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Mark Bechtel

Mark Bechtel

NORFOLK — Services for Mark L. Bechtel, 58, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk. The Rev. Richard Crooks will officiate. Burial will be in the Fremont Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Mark Bechtel died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at CHI Health Plainview Hospital.


Mark was born on Sept. 17, 1963, in Fremont, to Leonard “Red” and Esther (Jensen) Bechtel. He attended school in Fremont and graduated from Fremont High School in 1982. He later graduated from Southeast Community College in Milford in 1984 with a diesel mechanics degree.

After college, Mark came to Norfolk and worked for the International dealer and the last 10 years for Peterbilt. Mark enjoyed riding Harley’s, traveling, tinkering with his model trains and took pride in his work building and working on engines.

Survivors include his parents, Leonard “Red” and Esther Bechtel of Fremont; Mike (Linda) Bechtel of Fremont; nephews Brett (Nancy) Bechtel, Gary Bechtel, Eric (Jasmine) Bechtel; and niece Andrea (Shawn) Bales.

He was preceded in death by his brother, David Bechtel, and a nephew, Jason Bechtel.

Casketbearers will be Darwin Seagren, Nic Weber, Dan Compton, Bill Kohlhof, Brian Elsberry and Caleb Bierman. Honorary casketbearers will be Donnie Gerdes and Dennis Zimmerer.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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NORFOLK — Private memorial services for Cory K. Petersen, 52, Irving, Texas, formerly of Pilger, will be Monday, Nov. 29. Private inurnment will be at the Pilger City Cemetery in rural Pilger.

WAYNE — Services for Lois J. Jech, 89, Wayne, will be at a later date under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne. Lois Jech died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at the Wakefield Health Care Center.

BURTON — Services for Dee Anne Nilson, 72, Springview, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Burton. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Springview.

ST. HELENA — Services for Joseph B. Bruening, 63, St. Helena, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Helena. The Rev. Jim Keiter will officiate with burial in the parish cemetery.

Private services for LeRoy M. Ruppert, 85, will be at a later date. LeRoy Ruppert died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Sun City West, Ariz., after a lengthy illness.

CROFTON — Services for Galen K. Merchen, 93, Bloomfield, formerly of Crofton, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Galen Merchen died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Bloomfield.

WINSIDE — Memorial service for Joan S. Jensen, 85, Norfolk, formerly of Winside, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the United Methodist Church in Winside. The Rev. Gately will officiate the service. Private inurnment will be at a later date.

LAUREL — Memorial services for Roddy Smith, 66, Chaska, Minn., will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the United Methodist Church in Laurel. Private burial will be at a later date.

STANTON — Services for Myron Hassler, 68, Stanton, are pending at Home for Funerals in Stanton. Myron Hassler died Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at his home in Stanton.

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