We regret to inform you that Retired Lt. Neil Bechtol passed away on March 15th at the age of 86. The Maryland Troopers Association sends it’s deepest condolences to the Bechtol Family during this difficult time. The following is a copy of the obituary as published by Stauffer Funeral Home.
Neil Ford Bechtol, 86, of Fairfield, PA passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2022. He was the loving husband, of 67 years, to Erma Beatrice (Davis) Bechtol.
Born in Paw Paw, WV on March 5, 1936, he was the son of the late Edward Ford and Leona Ida Mae (Whisner) Bechtol.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his two daughters, Tracey Gebhart and husband, David, of Fairfield, PA, and Terri Little and husband, Patrick, of Emmitsburg, MD; grandson, David Neil Gebhart and wife, Rachel, granddaughter, Jessica Shank and husband, Justin, grandson, Joshua Little and wife, Ashley; and great-granddaughters, Avery Ann Gebhart, Auden Jane Lee Gebhart, and Madison Mae Shank. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Dustin Ford Gebhart.
He is also survived by a sister, Virginia Lee Wright of Cresaptown, MD; brothers, Charles Edward Bechtol, Fayettteville, NC, and Gary Wayne Bechtol and wife, Jeannie, Cross Junction, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
Neil grew up in Cumberland, MD where he attended Fort High School. He remained a life-long fan of Fort Hill football. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing, and loved spending time outdoors. Many fond memories were made as he shared this passion with his grandchildren. A few years ago, Neil took up woodcarving, a hobby that he quickly mastered. While Neil found pleasure in his hobbies, his greatest joy in life was clearly spending time with his family. He took pride in his family and loved every moment of their time spent together.
Neil was employed by the Maryland State Police from 1958 to 1985. Shortly after MSP basic training, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a military police officer in White Sands, New Mexico. He was stationed in White Sands from 1958 to 1960 and then returned to Maryland to begin his service in the Maryland State Police. After actively serving 25 years and retiring from MSP, as Barrack “B” Commander, Neil accepted the position of Thurmont Police Chief. He served in this role for 16 years.
The family will receive family and friends from 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Stauffer Funeral Home, 104 East Main Street in Thurmont, MD.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd at the Stauffer Funeral Home in Thurmont. Rev. Tim May will officiate. Final resting place with be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick with honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sheppard Pratt at www.sheppardpratt.org/donate.