Ezra J. Bechtel, age 89, passed away January 18, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Helen, and his son Joe Bechtel. Also preceding him in death were his siblings Fred, Norman, Cleo, Opal and Edna. Ezra is survived by his daughter, Susan (Jamie) Dakin; daughter - in-law, Sharon Bechtel; grandchildren, Jolie (Joe) Volante, Janelle (Chris) Sherwood, and Jonathan (Bracey) Bechtel; great grandchildren, Connor, Ella, Jayce and Jillian; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ezra’s passion in life was his family, whom he took much pride in. They were the source of his joy, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren in his later years. He was a hardworking man, who always put his family first. Spending time and doing things for his family was what he looked forward to and took the most pleasure in. Another passion for him was his gardening; he was a master at it. He loved to share his expertise and give tours of his flower and vegetable gardens. Many hours were spent planting, harvesting and preserving his vegetables. He also enjoyed rabbit and bird hunting. His knowledge and enjoyment for the sport was passed on to his son and grandson, as they hunted together. “Dad” and “ Papa” will truly be missed, but the love and memories he gave will be with us always. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013 at Sherwood Funeral Home with Rev. Den Slattery officiating. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery, Grass Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Joe Bechtel Memorial Scholarship Fund.