BECHTELHEIMER, Lee R., 92, of Brooksville, Florida passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022.
He was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin on a vacation and was raised in Dade City, Florida where he lived until he moved to Brooksville, Florida in 1958. He was an U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict era, but spent his time in Germany during the restoration of that country.
Lee was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Leona (nee Brittle) and his parents, Orville & Irma (nee Schmidt) Bechtelheimer and his seven siblings. He is survived by his children, Terri Simpson (Nelson) of Palm Harbor Florida, Mike Bechtelheimer (Tricia), and Cedric Bechtelheimer (Kim) of Brooksville, Florida; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a large circle of extended family across the country.
He and his wife, Leona opened Florida Radiator Service in 1958, which his sons later operated until 2020. Lee was also the owner of Beck’s Tree Farm. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. Built many airboats, which some are in use today.
Services are private. He will be interned by his wife at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Withlacoochee River Electric Education Foundation, Attn: Paula Lewis, PO Box 278, Dade City FL 33526-0278.
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