Alan LaRue Bechtol

Born: Wed., Mar. 17, 1948
Died: Sun., Aug. 23, 2015


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 25, 2015
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Location: Walker United Methodist Church

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Alan LaRue Bechtol of Covington, GA, passed away at home on Sunday, August 23, 2015 after a brief illness at the age of 67.  He was born on March 17, 1948 in Lewisburg, PA and was the son of the late Harold Elsworth Bechtol and Helen Marguerite Shirk Bechtol.  He graduated from Milton High School in Milton, PA and attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Superior, WI.  He married the former Sheila Bryan of Greensboro on July 22, 1972.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Flight Crewman from 1967 until 1977 and afterwards medically retired to the Fleet Reserve.  After his career with the military, he was a Computer Engineer for many companies and in 2003 began his own company, Bechtol Custom Home Inspection.  He was a member of Walker United Methodist Church of Greensboro.  Alan derived much pleasure hunting, fishing and golfing and was a member of ASHI. Alan was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
In addition to his wife of forty-three years, Sheila Bechtol of Covington, GA, Alan is survived by a son, Andrew Alan Bechtol and his wife Nicole of Covington, GA; daughter-in-law, Amy Conner Bechtol; five grandchildren, Kristina Marie Bechtol, Jacob Alan Bechtol, Peyton Michael Bechtol, Hailey Renee Bechtol, and Christopher James Bechtol; mother-in-law, Mildred Bryan of Covington, GA; brother, Barry L. Ditzler and his wife Samantha of Decatur AL; and extended family, Jarrad  Overman, Jewel Ann Overman and Brielle Leeah Overman; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  He was preceded in death by a son, James Bryan “Jim” Bechtol.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Walker United Methodist Church, 2730 Walker Church Road, Greensboro, GA with Rev. John Pike and Rev. Russell Nuss officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro.  Serving as pallbearers are Andy Bechtol, Jarrad Overman, Robert Moon, Colin Russell, Matthew Geiger and Mark Geiger.  The family requests that memorials be made to Walker United Methodist Church.   McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of local arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Robert Moon
   Posted Mon August 24, 2015
I will miss you my friend. You were my golf buddy, pool buddy, grilling buddy, father figure, brother and best friend. Rest in Peace Al. See you on the other side.

Carolyn Bryan Taylor
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015
Sheila, Aunt Mildred and all family members,

I am so sorry to hear of Alan's death. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.


Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015
Shelia , Aunt Mildred and family, we were so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our prayers during this difficult time.

Dena Hosch Miller
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015
Many, many fond memories of Alan! He was a friend and father figure for many years. He will be missed terribly by all. My love and prayers to all of the Bechtol family.

Beth Callaway Hunt
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Beth Callaway Hunt

Barbara and Wayne Hunt
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015

We send our sincere sympathy to all the family of Alan Bechtol. We lift up special prayers for Sheila Bechtol and Mildred Bryan that we have had the pleasure of having in our church congregation at Mount Pleasant UMC in Covington. All the family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Barbara and Wayne Hunt

Roxanne Caldwell Egan
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015

I'm so sad that Alan has passed on. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mildred and the family.


Kathy Craver
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015
Sheila & Family

So sorry to hear that Alan has passed but know he is "Safely Home" with our Heavenly Father. He will be missed!!

With Deepest Sympathy

Jennifer Clancy
   Posted Tue August 25, 2015

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by The Clancy Family.

Losing someone we love is so difficult. We are so thankful that we were able to be a part of Alan's life. I know he and Jimmy will watch over all of you now. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you. God Bless, The Clancy Family

Amanda Thompson Mealor
   Posted Wed August 26, 2015
Please know that your are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Allan was a great guy.

   Posted Tue September 22, 2015
Thanks for your guidance and friendship Al. I learned a lot.