William S. 'Bill' Dreiling
Published on -2/16/2013, 10:10 AM
William S. "Bill" Dreiling, 88, Hays, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Victoria to Balthasar and Elizabeth (Graf) Dreiling.
He married Valeria Jacobs in 1948. She preceded him in death in 1949. He later married Mildred (Zimmerman) Fross on Feb. 17, 1954, in Hays. They would have been married 59 years Sunday. He was a barber for nearly 60 years in both the Dreiling Barber Shop and later the Centennial Barber Shop. He was a USPS rural mail carrier for nearly 20 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church; the Knights of Columbus Third Degree Council No. 1325, of which he was a past Grand Knight; the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, of which he was a past Faithful Navigator; and the Hays American Legion, of which he was a past Post Commander.
He enjoyed woodworking, volunteering with the Hays Senior Center, playing cards and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; three sons, Julian Dreiling and wife, Sheila, Lincoln, Neb., Larry Dreiling and wife, Tammy, Evans, Ga., and David Dreiling and wife, Amy, Colwich; three brothers, Fridolin "Fritz" Dreiling and wife, Edna, and Francis Dreiling, all of Victoria, and Vince Dreiling and wife, Ellen, Hays; two sisters, Mary Theresa "Theresa" Brungardt and husband, Eddie, Walker, and Elizabeth "Betty" Schmidt and husband, Vernon, Hays; his sister-in-law, Delores "Dee" Dreiling, Hays; his daughter-in-law, Leanna Fross, Hays; 12 grandchildren, Brandon Dreiling and wife Crystal, Brent Dreiling, Brady Dreiling and wife Martha, Bryce Dreiling and wife Tricia, Joshua Dreiling, Kenton Dreiling and wife Lindsey, Phillip Dreiling, Kevin Fross and wife Laura, Dustin Fross, Amiee Dreiling, Danielle Marsh and husband R.C., and Jerree Fross; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gerald Fross; two brothers, Sylvester and Robert Dreiling; three sisters, Seraphina "Sarah" Davis, Alfreda "Freda" Grabbe, and Caroline Rita Schmidt.
Services were Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the Hays American Legion.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or to Hays Good Samaritan Society, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.