Earl J. "Patty" Dreher Jr.

Earl J. "Patty" Dreher Jr., 71, of New Fane, was united with the Lord on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at his home after battling cancer.

He was born on Dec. 26,1934 in Kewaskum, the son of the late Earl and Minnie (Knowles) Dreher Sr.

Earl was a graduate of Kewaskum High School, and on Sept. 8, 1956, he was united in marriage to Blanche Stowers at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum.

Earl served his country in active duty in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959 and continued to serve in the Air National Guard until 1963.

While he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, Earl and Blanche started a loving family.

The family returned to Wisconsin in 1964 and ran a Shell station in Oak Creek.

In 1966, they moved to West Bend and in 1972, they settled in New Fane.

Earl was employed by Wisconsin Electric for 10 years.

His passion for truck driving led him to become an owner-operator for many years. He continued to drive even after retirement.

Earl was a lifelong member of St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum, was a member of the New Fane Kettle Riders for over 30 years and was also a member of the Robert G. Romaine American Legion Post 384, Kewaskum.

He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, racing and trucking.

Earl was a dedicated, loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa.

Survivors include his loving wife, Blanche; his special companion, his poodle, MiMi; three sons, Rick (Susan) Dreher of Green Bay, Brian (Teresa) Dreher of Campbellsport and Gregory (Shawn) Dreher of New Fane; 10 granddaughters, Alison, Lisa, Sara (fiance, Tim Peck), Crystal, Bridget, Alyssa, Ashley, April, Angela Dreher and Niki (Curtis) Koth; two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Samuel Koth; four brothers, Jules (Gwendolyn) Dreher and John Dreher, both of Kewaskum, David (Nancy) Dreher of Campbellsport and William (Colleen) Dreher of Brownsville; a sister, Sharon (Robert) Stenschke of West Bend; a sister-in-law, Charleen (Al) Barutha of Kewaskum; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Dreher.

Earl’s funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum.

Rev. Edwin Fredrich will officiate and burial with military graveside rites will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in Lutheran Memorial Park in Kewaskum.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of services.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum is serving the family.

Additional information and guest book may be found at www.millermartinfh.com.

Earl’s family would like to thank Heartland Hospice Services, Pastor Henning, Pastor Fredrich and all the family and friends for their love, prayers and support.