Betty was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Cherokee, the daughter of Rudolph and Flora (Gates) Brenneman. She attended elementary school in Cleghorn, graduating with the Class of 1942 at Wilson High School in Cherokee. She worked as a riveter at a defense plant in Long Beach, Calif., for about a year.
On Feb. 2, 1946, she married Gerald Bechtel at the Methodist Manse in Cherokee. They made their home in Cherokee all of their lives. Betty was involved with the Sioux Valley Hospital Auxiliary and the M.H.I. Auxiliary. She served as a Brownie leader and a member of Cherokee Parks and Rec. Board.
Betty devoted her entire life to her family.
Survivors include daughters, Linda Timmins, and her husband, Denny, of Cherokee, Diana Thorne, and her husband, Jerry, of Arbor Vitae, Wis., Denise Green, of Cherokee; Kristine Meylor and her husband, Dr. Wayne, of Le Mars; sons, Michael Bechtel, and his wife, Joyce, of Cherokee, Dan Bechtel of Cherokee, a sister, Fern Bowen of Waunakee, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Arlis Bechtel of Cherokee and Marilyn Bechtel of Hampton; a brother-in-law, Don Bechtel of Cherokee; 15 grandchildren, Marc Timmins and his wife, Lisa; Jeff Timmins; Stacy Jossart and her husband, Chad; Doug Spence and his wife, Leah; Dr. Amy Diercks and her husband, Allen; Sara Kohn and her husband, Jason; Jennifer Bechtel; Tana Beattie and her husband, Matt; Laura Green; Dr. Neal Meylor; Lynn De Rocher and her husband, Dr. Nick; Rex Meylor; Brad Meylor; Derek Bechtel; Drake Bechtel; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry; four sisters, Vera, Helen, Marge, and Dorothy; and a brother, Loren Bechtel.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. The Rev. Magrey deVega will officiate. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee.
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