Oct. 15, 1928 - Sept. 7, 2012
Frederick W. Bechtel Jr. of the Town of Tonawanda, a furniture company worker and an outstanding high school athlete, died last Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1946 graduate of Kensington High School, where he earned city all-high honors in basketball, track and football under legendary coach Bill Bergstrom.
A star running back, he was awarded a full athletic scholarship to William & Mary College but decided to join the Army instead.
He served as a medic in Korea from 1946 to 1948.
Returning from service, he worked for General Mills, then for friends who owned the Cape Cod Shops furniture stores. After they closed, he joined Gardner Furniture, where he was a furniture refinisher. He retired in 1993.
He was active with the Kensington High School Alumni Association.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Jean M. Haas; a son, David; two daughters, Debra and Diane Evert; and a sister, Elsie Posner.
A memorial gathering will be arranged in October.