HOISINGTON — Gary R. Dreiling, 63, died Friday, March 28, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born March 21, 1951, at Great Bend, Kansas the son of Rudolph and Anna (Birzer) Dreiling.
Gary, a lifelong area resident, graduated from Odin High School. Upon graduating high school, he was employed by Kansas Brick and Tile for several years. He was employed by Essex for the past 30 years and also helped out on the family farm during his spare time. On Jan. 26, 1974, he married Sharon Reif at Odin.
Mr. Dreiling was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington, and Knights of Columbus in Odin. He enjoyed woodworking, making birdhouses, tinkering with things, and riding his golf cart.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; his mother, of Odin; four daughters, Shelli Dreiling and her significant other, Ron VanNess of Hoisington, Rebecca Johnson and husband Timothy of Salina, Tracie Rubio and husband Richard of Hoisington, and Kimberlie Demel of Hoisington; three brothers, Ronnie Dreiling and wife Carol of Basehor, Kenny Dreiling and wife Juanita of Great Bend, and Dennis Dreiling and wife Jane of Claflin; seven sisters, Ann Ellis of Rozel, Judy Jenisch and husband Jerry of Great Bend, Linda Regnier and husband Chuck of Belton, Mo., Connie French and husband Pat of LaPort, Ind., Sharon Armbrister and husband Clarence of Bel Aire, Shirley Sanders and husband Keith of Turpin, Okla., and Cindy Strube and husband Kevin of Hays; 12 grandchildren, Colby VanNess, Kyler Dreiling, Kinley VanNess, Zoie Johnson, Zylie Johnson, Zurie Johnson, Alexis Rubio, Zachary Rubio, Nicolas Rubio, Alaina Rubio, Kole Dove and Gage Demel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and granddaughter, Victoria Dreiling.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington with Father Anselm Eke as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. John Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., with a vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary beginning at 7 p.m., at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to Kans for Kids or St. John Catholic Cemetery fund in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
PO Box 146; 415 N. Main
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 30, 2014