Kenneth T Bechert
August 28, 1940 – September 14, 2021
Kenneth Bechert of Coral Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully on September 14th after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Ken was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 28th, 1940, to Charles and Katheryn Bechert. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 45 years, Catherine “Katie” Bechert, son Tom (and Kari), and daughter Molly (and Nathan), along with three grandsons: Oliver (6), Leo (6), and Augie (3). He is reunited in heaven with his parents and by his brothers Charles “Skip” Bechert and Gerald “Jerry” Bechert.
Born into a close-knit Irish Catholic community in Indianapolis, Ken entered St. Meinrad seminary at the age of 13 and was a dedicated Catholic priest for 5 years after being ordained. But after dreaming of starting a family, Ken received his dispensation from Pope Paul VI in 1975 and set out on a new path in life in South Florida, while remaining dedicated to his Catholic faith. A natural-born salesman, he quickly rose from early jobs selling gas grills in hardware store parking lots into an incredibly successful medical sales executive, earning innumerable awards and accolades during his decades-long career. His outgoing nature and his care and loyalty for those around him earned him life-long friends both personally and professionally.
Post-retirement, Ken and Katie enjoyed spending long stretches of time in their mountain home in Franklin, North Carolina, socializing, golfing, gardening, and tinkering around the house. He relished his role as a grandfather (or “Bubba” as his grandsons called him as soon as they could talk) and spent his time making his grandsons laugh as much as possible.
A lifelong Fighting Irish fan, sending both his children to Notre Dame was among his proudest achievements. He could be found yelling at his TV with his ND ballcap on every Fall Saturday. And despite not being an alumnus himself, he spent several years as the President of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association.
The family offers its most heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dad’s caregiver of many years, Mavalin Carter, for her genuine care, compassion, and support. The family would also like to thank Michelle Goldberg and Shari Geller of Senior Options FL and Adrienne Allen of Higher Vision Health for the support, guidance, and fierce advocacy they provided for the family and for dad in navigating his final months.
Mass will be held on Monday, September 20th, at 12:30pm at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 1401 Coral Ridge Dr in Coral Springs. The mass will also be streaming online; visit stelizabethannseton.org at 12:30pm Monday for more information.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association and to David’s House.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kraeercoralsprings.com for the Bechert family.
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Kenneth T Bechert
September 17, 2021
You and your family and of course Ken are in my prayers. I look back on so many activities we shared at St. Francis. Please know both of you have been missed since your move. It seems most of our activities included worshipping together and cooking and eating together. I remember in particular the Knights dinners where you and Ken both worked very hard---can still taste that raisin sauce!! I hope you are flooded with happy memories of your life together. Pat Tuscany
Charlotte & Marty Childers
September 17, 2021
Katie, Marty and I are so sorry for your loss. I know it has been a rough time for you recently. We look forward to seeing you when you are back up on our mountain. Although we can't be with you at Mass, we will continue to pray for the repose of Ken's soul. Blessings, Charlotte & Marty Childers
September 16, 2021
the beautiful gardens at the bechert’s mountain home were a source of much joy and inspiration.
ken , the scent of those beautiful flowers will always bring back peaceful memories of you and yours - of course we must add the scent coming from the oven of katie’s pies. 🌹🙏🏻