Obituary-February 17, 2013

Fridolin B. “Fritz” Dreiling

Victoria, Kansas – Fridolin B. ‘Fritz” Dreiling age 93, died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Hays Good Samaritan Center.

He was born November 27, 1919, in Victoria, KS, to Balthasar P. and Elizabeth (Graf) Dreiling.
He married Edna (Schulte) on June 2, 1947, in Victoria, KS.
He was a U.S. Army veteran during WWII and served with the Military Police Platoon, 71st Infantry Division. He worked for Gagelman Motor Company in Hays, KS, for 10 years and worked 21 years for the City of Victoria. He retired in 1984, as an Water Superintendent for the City of Victoria.

He was a former member of the Victoria Fire Dept., past board member of the Victoria Housing Board and Victoria Township Board. He was a grave sexton for the St. Fidelis Cemetery for a number of years. He was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the Victoria V.F.W. Post No. 1751, a past commander and past club room manager.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Dreiling, of the home; three sons, Rene Dreiling and wife, Marilyn “Mimi”, Papillion, NE; Joel Dreiling and wife, Melinda, Hays, KS; John Dreiling, Tulsa, OK; two daughters, Rose Rifford, Hays, KS; Mary Jones and husband, Carroll, Lexington, KY; two brothers, Vince Dreiling and wife, Ellen, Hays, KS; Francis P. Dreiling, Victoria, KS; two sisters, Theresa Brungardt and husband, Edwin “Eddie”, Walker, KS; Betty Schmidt and husband, Vernon, Hays, KS;
two sisters-in-law, Dee Dreiling and Mildred Dreiling, both of Hays, KS; one brother-in-law, Dean Davis, Emporia, KS; six grandchildren, Stephanie Boohar (Jim), Mark Dreiling, George Rifford IV (Michelle), Jennifer “Jenny” Altman (Brock), Jeremy Dreiling (fiancĂ©, Amy Adams), Jay Dreiling; and three great grandchildren, Paige and Hailey Rifford, Katie Boohar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Sylvester, Robert, William “Bill” Dreiling; three sisters, Seraphina “Sarah” ,Davis, Alfreda “Freda” Grabbe and Caroline Schmidt.

Services are 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at St .Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, KS. Burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, KS with military honors by the Victoria V.F.W. Post No. 1751.
A Victoria Daughters of Isabella rosary is at 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, a vigil services is at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, and a Knights of Columbus / V.F.W. rosary is at 7:30 P.M. Tuesday all at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd, Hays, Kansas 67601.
Visitation is from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday and from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. Wednesday all at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays.
Memorials to St. Fidelis Building Repair fund or Victoria V.F.W. Building Improvements
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