Class of 1945
1945 Graduation EditionPerry Daily Journal
In addition to being an outstanding member of the Perry Maroon football team, Robert Bechtold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bechtold of 1016 Elm, also played basketball and golf and went out for track.
He was a member of the Junior National Honor Society in 1941-42, was on the student council three years, 1939-42, was president of his freshman class, and took part in this year’s senior play. He also belongs to Teen Town.
Robert was born September 5, 1927, at Perry, and attended grade school here, except for a year and a half at the Hunter school, southwest of Perry.
He wants to go to college if the war is nearly ended when he gets his diploma, otherwise he plans to join the navy.
James Robert Bechtold
September 5, 1927 – May 19, 2005
James Robert Bechtold of Lakeway, TX died Thursday, May 19, 2005, at Memorial Herman Memorial City Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2005 at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Bechtold was born in Perry, Oklahoma on September 5, 1927, to Earl Raymond and Gladys (Rosa) Bechtold. Robert was a graduate of Perry High School and Oklahoma State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He was a member of the football team and Sigma Nu Fraternity while attending OSU. He served one year in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan.
Robert worked a short time in the family business at the Tamac Pottery Plant in Perry, OK and then began a 30 year career as a Sales Engineer with CE Natco. He worked the last 15 years with CE Natco in Houston and then retired to Lakeway, TX with his wife Marilyn.
He enjoyed the golf course view, swimming and boating with his son, daughter-in-law, and 3 grandsons.
He is predeceased by his parents, and his wife Marilyn.
He is survived by son Robert Scott Bechtold and his wife, Jill, of Houston, TX: three grandchildren Ryan Bechtold, Ross Bechtold, Hunter Bechtold all of Houston, TX.
Robert was a pleasant person to be with and beloved by those who knew him. He will be greatly missed.