- Fairbury News staff
Roger Carl Bachtold, 82, Fairbury, died at 4:02 am Monday, February 21, 2022 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
His funeral will be at 11:00 am Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Living Word Church, Roberts with Pastor Douglas Lee officiating. Burial will be in the South Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Fairbury with full military rites accorded by the Fairbury VFW and American Legion posts.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, February 25, 2022 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 10:00 to 10:45 am Saturday at the church. The family suggests memorials be directed to Be Missional Inc., 20810 South Barker Road, Springhill, KS 66083.
Mr. Bachtold was born April 2, 1939 in Forrest, IL the son of Carl S. and Dorothy L. Ramseyer Bachtold. He married Shirlene McCarter on September 23, 1962 in Purvis, MS. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2021.
Survivors include their children, Dorothy (Dennis) Goodman, Sabetha, KS; Lorraine (Joseph) Bider, North Richland Hills, TX; Sarah Bachtold, Fairbury; Roger (Debbie) Bachtold, Fairbury; Jon (Melinda) Bachtold, Foley, AL; Joseph (Cathy) Bachtold, Fairbury; Mathew (Jill) Bachtold, Springhill, KS; twenty grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; five brothers and sisters, Miriam (Ben) Metz, Francesville, IN; Herbert (Jan) Bachtold; Roberta (Wayne) Broquard; Gloria (Wayne) Drayer, all of Fairbury; Sam (Betty) Bachtold, Roscoe, IL.
Roger was a 1957 graduate of Forest-Strawn-Wing High School. He served in the United States Airforce from 1961 to 1965. After his discharge, Roger returned to Fairbury to eventually take over Huette Cabinets. He then moved to Purvis, MS, and started his first auto parts business. In 1977 he brought his family back to Fairbury and started Fairbury Auto Parts. In the following years, Roger started Colfax Auto Parts, and eventually opened a few Radio Shack stores in Fairbury and neighboring towns.
He loved dealing with the public and interacting with his customers. He never knew a stranger and always had a humorous quip to share. He had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and walked out his faith in his everyday life. He was a member of Living Word Church, Roberts, and served in various capacities throughout the years. He worked hard, loved the Lord and his family. He will be greatly missed.