Lewis Earl Bechtel Jr. 85, of Lee’s Summit, MO went home to heaven surrounded by the love of his family on Nov.5, 2019. Lewis (Lou) was born the 2nd son to Lewis and Catherine (Witherow) Bechtel on June 25, 1934. He married Jeannette Tann on May 29, 1954 in Kansas City, MO. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst College in 1956. He was married to Jennie for 54 years before her passing in 2009. Lou was also preceded in death by his older brother Jay Bechtel. Lou leaves behind seven children. Bill and wife Kenda Bechtel, Independence; Leslie and husband Bruce Carter, Independence; Susanne Bechtel, Warsaw, MO; Linda Bechtel, Lee’s Summit, MO; Lewis Earl lll and wife Debbie Bechtel, Lee’s Summit, MO; Mary and husband James Ingram, Kansas City, MO; Elizabeth and husband Rick Griggs, Lee’s Summit, MO; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Lou started his career with Montgomery Ward and worked his way into the Catalogue Sales and Promotions Manager. He retired from Wards On July 4, 1997. He then continued a sales career for 2 years before completely retiring in 1999.
Lou enjoyed many hobbies over his lifetime. Building sailboats, sailboat racing, camping, motorcycling, and travel. Lou along with Jennie rode their motorcycle in 49 states and over 150,000 miles. They were co-founders of the Heart of America Trikers, lifetime members of the International Brothers of the Third Wheel, members of the Show Me Wings Motorcycle Club and the Spyder Ryders Club. He and Jennie were also members of the Jacomo Sailing club. He was a member of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church.
Lou was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed hosting numerous family gatherings and trips. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. The family wishes to extend special thanks and gratitude to the loving staff of Kindred Hospice and the Visiting Angels Organization. Especially Christina, Amber, Joe and Sandy.