Dean Edward Bechtel

November 06, 1937 ‒ January 29, 2015

Fredericktown, Ohio

Dean Edward Bechtel, age 77, of Taylor Street, Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his home. He was born on November 6, 1937 in Ankenytown, Ohio the son of Elmer and Mabel (Robinson) Bechtel. Dean was a 1955 graduate of Fredericktown High School where he served as co-captain of the 1954-1955 undefeated football team. Dean retired in 2000 after 42 years of employment as an accountant for Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield.

He was a member of the Fredericktown First Baptist Church where he served as treasurer for 42 years. Dean was very active and supportive with his children and grandchildren in their sporting activities. He served as treasurer and manager for the Fredericktown Little League and was a member of the Fredericktown Booster Club. Dean was an avid softball player and golfer, always looking forward to laughing and playing with friends in the Fredericktown golf league. Dean was a faithful fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and his beloved Fredericktown Freddies.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty (McFarland) Bechtel, whom he married on September 21, 1957, three sons, Jim (Amy) Bechtel of Upper Arlington, Tom (Becky) Bechtel of Bay Village, Scott (Jenny) Bechtel of Blacklick, seven grandchildren, Ben, Max, Hallie, Olivia, Lexie, Abby and Katie, a brother, Earl Bechtel of Worthington and a sister, Wilma Evans of Chicago, Illinois.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Bechtel and a sister, Doris Bechtel.

Friends may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Rev. Timothy Mohon will be officiating. Burial will follow in Owl Creek Cemetery in Ankenytown.

Memorial contributions in Dean’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fredericktown, Acclaim Hospice or the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital.

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  • So sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. Betty, you and your family are in our prayers. May our Lord grant each of you peace, comfort and the strength to see you through this difficult time. I met Dean while I was a barber at Andy Weller’s shop back in 1964 through 1968. We would see each other at different events over the next 37 years and got reunited again when I came to Snyders as a driver. Dean took me on my first trial run at the school in Centerburg for the funeral of a young man. God’s blessings at this time.

    • Dearest Betty and Family,

      What a good man that Dean Becthel; my first memories of Dean were watching him play ball for the Freddies. The Davis’s went to all the Freddie games- young and old alike.Being younger about 6 years younger than Dean, he was a someone I looked up to at the time. He turned out to be a special role model; married way over his head to a beautiful woman; a great father and an all around great person. Dean and Betty were great friends to my grandparents- Orley and Myrtle Davis who both dearly loved Dean and Betty. Dean’s life was too short, but he left his mark and made a difference; that is all anyone can do. We look forward to seeing Dean in heaven. Love and God Bless, >

  • Betty and family, you certainly are in our prayers. I do not have words to say what a wonderful man Dean was. Betty you have been a real saint and dedicated wife for all of the wonderful care you gave your precious husband. May God be with you.
    Dean & Linda Shira

  • Dear Betty and Family, You all have certainly fought the valiant fight. Dean can rest now, and is being reunited with Paul and all of his loved ones who have gone before him. We are sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. May it help to know that you have many friends who care and share in your loss. Sincerely, Susan (Nash) and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Words seem so inadequate at a time like this. But please know that the entire Bechtel Family is in our thoughts and prayers. Dean was the best! A great husband, father, grandfather, friend. He will be missed by many. His legacy will live on, however, in his sons and their families. Keep those wonderful memories alive!

    With our heartfelt sympathy,

    Dave and Jane Ridenour

  • One of my favorite people when I was in school. Also, one of the favorite families in Fredericktown. Loved his smile and wit. And, Betty, you have been a remarkable person throughout his health issues. Nothing we can say will help heal the wounds, but we pray that you will find peace and comfort in your beautiful memories with a beautiful person. Hugs and prayers to all the family. Love you soo much, Betty and Carmon Weller

  • Betty and family, I remember back when you both took walks in Fredericktown and we stopped and had visits. Many blessings and prayers at this time of

  • So sorry for your loss. Dean was a very special person.I will keep the Bechtel family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Betty & Family:
    He fought the good fight! My heart felt sorrow is with you all. May the great memories you have keep you feeling his love for you. What a loss to Fredericktown. He loved and supported the Freddies. He is at peace now, hoping the family will find comfort and peace that only the Lord can give. Prayers for all of you.

