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Jean Pierre Bechaud
(04-11-1943 - 08-11-2013)

Jean Pierre Bechaud, 70, of Elgin left us on August 11, 2013 after a brief illness. Jean was born in Richland Center, WI, the son of Robert and June (Maurer) Bechaud.  Jean moved to Elgin after graduating from the University of Colorado, Denver. He then worked as a U-46 elementary school teacher until retirement. Jean’s entire career was at Willard School, South Elgin, where he was affectionately known by students, staff and the community as “Mr. B”. Cooking, gardening and good conversation were Jean’s favorite activities, along with enjoying his constant companions Nala and Mack. The highlight of every year for Jean was the preparation for holidays, and the anticipation of spending each holiday with special family members and friends.

Locally, Jean is survived by partner Tim Stoudt, son Jack (Annette) Bechaud, daughter Kristin Luetke (Patrick Spaulding), and grandchildren Daniele and Tyler Luetke. Jean is also survived by his sisters, Debborah Bechaud Garcia (Frank) Rochester, NY, and Sharon Bender, Webster, NY, Sharons’ children, Dennis Stoudt, Rock Falls, IL, his children, and Kerry and Gail Stoudt, Rock Island, IL, and their children.  Memorial services will be held on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, with services immediately following at 11:00 am. Private burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling, IL.  In Lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Jean’s name to Anderson Animal Shelter, South Elgin.  For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.


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