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I would have liked to have been there and seen you all, but unfortunately I was in Oregon on a family emergency and just returned home very early this morning. I did not realize Glen was 101. How amazing to be blessed with so many years with him. I send love to you all, but not to show favoritism or any thing, but sending an extra hug and kiss to Aunt Linda, Uncle Gary, Sally, Mike, Scotty and that whole clan. Love, hugs, and prayers, Julie (Bishop) Wingert ”
- Julie (Bishop) Wingert
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 7:40 AM
“Gary and family: we are sorry to hear of Glen’s death. What a good long life he was blessed with. We remember him as the custodian at school and the smiles he would give out. It was interesting to learn more about his life…. A life well lived. Our deepest sympathy. ”
- David and Jane Kruse
Monday, August 16, 2021 at 7:37 AM
“GOD BLESS GLENN and your family”
- John and cathy Kirschbaum
Monday, August 16, 2021 at 7:37 AM
“Dear Pat and Family, We are sorry for your loss of Glenn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care and may God bless and watch over your families. Mike and Mary Monroe
- Mike and Mary Monroe
Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“So very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Looks like he had a wonderful life and what a beautiful family you all have. God Bless you all.”
- Jean Baxter Tripp
Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“Thinking of you and sending my deepest sympathy and prayers. May God give you His comfort and peace.”
- Cynthia Knapp
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 6:17 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Glen was always such a kind and thoughtful man. I remember him coming to the farm to work with my Dad, sometimes he even brought Mary along, which was the best! Glen was always there with a smile when we saw him in the halls at Clay Central. May the memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.”
- Jim and Tami (Bauman) Christensen
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 5:44 PM
“I was so sorry to hear about your Dad! brought back lots of foot memories of our time spent as neighbors in Royal. ”
- Judy Campbell Peterson
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 5:44 PM
“So sorry to hear of Glenn's passing. He was a sweet person. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gary and Lea. ”
- Lisa Blazek
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 12:12 PM
“My condolence to the Family.”
- Glenn Markley
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 12:12 PM
“I am very sorry for your loss! I have great memories of Glenn and your family! It's been a long time but the good memories I have are just that great! God Bless you all! Glen was the best! God Bess! Dennis Bauman”
- Dennis Bauman
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 9:52 AM
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:37 AM
“So sorry to learn of Glen's passing. God bless you and your family. ”
- Margaret Molitor
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:37 AM
“Mary I am sorry to hear about your dad. I know how close you were, and know your happy memories of him will give you comfort. ”
- Lori Hoberg Adams
Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:37 AM
“Gary I am saddened to hear of your family's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Joan Nehman
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:19 AM
“We're so sorry for your loss.”
- Kevan and Lisa Kaiser
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 7:38 AM
“Oh, I remember those good old days at Clay Central! Glenn & Wanita kept that school so clean. They were such a neat pair!
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Bechler family. God bless, ”
- Shari & Ken Emmert
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 3:30 PM
“Glenn and I had many visits when he was cleaning my room in Royal. He was always so friendly and ready to chat.
God gave him to you for more years than most. I pray that God continues to show his love to you at this time. ”
- Audrey Schmidt
Monday, August 9, 2021 at 8:43 PM
“So sorry to hear of Glenn's passing. He was a sweet man and I always enjoyed our visits. May he rest in peace.”
- Shirley Selzer
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