  • My condolences to the Bechtel family and friends. I worked with Dean at
    Them-O-Disc and will always remember him as a man that took his job
    very serious. We would look for .01 in a millon dollar deposit to make sure
    that all was posted correctly. He will be missed.

  • Dear Betty and Family
    So very sadden to hear of your loss. I only know to well all that you have been through but you would do it all again. Your loving care was remarkable. Many great memories we have shared over the years. My deepest sympathy to each of you. Much love Vivian Hill

  • Dear Betty, Jim, Tom, Scott, and your families,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Dean was a great man. We will surely miss him. My heart aches for you. It has been a long fight for Dean. He has been blessed to have all of you on his team. Hugs and prayers to you. Love, Christi and Tino

  • Dear Betty and Family –

    As a married couple, what an example you two were to others. I always admired the support that you two gave to Fredericktown sports/activities even though your sons had graduated. You’re in my thoughts and prayers! Sincerely Jan Mast

  • Dear Betty, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Just imagine what joy we will feel when we greet our loved ones again. Matthew 25:23 Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.
    Your family’s strength, love and endurance has inspired all of us.
    Love and God Bless, Nancy

  • I have lost a truly great friend , we worked & played together for forty years. Dean was a real Trooper fighting this dreaded disease . Betty & your wonderfull family are in our thoughts & prayers, may God Bless All Of You .

  • To the Bechtel family
    Sorry for your loss, your lost a Husband Dad Grandpa and the kids of Salem Ave. Taylor Street loss a person who looked out for us. Played a lot of ball in that yard and in turn keep us out of trouble. Dean is a good man. Finger prints never fade from the lives he touched and he touched many. God bless you all. Donny and Rannay

  • Betty, we are saddened by your loss. Dean was a very special person and will be missed by many of us. Our prayers are with you. God bless and comfort you and family during this time of sadness.

  • Betty and family, This is a bitter sweet situation and you all feel it. I feel your pain and stand with Jesus in your grief , and, know Jesus will meet each of them. We Praise God for we know Dean is continuing,” In God’s Presence”
    All the above is so true that each have written and not only Dean and you,Betty were good roll models in every way but you boys have equally as while. And supported your Mother and Father thru it all. We all will miss him but I thank God he has given us memories and we each have different ones to cherish forever. U R Blessed by Our God, Love and hugs, Neal and Jean

  • Dear Betty and Family, Dean was a good man and we send our love and Prayers for you all. May the God of all comfort and salvation be very close to you now and the days ahead.

  • Our condolences to the Bechtel family. Dean was truly one of the nicest men We have ever met. God Bless you all during this time.
    Cory and Danielle Blust

  • Betty & family ,
    I had the great pleasure to have taken care of Dean .He was an amazing man & will truly be missed.My prayers & love go out to you and your family

  • Thinking of you all at this time of sorrow. Praying for your peace knowing Dean has conquered his battle and can rest in the loving arms of Our Lord. I know he is joining those who passed before with his wonderful smile.

  • Dear Betty and family, Just heard of Dean’s passing and wanted you to know how saddened we are. He was indeed one of the nicest persons I ever knew. I remember when we were in school even though I was only in the 7th grade when Dean was a senior he always had time to say ” Hello” to such a small boy that looked up to him. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Please accept our condolences.
    Earnie and Bert Frazier, Houston, Texas

  • Dear Betty and Scott,

    I have many fond memories of times shared at ballgames and watching you walk the streets of Fredericktown. My fondest memory is one I hold dear. It was the day of Joe’s funeral. Ben had gone ahead to the church alone and when I walked in, there was Dean standing in front of him helping him tie his tie–just like Joe would have done for him. That’s just one example of his kind character.

    I pray that you experience God’s graciousness and comfort as you begin this unfamiliar journey until you see Dean once more. May love be what you remember most!

  • Jim,Scott,Betty,& Tom so sorry for your loss. Remember all of our times with ball and how Dean enjoyed it all. He will be remembered by me for his support and his generosity.

  • Betty, Jim, Tom, Scott and family members. Our hearts are in prayer for you as you travel the path of “saying so long for now” to Dean. We have fond memories of him playing church softball with Rich, playing with Eddy at church, and will never forget the nickname “Snapper” that Eddy gave Dean. The joy we all had in knowing Dean will be in our hearts forever. May the Lord keep you in his arms and give you peace and understanding.
    With hugs and love, Rich, Janet, Eddy & Julia Hiles

  • Betty, so sorry for your loss. I know you and Dean had a wonderful marriage and you will have many great memories from which to draw strength and courage. I’m sure family and friends will be there for you.

