Roland Bechtel

Posted Online: Aug. 27, 2014, 8:12 pm
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The Rev. Roland Dean Bechtel, 72, of East Moline, went to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Foursquare Church, East Moline. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline.
Pastor was born Dec. 18, 1941, in Fremont, Neb., the son of Royal and Ruth Sutton Bechtel. He graduated from Mount Vernon Bible College, Mount Vernon, Ohio. He married the Rev. Alice Joy Bechtel, whom he met at Mount Vernon Bible College, June 15, 1965, in Mount Vernon.
He served in Olean, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; Beloit, Wis.; Elgin, Ill., and had been pastor of Foursquare Church, East Moline, since 1984. He was a chaplain at Illini Hospital, Silvis, for 30 years. His heart was dedicated to missions abroad and had participated in many during the years. He enjoyed gardening, flower arranging and decorating the church.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the Rev. Alice Bechtel, East Moline; daughters, Christina (Steve) Lawrick, East Moline, and Lori Bechtel, East Moline; sons, the Rev. Roland "Doug" (Sophorn) Bechtel, Moline, and John Bechtel, East Moline; grandchildren, Kayla, Kaleb, Kaylan, Hannah and Grace; and brother, Leonard (Esther) Bechtel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Barbara and Maxine; brothers, Sonny and Gene.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foursquare Church, East Moline.
Online condolences may be left for the family at


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