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Nathan W. Bechtolt
Nathan W. Bechtolt

Nathan W. Bechtolt, age 87, of Monroe passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at his home. He was born March 24, 1932, the son of Clarke and Marie (Wolter) Bechtolt in Monroe. He attended rural Round Grove School until 8th grade, and was a 1949 graduate of Monroe High School. In May of 1954 he entered the US Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in the 3rd Armured Division. After basic training he was transferred to Fort George G. Meade, 19th Combat Engineer Battalion. In November of 1955 he was discharged from service due to the death of his father, Nate returned home to run the family farm.

He was united in marriage to Donna Mae Menehan on November 3, 1956. They raised three children together, Randy Bechtolt of Raleigh, NC, Cheri (Bob) Foulker of Monroe, and Steven (Cindy) Bechtolt of South Wayne.

He farmed in Monroe until 1965; he then started work for Swiss Colony and Green County Foods division of Swiss Colony. He was the manager of the warehouse for both. He retired on March 31, 1995 after 28 years. In May of 2000 he came out of retirement to work for Monroe Truck Equipment, delivering new trucks and plows to various dealers. He retired once again on November 11, 2011. Nate enjoyed playing slow and fast pitch softball for thirty years in Monroe. He also enjoyed the Brewers, Packers, Bucks, and Badgers sports teams. Nate bowled and played cards all of his life; and enjoyed being outdoors most of all. He was a 50- year member, officer, and past Governor of the Monroe Moose Lodge Post #754.

Nate is survived by his children; as well as 6 grandchildren, Josh (Nicol) Bondele of Florida, Josh (Carrie) Foulker of Monroe, Justin (Erica) Foulker of Monroe, Kyle (Caitlin) Foulker of Monroe, Jenny (Andrew) Caruso of Eldridge, IA, and Molly (Tyler Francois) Bechtolt of Milwaukee; 9 great-grandchildren; sister LaVonne Boeck; sister-in-law, Frances Bechtolt; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by dear friend and companion of 16 years, Bonita Holmes and her loving family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; twin brother, Naaman Bechtolt; and brothers-in-law, Delbert Boeck and Darwin Menehan.

A Private Celebration of Nate’s Life will be held at a later date for his family. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at:

Nate will be sadly missed by all his friends and family.