  • Our deepest sympathy on Dean’s passing. I worked with Dean at Therm-O-Disc for many years. He was a great person and will be missed.

  • “Mr. Bechtel” to me, I remember the community’s respect he earned by being generous of spirit, a winning smile, giving his time to care for others and his devotion to family. Condolences to Mrs. Bechtel and the entire family.

  • Sorry for your loss!! I can’t think of two nicer people than Betty and Dean!! You and your family are in my prayers! Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

  • Just learned of Dean’s passing. Deepest sympathies to the Bechtel family. Betty, you were an absolute saint in caring for Dean these past few years. Rest in peace, Teammate! Gary & Pam Rine

  • So sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. Betty, at this very difficult time, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. God and friends will comfort you as
    you prepare to say “goodbye for now” knowing you will meet again. You are in my prayers. Faith will carry you through.

  • Betty and family, Again, we lost another one of our Class of 1955. I enjoyed my visits with you folks when I got to Fredericktown. Our class always had a great appreciation for each member. Of course you will have some lonely days, but fill those times with all the great times you have had. God Bless each of you is our prayer. Charlotte and Hubert.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. It started me thinking of all the good times we had on husbands night at Mothers Cllub get-to-gathers. I’m happy to have you both as friends for several years. God Bless! Love, Bonnie and Duke

  • Betty and family , my heart goes out to you during this difficult time . Dean was such a great man , that I am sure you all know . Taylor St. has lost someone very special to a lot of people in Fredericktown . Betty you were truly an amazing wife that was always there for him during this illness . May all the good memories and your faith help you through this time . My prayers are with you all . God Bless Jona Grubaugh

  • Dear Betchel Family, I am sorry for the lost of your dear loved one, God has other plans for him. Dean was my Supervisor at Therm-O-Disc . He was a very kind man and I am a better person for have known him. God will bless and keep you at this difficult time.

  • Dear Betty and Family,

    My sincerest sympathy to you all. Keeping you all in my prayers during this time of struggle.


  • Betty, I was so sorry to hear of Dean’s death. I am sure that you and Dean made many memories over the years, and you can use these to sustain you during the months to come.

    Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  • Betty:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. For so many years I have admired the love you and Dean have shared, that love we all search for. Find Peace in knowing you have touched so many lives with that love. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Debbie

  • Betty, I am so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. What a great man he was and you are such a wonderful person. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

    Judy Hines.

  • Betty, I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of Dean. He was such a gem for the community, and all who knew the two of you over the years. I know he will be sorely missed by many, and not the least by you. My thoughts are with you.

  • Betty and boys, sorry for your loss. Dean was such a wonderful family man, Christian gentelman and one of the all time faithful Freddie fan. His Buckeyes made us all proud. I will miss talking sports with Dean. You are all in our prayers.

  • Our condolences to you and your family. May the Lord provide strength and comfort during this difficult time. ~ Audrey Taylor and Joyce Homolka/Cohen & Company Mailroom Staff

  • Dear Betty, you are certainly what the marriage vows meant. For better or worse, in sickness and in health. I admire you so much. So sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Aunt Betty and family,

    I have nothing but fond memories of my childhood with you all and Uncle Dean. He was like a big kid, a big brother, always playful and fun to be around. He was the one who coined me with the nickname (“Sausage”)! I still wince today when someone calls be Bob Evans instead of Rob! He had me on my knees for years with his vice-grip handshake! I don’t think it was until I was in my 30’s when I could pay him back! I was always awestruck by his fancy moves on the basketball court playing P-I-G or H-O-R-S-E! Got me every time!

    I know he was well respected at Therm-O-Disc, in the community or Fredericton, and on the golf course! He was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle (except when he teased my mom Wilma his sister with a live mouse!)!

    I’m sorry he had to struggle as long as he did – it must have been incredibly hard for all of you. Uncle Earl told me he still had that twinkle in his eye up to the last day. We all lost a very special man.

    Please know, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Rob (not Bob!) Evans

  • Bechtel Family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Bechtel’s passing this past week. My memories of Dean will always be centered around our days at Otterbein and the fun we all used to have. I will never forget Betty and Dean’s first trip to the Rat House following a football game. That is a priceless memory that will live on forever. I was glad that Dean could see his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes win the BIG game in his honor again this year. That win was for you Dean! Thanks to Scott and the entire family for your great friendship. Words will never heal the pain you feel now. Mr. Bechtel’s commitment to his family and the ones he loved should bring comfort to you in this difficult time. Dean will be greatly missed.

