DECATUR – Jim Bechtel of Decatur will celebrate his 85th birthday with a family gathering.
Mr. Bechtel was born Feb. 17, 1933, in Forsyth. He married Delores Hayward on July 5, 1952, in Decatur. She is deceased. He is a Navy veteran and retired from Caterpillar Inc.
He is the father of Kathy (Tom) Falk and Barbara (Milton) Joyner, both of Decatur; James (Teresa) Bechtel of Lakewood, Colo.; Terry (Carmen) Bechtel of Aurora, Colo.; and Cheryl Dodge of St. Joseph. He has nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.