Dean Lee Meitler passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kansas at the age of 58. One of fifteen siblings, he was born April 11, 1956 in Lincoln, Kansas to Clarence “Jack” and Bonnie (Zachgo) Meitler.
Dean graduated from Sylvan Grove High School with the Class of 1974. From there he went straight to work in the oilfield. On November 5, 1977 he was united in marriage to Sherry Lynn Axelson. They were blessed with four daughters, Bobbi, Jaime, Randi, and Charlie.
A “Jack-of-all-trades” Dean could fix anything with duct tape or Super Glue, and of course when it came to home remodeling, all he needed was a chain saw. But along with work, Dean knew how to have fun and enjoy life. From fishing to dancing and everything in between, he loved being with the people he loved the most, both friends and family. In fact, there wasn’t a wedding they attended that he and Sherry weren’t the Official Wedding March Leaders.
Dean was a man with a huge heart. He loved his family, his friends, and his prize boxer Big Guy. He loved every minute he could spend with them, especially his grandchildren, at home or on “The Ranch.”
Survivors include his wife Sherry Meitler of the home; daughters Bobbi Hosier and husband Shaun, Jaime Gosselin and husband Preston, Randi Plante and husband Quintin, and Charlie Meitler, all of Plainville; brothers Dick Meitler of Great Bend, Daryl Meitler of Plainville, Chuck Meitler of Lockhart, TX, Donald Meitler of Wichita, and Danny Meitler of Plainville; sisters Judy Werner of Plainville, Linda Glisson of Stockton, Vicki Wiles of Ellsworth, Debbie Iwig of Tecuseh, Kathy Ashbaugh of Salina, twin DeAnn Meitler of Sylvan Grove, and Cindy Miller of Ellsworth; mother-in-law Lois Axelson of Plainville; and seven grandchildren, Branson, Briley, and Braden Gosselin, Jayde, Keylee, and Hunter Hosier, and Ellie Jo Plante.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Bonnie and Meitler, sisters Alice Oller and Carolyn Gehring, and father-in-law Robert Axelson.
Dean was a fun-loving hard-working man who lived life to the fullest and taught us how to love one another and take care of our family and friends. Although he will be greatly missed, he will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew him best.
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