Joseph Edward Bechard

Joseph Edward Bechard of Waukesha passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at age 82.

He was the loving husband of 30-plus years to Susan Loomis Bechard; devoted father of Joe (Sonya) Bechard, Kathy (Doug) Maki, David (Maria) Bechard, Michelle (Trey) Rogers, Lisa (Dana) Blake and John (Lori) Bechard; and loving grandpa of Brad Bechard, Gabi Bechard, Monique Bechard, Steve Maki, Scott Maki, Ellie Maki, Rachel Bechard, David Bechard, John Bechard, Danielle Bechard, Rebecca Rogers, Miranda Rogers, Evan Rogers, Lily Blake, Sam Blake, Ashley Bechard, Zach Bechard and great-granddaughter Madelyn Maki.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts and Ph.D. at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and his masterís degree at Wayne State in Detroit. Joseph was a principal, football coach and teacher in Troy, Mich., from 1950 to 1968. He was assistant superintendent at Okemos, Mich., from 1970 to 1972; at Urbana, Ill., from 1972 to 1974; and in Waukesha from 1974 to 1984. He was chief operations officer for programs at St. Aemilian-Lakeside Residential Treatment Center Milwaukee from 1985 to 1993. He worked as a consultant for Wisconsin Athletic Club in southeastern Wisconsin from 2002 to 2006. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Carroll University, St. Francis College of Nursing, the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and MSU.

Joe wrote two educational books, entitled "Flexible Scheduling" and "Process of Small Groups."

Joe was an educational innovator and teacher. He was a baseball player at MSU, with the London Majors, and with the U.S. Army. He was a mountain climber, biker, golfer, racquetball player (state, regional and national levels). He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in London, Ontario, Canada, and served in the U.S. Army for two years.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin, with a memorial service at 2 p.m.

Memorials appreciated to St. Aemilian-Lakeside, 8901 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53222-1798.

Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 782-8009.