Joseph James Dreiling, 58, Victoria, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at his home, south of Victoria.
He was born Jan. 23, 1958, in Hays to James E. and Charlene (Munk) Dreiling. He was a 1976 graduate of Russell High School and attended Victoria High School and Fort Hays State University.
He was an insurance agent for a few years and worked in construction for 20 years. He was a talented and gifted musician. He played piano, saxophone and accordion. He was a member of numerous bands including the Tony “Red” Pfeifer Polka Band, Madgic, Boogie Grass Fever, Stardust, Dusty Rose, the Wild Wild West Band, Sly-Ridge and was one of the original members of Jimmy Dee and the Fabulous Destinations for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the 2014 Kansas Hall of Fame in the Jimmy Dee Band.
He was a member of the Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria.
Survivors include two sisters, Donna Miller and husband, Ted, Emporia, and Linda Rogers and husband, Scot, Wichita; three nephews, Aaron Miller and wife, Carrie, Austin Miller and Jerad Rogers; and three nieces, Amy Hansen and husband, Brian, Hayley Rogers and Sophie Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Anne Marie Dreiling; and his grandparents, John P.A. and Pauline Dreiling, and Ted and Alexia Munk.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; inurnment in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the basilica.
A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to the Victoria High School band or Humane Society of the High Plains in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.