We just learned of Dick's passing. He was the Best of the Best. An All American.
Dick & Dottie Geisland
I am so sorry for your loss. Richard was an amazing man that truly changed the life of others for the better. He was the best part of my work day, and he is greatly missed!
Doug and Denny,
I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I remember him at the back door, coming to see how my Dad's wine was coming along--and doing some comparative tasting. He was a lovely man and I know you all will miss him greatly.
Karen VanOrman Roberts
Denny and Doug and families - I was so sorry to hear that you have lost your Dad, Grandpa and Great grandpa. I have great memories of both him and your Mom. He must be the last of the old Rowland gang. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Carol (Gray) Lashway
I was sorry to read of the passing of your father. While I never met him, it appears he had a love of life and people.
I am James Marihugh, the son of Mildred Greiner Marihugh of Defiance, Ohio. This note is for Marjorie, Harold (Dick), Elaine, Denny, Doug and famiies
I am sorry that I did not get to see each of you personally, but I have been out of town the last couple of days.
When I was four or five, Rich took me to the Avalon theater where he worked at the time. He had me wait in the theater lobby while he attended to some of his work. Another worker put me outside several times as I was waiting for Rich. I was afraid of being in the big city of Toleto because I came from the small town of Defiance, Ohio. I have no idea what the movie was about, but I know I was scared.
I am retired from AEP corporation after 35 years. I always liked to be in Richard's presence. He was always happy, and I enjoyed listening to his life stories.
I knew Richard growing up through my father. I remember at a young age coming over on Christmas or him busy in the shop or yard. He was definitely a jack of all trades. I hadn't seen him in over 15 years but he still has left a quite an impression on me today. It would have been something for me to know him as a grown man. He was a very kind person, hard worker, and great humanitarian. People aren't like that today...definitely a member of "The Greatest Generation".
Tonight my mother told me about his passing, sorry for your (and all of our) loss. May he rest in peace.
The life of Richard Dreher represents a humble man of great accomplishments regarding technical abilities, athletics, commitment to others, patriotism, work ethics, and charitable deeds; and such a combination identifies someone of great character who is a magnificent role model.
Denny, Doug and your Families,
You men and your Mom and Dad were just about the best part of growing up on Rowland Rd.
While we were all fortunate to have some really fine neighbors there, it was your home and Dad that were extra special. So many memories, all of you made us neighbor kids of all ages feel welcome in your home.
I met your father at Alexis Gardens and saw his kindness for others when vising my mother (Lucille) that is so beautifully described in the Blade article. Sending prayers of comfort to all.
Denny and Doug,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I was blessed to have him as a neighbor and friend all these years. Your dad taught me many "life lessons" as we were growing up, he was truly a great man. One night when I was 10 or 11yrs old he asked me if I would help move one of his bee-hives telling me "don't worry, bee's put their stingers away at night" He had me hold this piece of wood that didn't quite cover the slot. Long story short I got stung, and from that day on when ever he would say anything I might question, I'd say " yeah and bees put their stingers away at night" we always had a great laugh over that.
Our deepest sympathies to your family.
Denny, Thinking back on your Dad and all the things he did for us kids. Taking us to the show, Boy Scout Leader, spending time with all of the kids. He was a great man and he will be missed. I am very sorry for your loss. Joel and Barb Weber
I was sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My prayers are with you and your family. Marsine Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Dreher,
So sorry to hear you your father's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Denny, Doug and Families,
I have fond memories of swinging at the Dreher's and talking to Mr & Mrs Dreher. They always had a smile and took the time to talk to the neighborhood kids. My prayers are with you all during this time. They will be missed.
Janine (Osinski) Williams
He lived a beautiful life and we know you will miss him terribly. We remember the delicious raspberries he shared with us. Richard was a good man who spent his days sharing his love of life with others.
Mr. Denny Dreher, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Peace to you and your family. Patt Spalding-Watkins, DHS class of 1975
Denny, So sorry to hear about your Dad. Just want you to know we're all thinking about you and your family. Hope to see you soon, Alice
I was the Dreher's Blade carrier for years and I don't think I ever saw Mr Dreher sitting still. He would always wave from the garage or from his grape arbor with a smile on his face. They were very nice people. Please accept my condolences.
Denny, Connie, Stacy, and Spence, though I never met your father/Grand Father, I do remember the pride when you would speak of him or tell me about his gardens. I am so very sorry for your loss. God Bless you.
Denny and family,
I am sorry to read of your father's passing - he was a wonderful person. As you know we became good friends and I'll never forget his on going kindness to my mother - she, too, thought the world of him. I had not heard him referred to as "the mayor of Alexis Gardens" but based on my experience, and as I often told him, he should have been on the payroll.
He was a great guy and you have our deepest sympathy.
Just about every time I walked out the front door of my parents' home I would be greeted with a hearty "Hello Robbie" from Richard. I've walked out that door many times the past few years, and each time I'd expect to hear him yell my name. He was a great neighbor, a great friend to my entire family, and will be deeply missed. My condolences to the entire Dreher family. We all feel the loss, and share with you in this time of grieving.
- Rob, Amy, Alex and Addie Krohn