Marvin Joseph Dreiling passed away at his home in Chapman, Kansas on June 2, 2020.

Marvin was born on Dec. 19, 1934 at the family farm near Ellis, Kansas, to Raymond and Marcella (Walters) Dreiling.  

He attended school in rural Ellis, KS, before his family moved to Chapman in 1943. He attended Chapman Elementary Grade School and graduated from Dickinson County Community High School with the class of 1953.

After graduation he joined the U.S. Army and served for three years. During his service he was stationed in Korea for 16 months. Upon returning to the states, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Hettenbach, on Jan. 16, 1956. They were then transferred to Fort Hood, TX, for one year. After his honorable discharge from the service, they moved to Denver, CO, where he worked as a diesel mechanic for Well Completions for seven years.  

In 1963 he and his family moved back to Chapman and eventually went to work for Chapman USD 473 and was in charge of school transportation for 28 years.  

Marvin was a member of St Michaels Catholic Church, American Legion and Abilene Elks.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and boating. Milford Lake was a favorite place to take his family where he, Shirley, his kids and grandkids all enjoyed skiing, tubing, fishing and campfires. He was a great dad, grandpa and great–grandpa and was known for his willingness to help anyone of them at any time with anything they needed.

Marvin is survived by his wife Shirley of 64 years, daughters Debbie Budden and Trudy Sims (Ken), of Chapman, son Ron Dreiling (Kit), Santa Clarita, CA, sister Charlene Herman (George), Abilene, and brother-in laws Jerry Schad, Junction City, and John Leach Overland Park, eight  grandsons, one granddaughter, 10 great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Norman Dreiling and sister-in-law Shirley Dreiling, sisters Patsy Schad, Lorraine Leach and Mary Jean Hooper and brother-in-law Darrow Hooper.

The family has chosen cremation.  

A visitation is planned for Friday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St Michael Parish Center. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Chapman on Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. with Father John Wolesky officiating.

Precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with a sign-in sheet during visitation, social distancing and recommending, but not requiring, the use of masks. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chapman, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to St Michaels Catholic Church or Hospice of Dickinson County and may be sent in care of Londeen Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

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