C. Duane Bechtle
December 2, 1935  -  October 31, 2018

C. Duane Bechtle

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Webb & Rodrick Chapel
306 W. Main
Independence, KS  67301
Sunday, November 4, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
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Funeral Services
Webb & Rodrick Chapel
306 W. Main
Independence, KS  67301
Monday, November 5, 2018
10:30 a.m.
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Mount Hope Cemetery
Independence, KS  67301

Independence Church of God
202 S. 10th Street
Independence, KS  67301


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Chester Duane Bechtle, age 82, of Independence, Kansas passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Medicalodges of Independence, Kansas. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2018 at Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory with burial to follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas with Military Honors provided by the United States Army. The family will greet visitors on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to The Independence Church of God and may be left with the chapel.
Duane was born December 2, 1935 in Ottawa, Kansas to Chester Nathan and Gertrude Alvena (Wendorff) Bechtle. On August 5th, 1956 he married Betty Ann Cannady in Ottawa, Kansas.
Duane served in the United States Army from 1957-1963. Duane and his wife Betty were foster parents for over 40 children over the years. Duane is a Christian and a member of Independence Church of God
Duane graduated from Ottawa University and then Pittsburg State University with a master’s in music
Mr. Bechtle served as a music Director for Pleasanton, Kansas High School. Then at Independence, Kansas High School from 1963 until he retired in 1996. Duane was an avid Jayhawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan. He enjoyed watching sports and was a member of the Kiwanis Club for many years. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Duane was preceded in death by his Parents, wife, and one sister Harriett Bechtle. Those left to treasure his memory include six children, Cindy ( Tony) Nix, Wichita, Kansas, Greg ( Ruth) Bechtle, Michelle ( Tony) Melton, and Cathy Bechtle, all of Independence, Kansas, Jeff Bechtle, Chanute, Kansas Shelly ( Mark) Wilson, Cherryvale, Kansas 17 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, one brother David ( Audrey) Bechtle, Lone Jack, Missouri, one brother in law Richard ( Mary) Cannady, Glenrock Wyoming. To leave a special message for the family please visit www.webbrodrickfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.

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  1. Richard and Mary Cannady
    Glenrock, WY

    Dear Family We are so sorry not to be with you today. We will miss Duane but he is with Betty now. Each life is a miracle that changes the world and leaves it a better place than is was before. Love to you all!!

  2. Stephanie Rexwinkle
    Edmond, OK

    Mr Bechtle was a wonderful Christian man. I have many fond memories of him from church. He was always there to listen and be supportive, always had a kind word. May God give his family and friends strength during this difficult time.

  3. Jack W Allen
    Sulphur, LA

    This goes way back. In high school I thought a lot of Duane, being from a farm I knew no one at school and he immediately became my good friend. We both sang in the glee club and church choir. I can remember him as a newspaper carrier, ticket taker at the Plaza Theater where Betty was also working, I can remember the first date they went on. He used to mention maybe becoming a minister when going to college. Of course the tuba he always played. We would set and talk after getting off work at the theater late in the night. We lost track of each other for quite a while then started corresponding again. Duane was thoroughly a Christian and some day will be together again.

  4. Jack W Allen
    Sulphur, LA

    This goes way back. In high school I thought a lot of Duane, being from a farm I knew no one at school and he immediately became my good friend. We both sang in the glee club and church choir. I can remember him as a newspaper carrier, ticket taker at the Plaza Theater where Betty was also working, I can remember the first date they went on. He used to mention maybe becoming a minister when going to college. Of course the tuba he always played. We would set and talk after getting off work at the theater late in the night. We lost track of each other for quite a while then started corresponding again. Duane was thoroughly a Christian and some day will be together again.

  5. Vicki Christensen
    MONETT, MO

    Sincere condolences to Mr. Bechtles family. He was my band & choir teacher at Pleasanton, Ks. I learned a lot from him, probably because he had more confidence in me than I had in myself. He helped me grow as a musician & as an individual. He thought I should be a music teacher & would sometimes let me conduct. I'm very proud to have known him. I'm grateful for not only his service to our country but also too the little community of Pleasanton, Kansas.
    Rest in peace Mr. Bechtle. You have touched many lives & your rewards in heaven will be well deserved.

  6. Waneta Cox
    Independence, KS

    Mr. Bechtle was my music teacher in Pleasanton, Kansas & was loved by all his students. Imagine my happiness when I started by teaching career in Independence & discovered I was teaching in the same district as my former music teacher. Best part, he also remembered me. He was a blessing & I’m so glad to have known this kind hearted man. Sing on, Mr. Bechtle.

  7. wanda howell
    henryetta, OK

    Duane and Betty Bechtle; their family and our families goes a LONG way back. However our Futures are going to be FOREVER TOGETHER with ALL our loved ones who are saved by the blood of Jesus.. What an honor to be your pastors many yrs ago; and your friendship even now. Wonder if we can make pizza in heaven; oh well we probably won't care. If John was not ill, we would NEVER miss being at your homegoing; but you know we love you and that's what matters. One of the songs you loved to lead our church family was 'When the redeemed are gathering in'-boy we could sing and play, huh. See you SOON brother.

  8. Philip Newkirk
    Neodesha, KS

    Music brings me great joy and meaning in my life, and Mr. Bechtle was such an important part of teaching it to me! I continue to play tuba to this day, he gave me my first private brass lessons. I'm taking my kids to their first symphony concert this spring, it's Peter and the Wolf. I have vivid memories of acting out the duck and hunters and wolf and Peter in his music class at Washington elementary. He was such a sweet and caring soul, and brought joy into his teaching! I love you Mr. Bechtle!

  9. David and Delia Smart
    Olathe, KS

    He believed in us all
    Thanks again
    Thanks again

  10. Michael Howell
    Bonner Springs, KS

    Duane Bechtle was so much more. He was a man who believed in a little boy who wanted to get involved with music. He nurtured my desire to play trumpet, as well as drums. He taught me so much more than this. He opened my eyes to his parents can love more than just their own children. He walked side by side with my parents as they too opened their homes to many children. He helped the ministry of the Church of God grow through music, as well as his love for Christ. He always seemed so much bigger than life itself! Whether it was making pizza at our regular Friday night pizza parties, or simply sharing a meal with our family at Roaring River, he always knew how to laugh.

    I know my parents count our times with you as priceless. They couldn’t have found a better friend than Duane Bechtle! I love you Duane. I’m so sad to see you leave this world, but so happy you’re with Jesus! I look forward to meeting you one day in glory, we will have all of eternity to learn new songs!

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