2018-01-11 / Obituaries

Robert Jennings ‘Bob’ Bechill

Former Houghton Lake resident Robert Jennings “Bob” Bechill, 51, died at his Mt. Pleasant home Dec. 30, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at Houghton Lake United Methodist Church Friday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. Visita­tion will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Christler Funeral Home, Prudenville Chapel, handled ar­rangements.

He was born to Ronald and Betty Bechill Dec. 19, 1966, in Royal Oak. The family moved to Houghton Lake when he was in middle school and he graduated from Houghton Lake High School in 1985. Many people in high school knew him as “Golden Toes,” when the winning kick actually won the game. He still holds the Houghton Lake varsity football PAT (points after touch­down) record for a season – 29.

Mr. Bechill attended Central Michi­gan University and went on to pursue a career in sales, following in his father’s footsteps. He started selling RVs when he was 20 years old and then cars and trucks. The last 10 or more years he was the sales manager for Jim Navarre Ford Lincoln in Alma, where he gained an­other family of dear friends.

He and Tonya Brodie (Canute) were married in 1992 at Houghton Lake Unit­ed Methodist Church. He was blessed with four beautiful children, Layken Ashlee (23), Brent Jennings (20), Ty Jensen (17) and Carlie Schae (11). He and Tonya were divorced, but remained good friends with one common goal in mind, their children’s best interest. He was known as an amazing father and was so proud to be their dad. Nothing meant more to him than the love of his kids and they adored him.

Mr. Bechill was a major sports enthu­siast, supporting his home state teams in addition to many others. He was a huge Michigan State University fan, which made his alumni mother proud. He en­joyed every opportunity he had to watch sporting events in person, especially the games that his children were involved in. He was always on the sidelines cheering them on whether to a victory or with compassion after defeat.

He had a passion for music and knew how to “rock out.” He played the guitar and had the vocal chords to accompany each and every song. He was an avid concert goer and enjoyed rock bands from the 80s and today. He dedicated himself to his family, friends and cus­tomers. He will be missed by many.

In addition to his children, surviving Mr. Bechill are his parents, Ron and Betty Bechill; sisters, Kathy (John) Wyckoff, Patty (John Fyolek) Bechill; nieces and nephews, Alexis Bechill, Tanner Fyolek, Taryn Wyckoff and Carter Wyckoff; and his girlfriend, Connie Youngert, and her daughter, Sam Esch.

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