Vincent “Vince” Dreiling, 96, Hays, died Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society of Hays.
He was born July 27, 1921, in Victoria to Balthazar and Elizabeth (Graf) Dreiling.
He married Ellen Linenberger in 1946 in Victoria, and they celebrated nearly 70 years of marriage. She preceded him in death March 20, 2015. After the war, he married and held several positions for the City of Hays. He implemented the building codes and inspection program and held that position until his retirement. He also served as interim fire chief. With his wife, he built several commercial buildings and homes in which they lived. He served in the Civil Conservation Corps and Works Project of America programs, and then served in the South Pacific during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. During the war he received various awards. He enjoyed working with leather and owned Dreiling Shoe Repair for several years.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325. He put others needs ahead of his own and took his parent and grandparent roles seriously.
Survivors include four sons, James Dreiling and wife Paula, Anthony Dreiling and wife, Cindy, Dean Dreiling and Joseph Dreiling; four daughters, Firma Carrithers and husband, Jim, Diane Long and husband, Mike, Marlene Taxter and husband, Mike, and Geralyn Dreiling; nine grandchildren, Lori, Keri, Krista, Shawn, Kelley, Scott, Dawson, Levi, and Olivia; and six great-grandchildren; Treyton, Kirstan, Ashley, Michael, Brody, and Brooklyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Fred, Bill, Sylvester, Robert, and Francis; five sisters, Freda, Sarie, Caroline, Theresa, and Betty; and a granddaughter; Jami.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by Hays VFW Post No. 9076.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a Third Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. both at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Basilica of St. Fidelis in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.