Howard Bechen


May 30, 1927 - January 20, 2020


Howard Bechen, 92, of Mitchell formerly of Artesian died, Monday, January 20, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. 

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell.  Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a prayer service at 6:30 PM.  Arrangements are under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Howard James Bechen was born on May 30, 1927 to Ruben and Elizabeth (Mader) Bechen.  He was born in Kadoka, South Dakota and joined the Navy after graduating high school in May of 1945.  Howard served in both World War II and the Korean War.  After returning from the wars, he met and married Marg Moore.  They were married on June 20, 1952.

They were the proud parents of ten children.  In January of 1982 the good Lord called Marg home.  He then met and married Mary Beaner.  They were married on December 23, 1983.

Howard was involved in many things other than ranching and farming.  He was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Artesian Saddle Cub, the Moose Club, the VFW and the Artesian America Legion.  He was a 4-H leader and received numerous conservation awards.  He enjoyed riding horses to check his cattle as well as camping and boating for relaxing.  He taught his family the value of hard work, tough love and devotion to God.

Howard passed away peacefully on Monday, January 20, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife, Mary and many of his children and grandchildren.

Howard is survived by his wife, Mary (Beaner) Bechen; his children and their spouses, Doug (Renee) Bechen of Whitewood, SD , Sandy (Dick) Krantz of Winner, SD, Merl (Diane) Bechen of Mitchell, SD, Larry (Carn) Bechen of Chaska, MN, Joe (Donna) Bechen of Winfred, SD, Brad (Kathleen) Bechen of Huntsville, AL, John (Gayle) Bechen of Letcher, SD, Tom (Marie) Bechen of Mitchell, SD, Barbie (Greg) Becker of Little Elm, TX and Dave (Brenda) Bechen of Mitchell, SD; Howard’s grandchildren and spouses, Travis (Wendy) Bechen, Trevor (Lacy) Bechen, Troy (Amanda) Bechen, Jen (Ryan) Showalter, Scott Krantz, Jessica Krantz, Alyssa (Brandon) McLellan, Angela (Zach) Nolz, Amanda  Bechen, Chris (Kindra) Bechen, Cassie (Cole) Kelly, Kelly (Steve) Cox, Carisa (Jeff) Godfrey, Ona (Tony) Lane, Adam (Jill) Bechen, Megan (Johnathon) Noonan, Dominic, KT and Jon Luc Bechen, Daniel, Jarid and Catherine Bechen, Rachel, Sarah, and Rebecca Bechen, Elizabeth Becker, Abigail (Eric) Cooper, Ashley, Aspen, Michelle, MaKayla, Madison, Alexa and Jace Bechen; and 28 great-grandchildren.  All who loved him dearly.

Howard is preceded in death by his first wife, Marg (Moore) Bechen; infant grandson, Ian Bechen; parents, Ruben and Elizabeth (Mader) Bechen; brothers, Russell, Donald and Edward Bechen; In-laws, Loraine, Carol, and Joyce Bechen, Melvin, Earl, and Bonnie Moore, and Joe and Bill Beaner; and one niece, Dixie Zoelle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. 



Friday, January 24, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, SD

Posted by Judy Barringer on January 28, 2020
Family helps. Remember friends are also thinking and praying for you.
Posted by Kurt and Diane Gildemaster on January 27, 2020
Sorry to hear about your loss of dad-- he has raised many fine people and was obviously proud of all of you. Our prayers are with all of you.
Posted by Scott Bechen on January 27, 2020
So sorry for the passing of my uncle Howard. We had so much fun coming out to see him when I was growing up and staying on the farm with all the other kids. He treated us just like one of them. He is a great man and we love him. You’ll be missed but never forgotten.
Posted by Deb Carlson on January 26, 2020
Condolences to Mary and the whole family with thoughts prayers for healing. God Bless All .
Posted by Teresa Nelson on January 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Posted by Mads & Chloe Andenas on January 22, 2020
We were saddened to hear of Howard’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. There are so many wonderful memories.
Posted by Loren Baysinger on January 22, 2020
I am sorry for your loss thinking of you all sending prayers
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett and Family on January 22, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to all
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