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Wilmer 'Wimp' Dreiling

Published on -6/3/2014, 8:42 AM

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Wilmer “Wimp” Dreiling, 86, Ellis, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

He was born June 1, 1927, in Severin to Edmond and Elizabeth (Rupp) Dreiling.

He married Donna (Ellis) Mickelson on May 8, 2004, in Ellis. He was a tool pusher for several oilfield companies, retiring from Abercrombie Oil Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, where he received the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal-Japan.

He was a member of Ellis Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as commander and district commander; Hays American Legion, St. Mary Church, Ellis; Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth degrees; and American Society of Germans from Russia.

Survivors include his wife, Ellis; a son, John Dreiling, Wichita; three stepsons, Fred Mickelson and wife, Becky, Greg Mickelson and Bob Mickelson and wife, Margie, all of Ellis; two stepdaughters, Mickie Dechant and husband, Marvin, WaKeeney, and Billie Shippy and husband, Cannon, Brighton, Colo.; a brother, Bob Dreiling and wife, Sandy, Aladdin, Wyo.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Norma Jean Steckline and Mary Moore.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church; burial in the church cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

There will be an Ellis Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a vigil, both at the church.
Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Church, Ellis VFW or Ellis Knights of Columbus in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.
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