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Leland Bachtell (1942-2020)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 5/6/2020 at 19:15:24

Leland Keith Bachtell, 78, of Elwood, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, May 5, 2020 at his home. The only son of Florence (Peg) and S.L. Bachtell. Leland was born on February 17, 1942 in Arlington, Iowa, Fayette County. His family moved from Arlington to West Union and they also resided in Washington, Wyoming, Maquoketa and Elwood, all in the state of Iowa.

While in Elwood, Mr. Bachtell graduated from Elwood Community High School in 1960 and then the University of Northern Iowa in 1964. After a brief rest, he signed with the academic branch of Humboldt Junior High School in Humboldt, Iowa as a Library Media Specialist; a position he held until his retirement in 2000.

While in Humboldt he was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa where he served as vestry member, choir member, on the scholarship committee, and altar guild. Leland also served as a chalice bearer, lector and intercessor. Upon retirement he returned to the Maquoketa area where he took up similar activities at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. Mr. Bachtell was a lifetime member of the Masonic Association, the Consistory Organization, and Zazig in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Bachtell was a volunteer for the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa for 20 years.

Mr. Bachtell is survived by cousins, Bill Hensen of Grundy Center, IA; Linda Robbins of Grandville, MI; Jane Ward of Lawrence, KS; Paul Hensen of Waterloo, IA; Holly Andersen of Guttenberg, IA; and dear friends, Peter Weirup and his wife Arleen Perez of Maquoketa, IA; Rhonda and her husband Rich Miller of Delmar, IA; Jeff and his wife Cynthia Weirup of Grand Mound, IA; Merle and his wife Lorie Weirup of Bettendorf, IA; and Arnie and his wife Denise Weirup of Fairfield, IA. Leland was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Bachtell would like to thank the medical staff, doctors, nurses, and therapy staff of UnityPoint Heath Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, and Hospice of Jackson County for their wonderful care.


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