Bill passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Farragut United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Farragut United Methodist Church. Burial of cremains will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials may be directed to the Farragut United Methodist Church.
William (Bill) Edward Dreyer was born March 21, 1934 to W.F. and Lucile (Evans) Dreyer on the family farm in rural Glenwood. Bill had two older brothers, Don and Fred and two younger sisters, Carol and Ann. The family moved south of Farragut when Bill was a young boy. He attended Maple Grove country school and graduated from Farragut High School in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Shirley Zuck on March 23, 1952, at the Farragut Methodist Church. They made their home on a farm south of Farragut and four sons were welcomed into the family: Dave, Bob, Tim and Scott.
Bill and Shirley raised their boys while working side by side on the farm. Bill worked several odd jobs to provide for his family: Railway Express in Hamburg, Raidt Glove factory in Shenandoah, hauling nursery stock for Lake Nursery. He had a corn shelling business with his brother, Fred and he and Fred worked with Dean Wing cutting hedge rows to sell the hedge posts. He spread ag lime for area farmers for several winters which in turn taught his sons to be truck drivers, but his first love was farming! He and Shirley square danced for many years. As they neared retirement, they began to travel south for the winters and Bill found new enjoyment playing table tennis, billiards, tennis and his famous sweet corn business began. Most family vacations were spent fishing in Minnesota. He loved walleye fishing and passed on that love to sons and grandsons. They left the farm in 2004 and built a new home in Shenandoah. He was actively involved at the Senior Center and played cards three days a week. He loved a good card game and did not like to lose! He was a life long member of the Farragut United Methodist Church.
Preceding him in death were his beloved wife, Shirley and his parents. Two brothers, Don and Fred and his sister, Carol and a granddaughter, Shelby Grace. Left to honor his memory are his four sons: Dave and Sherri Dreyer of Farragut, Bob and Carolyn Dreyer of Farragut, Tim and Shawna Dreyer of Farragut and Scott and Sara Dreyer of Altoona, his sister Ann and Jim O'Hara of Shenandoah: ten grandchildren, Kent(Venus) Dreyer, Lynsey Dreyer, Alex Dreyer, Cassie (Alex) Garcia, Niclas (Megan) Dreyer, Adam Dreyer, B.J. (Megan) Dreyer, Greg (Katie) Dreyer, Mike (Aubrey) Dreyer and Kelli Dreyer, twelve great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.
Bill will always be remembered as a hardworking farmer, a loving husband and father and a ornery fun-loving grandpa!
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We were sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We square danced with Bill and Shirley over fifty years ago. There was never a dull moment when they were there. They loved pranks and were very good dancers. They combined the pranks and dancing. Great fun. Our deepest condolences.
Our sympathies to your family!! I loved Bill so much - his warm, caring spirit and his great laugh. Your family will be in our prayers as you carry on his great legacy!
Our sympathies to the Dreyer family. Bill was a great guy and would deliver sweet corn to us to take to Branson! His house always looked down on us. We will miss him.
sincere sympathy to Bill's family. I always enjoyed playing cards with him at the senior center.
He will be greatly missed.
Dear Shirley and family, Our deepest sympathies to all of you at this most difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Know he will be missed greatly, but he will always be with you in prayer and memories. God bless.
Denny and Joy Hackett
To the entire Dreyer family; Patty and I want to express our sincere sympathy on the death of Bill. I had the honor of knowing him and Shirley during my serving as their pastor. Bill and I had some intersting visits over my years there. He always had a come-back answer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Be encouraged. Pastor Bruce Hauswirth
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