Richard Arden Bechtold

February 24, 1933October 12, 2021

Richard Arden Bechtold, age 88, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born on February 24, 1933, in Warren, OH, Dick was the son of Harry and Eleanor Bechtold. Dick’s brother, Dennis, and sister Ann preceded his passing.

Dick served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in October 1955. He earned his Engineering Degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio, and worked as an engineer at Delphi Packard Electric, Warren, Ohio for 20 years. He was recruited by Max Draime (founder of Stoneridge Electronics (SRI), formerly Alphabet, Inc.) as a partner, responsible for expanding their vehicle wiring systems assembly facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, and Brazil. He retired in 1991 and settled in the Sarasota Bradenton area where he and Maggie have resided for the last 28 years. Dick was a hands-on leader and earned the respect of those that were fortunate to work with him, with the rare skill of making everyone around him better at what they did.

Dick is survived by his beloved wife Margaret (Maggie) Law Bechtold, happily married February 16, 1957 (64 years), daughters Barbara Ann Brinton and husband David from North Carolina, Susan Lynn Rounsavall and husband Michael from North Carolina, and son Richard Eugene Bechtold, a resident of Lakewood Ranch, FL; six grandchildren, Michael Charles (Leigh) and Kevin Richard Rounsavall, Richard Corey (Jessica) and Ryan John (Mariah) Blair, Richard Arden (Amanda) and Jack Reagan Bechtold; three great grandchildren, Grace Margaret Rounsavall, Grayson Arden Blair, and Jack Levi Blair; along with many wonderful and dear extended family members and friends.

Dick was a true family man; his family always came first. His sense of humor was just one of his outstanding traits. He loved designing smart home systems with visually appealing architectural features, and was an early adopter of home automation in his homes in Howland, OH, Burlington, NC, and Sarasota, FL. Dick and Maggie’s home in Sarasota, FL was featured in Electronic House magazine in the year 2000. He was a Sarasota area breakfast connoisseur, and never passed up covering the bill for meals with family and friends. Dick defined a “life well lived.”

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on October 23, 2021, 2:00 p.m. at Harvest United Methodist Church located at 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Dick will be laid to rest at the Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be donated to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. in Sarasota, or The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (NPCF).


23 October

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Harvest United Methodist Church

14305 Covenant Way
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202


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Patricia DeCavitch

October 19, 2021

Richard was a great guy who truly loved his family. Richard and Margie were a perfect fit. I know his family will really miss him. All the years I spent enjoying their friendship will never be forgotten. I know I will cherish them forever. Margie, I know you will really miss him. The two of you shared such a fantastic life.

Tom Lussier

October 18, 2021

Mrs Bechtold, Rick, Barb, Sue,

The Lussier family sends our love and sorrow.

Tom (Natalie, Jack, Lily) Lussier

Bill Zamarelli

October 18, 2021

Dear Maggie, Sue and I were so sadden when we read the news of Dick's passing. We have great memories of you both during your reunion visit to Warren, and the warm hospitality that you showed at the cocktail party in your beautiful home. I will always remember the fun we had during the sale of that home in Hunters Hollow. Maggie, we send our deepest sympathy to you and your family, and be assured that you and Dick and family are in our prayers.


October 18, 2021

MARGIE. We are so sorry for your loss. we so enjoyed our visits with you and Dick in the years past. There is so few of us left. Please don't lose your great sense of humor. Hodie & Mary Ann

Bev/Brad Hahn

October 17, 2021

Pre-Covid, had brunch most Sundays after Church with Maggie and Dick. Such an enthusiastic and outgoing guy. They were so proud of their family and Dick so devoted to Maggie.

Kris Murphy

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

We will miss our dear neighbor, terribly. Dick was so welcoming to Wilson when he came into my life.
Friday Night Happy Hours will never be the same. Between bringing his latest wine, wine dispenser, teddy bears for all the girls on Valentines, and informing us of his latest gadget for our condo’s, there will be a huge gap in our gatherings. Not to mention that he negotiated unbelievable terms for many Cadillac owners in the neighborhood!
Wilson will miss his pedicure visits and lunches they had just started together. They won’t have to fight over the nail tech, Trang….
We cherish every knock on the front door with his latest ideas of easy living in our homes. What a creative and genius mind! Maggie won’t have to roll her eyes so often……although I know we all would give anything to chuckle with his gimmicks.

He was a dear man and a great friend. He has left his mark on our lives. Thank you for sharing him with us.
We are here for Maggie and Molly, and even for Rick! We love you all!

Kris and Wilson Cosby

Cathy Bechtold

October 15, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Richard.
Uncle Richard will be truly missed.
My heart goes out to Maggie, Barb, Sue, Rick & all the grandkids.
Uncle Richard was loved by so many.
God has received a truly amazing person inside & out and will be deeply missed here on earth.
I do believe his Mother Eleanor, Father Harry, sister Annie & brother Denny, are waiting for him with open arms!!!!!