Dean William Mechtley
July 9, 1944  -  March 25, 2018

Dean William Mechtley

Christian Community Church
203 Wyandotte St
Longton, KS  67352
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6 to 7pm
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Graveside Service
Elk Falls Cemetery
Greenwood Street
Elk Falls, KS  67345
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
11:00 am
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Elk Falls Cemetery
Greenwood Street
Elk Falls, KS  67345
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Dean William Mechtley age 73 of Elk Falls passed away on March 25, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Dean was born on July 9, 1944 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Emporia to William and Esther (Grimmett) Mechtley. He attended local schools and would sometimes skip school and sneak away to the livestock sales at the sale barn. One time buying a goat and surprising his mother with his purchase, he would eventually trade the goat at the sale barn for a mule, after realizing the goat milk business was tough. Dean went on to graduate from Emporia High School. After graduation he worked various jobs including, department manager for Montgomery Wards, service manager at John North Ford, service manager at Crow Murray Ford in Burlington, Santa Fe Trucking, Professional Saddle Bronc Rider winning a title, and his proudest business achievement was his paint horse and cattle ranch. He sold to the movie companies the black and white paint horse used by Little Jo Cartwright on Bonanza and the backup buckskin for Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke. Dean was also the recliner coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, they would have had many Super Bowl titles if they would have just listened to him. Dean met Ginny Edwards in Emporia and the couple was united in marriage on April 5, 1987. The couple made their home in Elk Falls where they briefly owned and operated the Circle N Diner later transforming the diner into their home and ranch where he continued breeding paint horses and custom grazing cattle for over 28 years. Dean enjoyed working outdoors, camping, training horses, and watching westerns, above all spending time with his granddaughters, they were his pride and joy. Over the years Dean had employed almost every niece and nephew at the ranch, painting fence, building fence, feeding cattle, or painting a barn.

Dean's memories will live on with his wife Ginny of the home, sons, Robert Traw (Tammy) and Doug Traw (Susan), daughter Jane Neill, granddaughters Brandy Lowrance (Asa) and Emily Traw, brother, Ken Metchley (Marsha), 34 nieces and nephews, 83 great-nieces and nephews and 25 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Elk Falls Cemetery at 11:00am. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Christian Community Church in Longton from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit


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  1. Joyce and Norman Nichols
    Haysville, KS

    Ginny , I am so sorry. I always enjoyed visiting with Dean. We'll talk soon.

  2. Stan & Joyce Rumbaugh
    Moline Dear, KS

    Dear Ginny & family, We are saddened by the loss of Dean. I can only imagine how it would be to lose your partner. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Cathy Mitchell
    Valley Center, CA

    We are so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss Him deeply.

  4. Delbert and Janet Lampson
    Grenola, KS

    We were very sorry to read about Dean's death. Our sincere wishes for comfort and peace for your family.

  5. Larry & Pam Mechtley

    Sorry for your loss, and really wish I could be there. Prayers to all.

  6. Andrea
    Sedan, KS

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for you. My prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Bennie and Marie Holtsclaw
    Cedar Point, KS

    Words just cannot express the heartbreak that we felt when learning about Dean's death. Our prayer is that Almighty God will place his comforting arms around Ginny and the rest of Dean's family. We love you all.

  8. Jeanette Spilman/Pat Crowell
    Longton, KS

    Dear Ginny.......we are so sorry to hear of your loss....if there is ever anything you need, please let us know..may the Good Lord wrap His arms of peace and love around you at this troubling time.

  9. Patrice Thomas
    Sedan, KS

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

  10. Sue Usry
    Sedan, KS

    Ginny, Dean will be missed by many people. Hugs to you.

  11. L. Ross
    , OK

    I am so sorry for you loss Ginney.
    I thought the world of Dean.
    I am proud to have called him friend.
    Dean was/is the best I had the privilege to know in Elk County.

  12. Jenny Keeley
    Edgewater, FL

    Ginny, I was so saddened to read about Dean. Sending love and big hugs to you and your family during this awful time.

  13. Calvin Hawkins
    Wichita, KS

    RIP Dean. We went to school together at Maynard Elementary School, Lowther Jr. High and Emporia High School.

  14. crystal white
    , KS

    Sorry for your loss. prayer...

  15. Jennifer Walker
    Longton, KS

    Our sincerest condolences to Ginny and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Judy Fuller
    Fredonia, KS

    Love you Ginny..God bless you and your family with His peace and love always..

  17. Marilyn, Donnie Simpson and family
    Peru, KS

    Thinking of you and your family at this time. Prays for comfort during this time.

  18. Carol Smith
    Topeka, KS

    Ginny, I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am. Went to school with Dean and he was a great guy.

  19. Peggy Hodges

    Sending prayers to all

  20. Rick and Jacalyn Cook
    Owasso, OK

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  21. Rick and Jacalyn Cook
    Owasso, OK

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  22. Thad Triboulet
    Moline, KS

    Will Miss seeing you around. RIP

  23. kathie newman
    moline, KS

    Prayers for you and yours. Sorry for your loss.

  24. Judy Harder
    Longton, KS

    My condolences to you all. What a very nice man was Dean. I enjoyed the visits at the café with him. Also when we were in a Saddle Club once upon a day in Elk Falls. RIP Dean. God be with your family as they cope with your loss.

  25. Kenny and Sherile Folk
    Longton, KS

    Our deepest sympathy. Dean will be sorely missed! A quiet man of few words, highly respected, and loved by many.

  26. james davis
    elk city, KS

    sorry for your loss

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