Let the memory of Elmer be with us forever
  • Born on July 19, 1931 .

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Elmer Dreher. Elmer proudly served his country in the United States Army from March 1951 to December 1952. We will remember him forever.

Elmer died Sunday, September 1, 2013, at the Norfolk Veteran’s Home.

Elmer was born at his folk’s home in Grand Island, on July 19, 1931, the son of Michael and Rose (Krings) Dreher. When he was four years old, his family moved to Omaha. He started school at St Bridget’s, where he was confirmed prior to his family returning to Grand Island. He was enrolled in St. Mary’s School and graduated in 1949.

He entered the US Army on March 13, 1951. After his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Elmer received orders to be sent to Korea. Prior to his deployment, Elmer married Mary Schmitt on July 5, 1951, in Lincoln, NE. During his service in Korea, Elmer earned the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars as well as the UN Service Medal. On December 12, 1952, Elmer received his honorable discharge.

Elmer worked for the Hansen Wholesale Company in Grand Island. Later, he became a sale representative the Singer Company. He was promoted to the manager position of his first store in Beatrice, NE, in 1956. Though out his career with Singer the family moved many times including North Platte, Fremont, Lincoln, Kearney, Kansas City, MO, and Norfolk. He left Singer in 1975 after almost 23 years. He then began working for Motorola Communications in the business markets. He was promoted to zone manager. He retired from Motorola in 1989 to go to work for Mid-NE Communications. After two years of service, Elmer decided to take his retirement. He later worked for the local Chevrolet dealer as a courtesy driver and shuttled cars between dealerships.

Elmer is survived by his wife of 62 years, their children and spouses: Peggy and Paul Braden, of Kearney, Mike and Deb Dreher, of Norfolk, Patsy and Jim Davis, of Ravenna, NE, and Paula and Roger Buss, of West Point, NE; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, one sister, Alvera Irvine, of Grand Island, NE.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.


Posted by Deb Dreher on 19th July 2018
Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you a lot. We all do. Love you lots.
Posted by Peggy Braden on 19th July 2018
Happy Birthday, Dad! I've been thinking "extra" alot of you this week! Hope you are having a piece of lemon pie today with Morris. Miss you! Love you lots!
Posted by Katie Rickard on 19th July 2017
Happy 86th Birthday Grandpa!!! I am never really good with birthdays...but never forget yours. You must have a hand in not letting me forget to pick up some pie and tell my girls about you!! We see grandma as often as we can, and she is doing real well. We are all doing okay too. I'm sure you know that already. I think about you often. The memories in my heart of all the fun we always had, make me smile. You would have loved my beautiful girls...they are a bit wild at their age now, but it would have gave you something to talk about, that's for sure! Continue to watch over us...we need all the help we can get most days! I love you and you are missed today and always. Happy Birthday Grandpa.
Posted by Patsy Davis on 19th July 2017
Happy Birthday Dad. Hope you will have a good day and I plan to have a piece of lemon pie in honor of you today. Been thinking of you alot lately. The car stories have come up alot lately and can't help but remember you each time a story is told and your name comes up. Continue to be my guiding light. Love you and miss you so much. Patsy
Posted by Peggy Braden on 19th July 2017
Happy 86th Birthday, Dad! I think of you always and wish you were here to see and hear of all the happenings in the family this past year! I think I need a piece of lemon pie soon to make me feel you even more in our presence! Keep watching over me and guide me in the right path. Love you forever!
Posted by Patsy Davis on 19th July 2016
Happy Birthday Dad!!! Still miss you a whole lot. I have noticed that we quote you alot these days, as you had quite the pluthera of sayings!! Your second grand-daughter is about to be married in about 10 days. I know you will be there with us and smiling down upon all of us. Eat a piece of lemon pie with Morris, Harlan and all your other friends and family celebrating with you. Love you to the moon and back. Patsy
Posted by Peggy Braden on 19th July 2016
Happy Birthday, Dad! We think of you often and wish you were here. We had lemon pie tonight for dessert. It was yummy! We will never forget July 19th. May you rest in peace. We love you lots!,
Posted by Patsy Davis on 5th July 2016
Hi Dad, Happy Anniversary Wow 65 years!!! Seems like yesterday when we were celebrating your 60 up in Norfolk at the the hotel with everyone there. Mom is doing good and never ceases to amaze me as to what or who she sees or does. Miss you so much. Sending my love to you. Thanks for watching over all of us.
Posted by Patsy Davis on 1st September 2015
Well, its been 2 years today. Doesn't seem possible. Life is still happening down here, but you already know that as you have had a front row seat and have helped guide the entire family along. You are always in my heart and miss you every day! Sending hugs and kisses to heaven for you!
Posted by Peggy Braden on 19th July 2015
Happy 84th Birthday, Dad! I think of you often and say a little prayer. I know you are at peace and have no worries, please know you are loved and missed by many. Cheers to lemon pie! I will never forget July 19th!!
Posted by Deb Dreher on 19th July 2015
Happy Birthday Dad. I think of you everyday. May you continue to rest in peace. Mike
Posted by Deb Dreher on 1st September 2014
It's been a year since you left us. You are missed by many. Rest in Peace. Love Mike
Posted by Patsy Davis on 21st August 2014
Hi Dad, been thinking about you alot lately. Can't believe it has been a year since you left us. And what a year it has been. Miss you so much. Please continue to guide us in the right direction
Posted by Deb Dreher on 20th July 2014
Happy Birthday Dad. While you are not with us physically, I know you are still with us spiritually. I really felt your presence yesterday, on you birthday. In your honor, I'm going to have a piece of lemon pie today. I love you, and I miss you. Mike
Posted by Patsy Davis on 19th July 2014
Dear Daddy, Today is the first birthday you are not with us. It seems like so long ago when you left us, but yet it seems like yesterday when you were yelling at me "not to blow up the garage"!! Hope you get the best piece of lemon pie you have ever had today. And we all know that you are with us in our hearts. I love you and miss you. Your Patsy Pooh
Posted by Peggy Braden on 19th July 2014
Happy Birthday, Dad! I think of you often and will never forget you! I hope you are having a great time in heaven, visiting all your relatives & friends. I was thinking last week it was lemon pie month for you & Morris....hope you each get a pie all to yourselves! We are keeping a good eye on mom, so you dont need to worry about her. Be good & don't get into trouble! Love you always, Peggy
Posted by Katie Rickard on 16th May 2014
I was thinking of you today, but that is nothing new. I know you are watching over us and keeping all of us in line. We love you and you are greatly missed Grandpa.

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