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Melvin A Bechel

Melvin A Bechel

Melvin A Bechel, age 94 of Eau Claire, died Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Oakwood Hills Senior Living in Eau Claire with his family by his side.

He was pre-deceased by his wife of more than 65 years, Jean Bechel and son-in-law, Tony Zenner.

He is survived by his four children, Sandy Zenner of Old Town, FL, Mark (Dorothy) of Denver, CO, Karen (Craig) Anderson of Nevada, IA and Paul (Cheryl) of Maple Grove, MN, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Melvin was born in the Plum City, WI area and lived in the area until he entered the Army near the end of World War 2.  When he left the army, he married Jean LaBrec from Arkansaw, WI.  They moved to Eau Claire and lived their entire adult lives in that community.  Melvin retired from Northland Electric Supply Company where he was Vice President and General Manager.  His career there spanned more than 40 years.

Graveside Services will be 12:00PM Noon, Thursday, September 30, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Arkansaw with Rev. Junabe Villapaz officiating.

Memorials are preferred in Melvin’s name to a charity of your choice.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Mary Uelmen

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was Mel’s neighbor on Kelley Place and adored both he and Jean. Mel always had a smile and hug whenever I would see him. One of my fondest memories is when they square danced at the elementary school for the kids. Heaven definitely gained another good soul. Hope all your memories bring you comfort.

  2. Debby Graziano

    My deepest sympathies are extended to the family members of Melvin's family. He was such a kind and caring man and a member of Sacred Heart St Patrick parish where I wasa member.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. Brady Foust

    My condolences.

  4. Peggy Kralewski

    So sorry for your loss. Uncle Mel was a good and kind man. He always had time for a chat and made us laugh. We will miss him.

  5. Susan McDonnell

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Uncle Mel was always so fun to be around. Not only was he a great conversationalist, but he always found a way to make me smile. I have fond memories of hunting with him and of family gatherings with him and Aunt Jean.

  6. Deb Setterlund

    So sorry for your loss. Uncle Mel brought such joy to all of us. We will miss him so much.

  7. Diane Longsdorf

    So very sorry for you loss. Uncle Mel was a sweet man, with a great sense of humor. He could always make people smile and laugh. I know he is happy to be with Aunt Jean now.

  8. Darlene Brunner

    Our deepest sympathy to Uncle Mel’s children and grandchildren. He was such a wonderful, caring man and always so kind to all of his brother’s children (our family)❤️
    RIP to a dear man❤️????

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