Billy Lechler

March 9, 1931December 30, 2012
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Billy Lechler of McGregor went to be with the Lord Sunday night, December 30, 2012, at the age of 81. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Cole Funeral Home Chapel, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor with Rev. Carol Hambrick officiating. Interment will follow in McGregor Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday at Cole Funeral Home.

Mr. Lechler was born March 9, 1931, in McGregor, Texas, the son of the late Joe and Clara Ruth( Marshall) Lechler. He was a 1949 graduate of McGregor High School where he was on the football and basketball teams and ran track. On August 13, 1952, he married the former Mary Beth Lofland. After thirty-seven years of marriage, she preceded him in death June 20, 1990. From January 1, 1951 until his honorable discharge November 1, 1954, he served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. Mr. Lechler was employed by General Tire and Rubber Company in Waco as a tire builder. Later McGregor Milling and Grain employed him as a supervisor. In 1996, he retired from Esco as a supervisor after thirty-three years of service to the grain business. He was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church where he served on the church fellowship committee. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren during their sporting events and farming, ranching and working with his cattle. Also preceding him in death were a brother, Elmer Lechler and a grandson, Adam White.

Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn White and husband David of Temple, Dana Henderson and husband Tom of Clifton, Lisa O’Leary and husband Tim of Waco; two brothers, Edwin Lechler and wife Margaret of McGregor, Edward Lechler and wife Dottie of Wharton; a sister, Frances Younce and husband Eddie of Oglesby; six grandchildren, Shay Etler, T.J. Henderson, Zac Henderson, Hali Bell, Katy Kimmey, Kort O’Leary; two great grandchildren, Austin Iven and Addyson Etler.

For those desiring, the family has suggested the Alzheimers Association, 3429 Executive Center Dr., Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78731 for memorial contributions.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Sandra Hartsell

February 1, 2013

Prayers, love & gentle hugs to you all.
Kenneth & Sandra Hartsell
Brenda & Tommy Bovee

Bettie Smith

January 6, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of your dads passing. It is so hard to lose the one who has been in your life the longest. I know he is rejoicing with Mary Beth now. You're all in my prayers, Bettie Gail

Darlene (Holt) Morin

January 4, 2013

Sorry for your loss, my prayers go out to the entire Lechler family.

Stanley Peveto

January 3, 2013

Lechler Family, Billy was a joy to be around. I first meet him in 1972 when I worked at McGregor Milling and Grain. He was a good man and great person to be around.

January 3, 2013

Lisa, Dana and Marilyn and the entire wonderful Lechler family - John and I are truly sadden to hear the news about your Daddy. May our Loving, Caring and Giving Heavenly Father bring you much comfort and peace. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. In HIS love, Donna and John Hall, Amber and John Harrison, Cody and Ginny Hall

Karla Childers

January 3, 2013

Dana, Lisa and Marilyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these hard times. God Bless and peace be with you.

January 3, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Fred Bridger

Mitch Connell

January 2, 2013

I send my condolences and prayers out to Marilyn and family during your time of sorrow.

Candy Lewallen

January 2, 2013

My thoughts and prayers for the family at this time

Candy Finkenbinder Lewallen

January 2, 2013

Marilyn, Dana and Lisa
This is so sad. Bill (and Mary Beth) were special people in my life and I have so many fond memories of growing up across the street from your family.
David and I have you and your families in our prayers.
Elaine Lippe