    Our sincerest condolences to Betty and the entire Bechtel family. Celebrate the life of Dean Bechtel.

    Michael, Karen, Avery, and Lily Betz

  • Betty and family in so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  • Betty, Scott & Family –

    We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Bechtel’s passing. He was a great guy and an avid supporter of Freddie Football. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Much love,

    Kent, Heather & Peyton Sites
    Ellicott City, Md.

  • I am so saddened by Dean’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you Betty and Dean’s entire family. My career in accounting started at TOD and working with Dean. He was a wonderful mentor and there was never such thing as something out of balance! A kinder, gentler, and more personable man I have never met.

    God’s speed.
    Gary McKean

  • We want to extend our sympathy to the Bechtel family. We remember Dean as a kind and supportive dad who would take Scott, Matt and the other boys under his wing. We will remember all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom and Susan Hayes

  • Betty, Jim, Tom, Scott and family,

    Our prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I have fond memories from Salem Ave and Taylor Street. Dean ( and you as well Betty)was always so kind and caring for those around you. We pray for comfort and peace knowing Dean is with our Lord.

    Our prayers and love,
    Fred & Joanne Burden

  • Betty and family, Walt and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy. Dean has been a great pillar in the Fredericktown community and will be deeply missed. May God bless your family through this sorrowful time. Walt & Robin

  • Dear Betty & family,
    My heart is heavy hearing the news of your loss. I am happy for Dean that He can rest with his Lord. I am sad for you and the family for the void he will leave. My prayer for you is comfort for today and strength for tomorrow. Hugs to you and your family. Dean was a wonderful man. He will really be missed.
    Love, Deb

  • Jim –

    I am so sorry for you and your family with the loss of your dad. I know how hard it is to lose your father, and yours was always such a kind man. Your parents were so sweet to everyone when we were in school, and I loved running into them on the bike path – they seemed so happy together. My thoughts have been with you since I saw your father’s obituary. Please give your mom my condolences.

    Kim Stephen Giles

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your family.

  • Betty and Family,
    It is hard to say good-bye to someone you loved and cared for after many years. The memories you shared will always be a part of you. Take comfort in knowing you were their every step of the way.
    I will always remember watching and cheering Dean and his teammates on. What a good time and place to grow-up and be a special Freddie.
    May God bless you and your family.
    Love Nancy

  • Betty and Family:

    I am sadden to hear of Dean’s passing. He was a good friend, great team mate, and always a Fredericktown Freddie. I have great memories of Dean at both Fredericktown and Muskingum. He will be missed.

    Deepest Sympathy
    Bill Frazier

  • Betty and family ,our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Dean . you are in our thoughts and prayers

  • Betty and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God bless you all.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. He was a wonderful person and will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Laura Spencer

  • Dearest Betty and Family,

    What a great person that Dean was. My first memories of Dean was watching him play ball for the Freddies. He was a very good player and I looked up to him at the time. I was 6 years younger and he was one of my role models; and what a good role model he turned out to be. He married way over his head to a beautiful woman; stayed faithful; raised a nice family and was a good community man. Dean and Betty were great friends to my grandparents- Oley and Myrtle Davis, who were next door neighbors. My grandparents really loved Dean and Betty, who were so good to them right up to the last. Dean has passed way too soon, but he left his mark and made a difference. That is all any of us can hope to do.

    Love and God Bless,

  • Dear Betty, you and Dean’s walk with the Lord over the years has been shining example of love and devotion and trusting in God as your Lord and sustainer. I pray now for the comfort. Praising the Lord for this healing. May the Lord give you renewed strength and joyful heart.

  • Betty, my sympathy to you and your family. You and Dean and been dear friend to our family for decades. What a delight it was to reconnect with Dean on a regular basis after his retirement. I will remember him as a classic gentleman…and good friend. Our Love and Blessings. Todd and Linda Snyder.

  • Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts….So sorry to read of Dean’s passing. I have many fond memories of the Bechtel family.

  • Caring thoughts and prayers in your loss, Betty. Many wonderful memories to recall. Our daughter Sherrye worked with Dean at Therma Disc. Juanita Pipes