Funeral services were held on August 18 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Cherokee, Pastor Magrey De Vega officiating. Burial was held in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.
Loren was born on July 15, 1927 in Hudson, S.D. to Earl and Phoebe (Jones) Bechtel. Their family moved to Cherokee in 1931. Loren attended Wilson High School, graduating in 1945 as valedictorian of his class. After his schooling, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Germany. He decoded intercepted documents in the service. On Nov. 7, 1953 he married Arlis Arndt at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.
Loren worked for the Cherokee Bottling Company for many years, serving as the director and secretary for the business. He started his own business, Solarway Sign, and in 1965 he became a State Farm agent, where he worked for 25 years, retiring in 1991.
Loren enjoyed fishing, bowling, and golfing. He traveled south in the winter to watch the Cubs spring ball in Mesa, Ariz. He was an avid Cubs fan his whole life. Loren was a longtime member of the Rotary Club and the Cherokee Country Club. He will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Dale and Jerry Bechtel, and one granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife, Arlis; sons, Steve Bechtel of Cherokee; Bob Bechtel and his wife, Rhonda, of Cherokee; a daughter, Lisa Carlson and her husband, Barry, of Cherokee; a brother, Don Bechtel of Cherokee; eight grandchildren, Chad, Jessica, Alissa, Carl and Stephanie Bechtel, Brandon, Jodi, and Lynn Carlson; four great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Betty Bechtel of Cherokee; Marilyn Bechtel of Hampton; many nieces and nephews.