GORHAM — Alex D. Dreher, 90, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital.
Born Dec. 26, 1924, near Hyacinth, he was the son of Alexander and Rosa (Befort) Dreher.
On Nov. 19, 1945, he married Anna B. (Graf), in Hyacinth. She died Sept. 5, 2013. After they married, they lived north of Hays before moving to the Bemis Ranch on the Saline River where Alex worked. That’s where he experienced his first plane ride checking cattle. They moved to Hays for a short time later before moving to Gorham where they resided from 1953 to 2014. Alex then moved to Vintage Place, an assisted living facility in Russell, to spend the remaining years of his life.
He worked for Julian Oil and Royalty when he began his career in the oil fields. This company became Jones-Shelburne-Farmer, and then John O. Farmer, Inc. Alex retired in 1987 after working 34 years for the Farmer family.
After retirement, he began woodworking projects in his shop. He drew plans and built 25 Grandfather’s clocks, also roll-top desks, chairs, tables, headboards, bookcases and many other types of clocks. Alex was known for his unconditional love, which was reflected in his “Heart clocks,” being one of his favorite projects. He enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mr. Dreher was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus both of Gorham.
Survivors include three sons, Dean Dreher and wife, Agnes, Amarillo, Texas; Dale Dreher and wife, Carolyn, Wichita Falls, Texas; and Val Dreher and wife, Melissa, Russell; three daughters, Diane Dinkel and husband, Ron, Victoria; Laura Boxberger and husband Tim, Great Bend; Wanda Hanzlicek, and husband Todd, Wilson; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Don Dreher; one daughter, Cindy Soukup; four great-grandchildren, Shelbie Alvis, Dakota, Hunter and Landon Marek; three brothers, Philip, Isadore and Joe Dreher; and four sisters, Isabella Honas, Louise Krajewski, Marty Schmidtberger, and Berty Urban.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gorham. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Gorham.
A Gorham Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m. both at Cline’s Mortuary in Victoria. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church in Gorham.
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund in Gorham. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Funeral arrangements provided by
Cline’s Mortuary of Hays & Victoria**
P.O. Box 252
Hays, KS 67601-0252
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 19, 2015