May 12, 1930 - March 29, 2018

Elmer Anthony Dreiling passed away peacefully March 29, 2018 with his family by his side. Elmer was born May 12, 1930 to Charles and Beata Dreiling on the family farm near St. Peter, Kansas. Elmer graduated from Hill City High School in 1949.

Elmer served in the United States Army from May 1951 to June 1953. Following basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas, he went to Korea and worked as a Construction Engineer. In October of 2010, Elmer and his wife Marian enjoyed a trip to South Korea as guests of the South Korean government in appreciation for his service during the Korean War.

Elmer’s siblings include Helen Weidner (husband Lennie), Len (wife Louise), Armella Nordstrom (husband Stan), Ellie Horcher (husband Syke), Ben (wife Norma), Katherine Raupp (husband George), Chuck (wife Carol), and Fritz (wife Deanna).

Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Beata; and his siblings, Helen, Len, Ellie, Katherine, and Fritz.

Elmer married his sweetheart, Marian Dreiling (Howard), October 27, 1956. They enjoyed 61 years of marriage and had four children: Linda Smith (husband Rick), Bob (Lynn), Jeff (wife Debra), and Paul (wife Tricia). Elmer and Marian had six grandchildren, including Matt Smith (wife Kelley), Jenna Dode (husband Chris), Ravenne Bye (husband Paul), Dillon, Kelsey, and Katie. They also have six great-grandchildren: Jackson, Carter, and Owen Smith; Michael and Harrison Dode; and Aspen Bye.

Elmer was a union carpenter and worked for City Wide for 40 years. He retired in 1995, and in August of 2001, Elmer and Marian moved from their home in Arlington Heights, Illinois to Medford, Oregon.

Elmer was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Medford, Ore. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He formed many wonderful friendships through his involvement with the Knights and Sacred Heart.

To those who knew Elmer, knew that he was a farmer, a carpenter, generous, soft-spoken, humble, and eternally kind. Elmer was committed to his faith, his family, his values and the activities that knit them together in God’s love. He took every opportunity afforded him to share his gift of carpentry with his Church, the Knights, his family, his friends, and his neighbors. He believed that he served the Lord best by utilizing the gifts given to him to help others.

There will be a Celebration of Life Mass held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 517 West 10th Street, Medford, OR.

Elmer, you will be deeply missed by many. We may mourn for a moment, but we will celebrate and cherish your life and the impact you have had for eternity. Until we meet again, auf wiedersehen, we love you, mach’s gut.