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Mr. Edward Joseph Dreher

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Mr. Edward Joseph Dreher Obituary
Edward Joseph Dreher was born in Hays, KS, on May 19, 1931, to Conrad and Josephine (Werth) Dreher. He was the ninth of sixteen children, three of whom are still with us. When Ed was seven, his family moved to Brighton, CO. As a teenager, Ed managed a dairy for the Austin family near Barr Lake. He often shared stories with his family about the hard work of hand milking the cows twice a day. Ed joined the army in January of 1952, while he was still in high school and participated in leadership training. Shortly after graduating from Brighton High School in 1953, Ed was deployed to Korea. His first rank was Sergeant First Class. During his service for our country, Ed earned the Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge, and the Overseas Bar. Following active duty, Ed was transferred to the Army Reserves and was Honorably Discharged on January 6, 1960. Upon returning from active duty, Ed worked for one year as a hod carrier and then trained and worked as a Barber. He then re-entered the construction business as a hod carrier and learned the trade of Masonry, which he excelled at and still had his hand in until his death. He worked on many well-known projects, including the construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

On July 23, 1955, Ed was joined in marriage to Rosemary Mollendor, and to this union seven children were born: Rosemarie (Taylor) Elder of Brighton, Sheryl (Randy) Smith of Akron, Edward (Jill) Dreher of Akron, William (Peggy) Dreher of Ft. Collins, Wayne (Peggy) Dreher of Akron, Kimberly (Gary) Guy of Akron, and Wesley (Jill) Dreher of Sterling. Ed and Rosemary moved their family to Akron, CO, in 1975, where they stayed in a hotel while Ed built a house on a small acreage three miles outside of Akron. In recent years, they added a garage, which was where family holiday celebrations were held, due to the fact that, with 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, they had outgrown the house when all of the family was present.
?In April 2016, Ed had the honor and privilege of participating in the Honor Flight, which is a flight for American war veterans to visit and reflect at the memorials of Washington, D.C. He was very touched to receive an Ambassador for Peace Medal from the South Korean government thanking him for his service. Ed was well known and loved by many. He was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish and the Akron Knights of Columbus until his death. Ed never met a stranger, loved to tell a good story, and enjoyed good polka music and playing his harmonica. Ed's grandchildren will most remember the crazy family Christmas themes and the songs he sang to them as they were growing up, especially "Bushel and a Peck." Ed left this world, surrounded by his family, on May 17, 2017.
A Rosary will be held Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Joseph's. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Akron Knights of Columbus.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on May 24, 2017
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