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Elmer Dreyer

March 3, 1934 — June 6, 2023


Elmer Elwin Dreyer was born March 3, 1934, to Carl and Emma Dreyer in Rushville, Nebraska. He passed away on June 6, 2023, in Wilber, Nebraska. He grew up on his parent’s farm with his four brothers and his Grandpa Dreyer.

He was baptized April 1, 1934, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. On October 6, 1954, he married Delores Dohrman. They had two children, Diane (Ed) Hunzeker and Gerald ‘Gary’ (Barb) Dreyer, grandchildren, Stephen (Melinda) Hunzeker, Jonathan (Kelli) Hunzeker, Andrew Hunzeker, Heather (Chris) Eagle, and Stephanie (Kameron) Hahn.   Eight great-grandchildren, Graham, Grayson and Teagan Hunzeker, Autumn and Logan Hahn, Alex, Nicholas, and Jaxson Eagle.  He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Diana Dohrman, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elmer loved farming, but to help raise a family, he took a job at the Food Bowl as a pinsetter mechanic. He worked there until he had to retire because of his eyesight. While working there, he ended up doing a lot of different jobs, whether he was working the bowling lanes, tending bar, doing maintenance on appliances, and he even cooked one New Years Day.  Luckily, they were not busy. He enjoyed being around people and had a gift of gab to be able to talk to anyone.

When he got to the point of not feeling that he could stay out on the farm anymore. He moved to Wilber, where Gary and Barb were living. He took up residency at the Czech Village (an apartment complex) where he made many friends. At times, they would all pile into a car and go out to eat supper. He then moved into the Wilber Care Center and lived in assisted living until his passing.

He loved to sing, whether it was in a choir or with quartettes. His favorite quartet was singing with Phyllis, Marty, and Delores. They would perform at special events for the church and the community.

Throughout his life he served many years on the Immanuel Church council. He was active throughout the town with different projects when he was younger. For many years, he and his brother Ralph were the telephone lineman for his area telephone line. He loved to fish and be around family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Emma, his loving wife Delores, father and mother-in-law August and Ruth Dohrman, brothers Clarence, Richard, Harold, and Ralph, sisters-in-law Doris, Margaret, Faye, and Joyce.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday June 14, 2023, 10:00am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rushville, NE. Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Rushville, NE.


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

5:30 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

Chamberlain Pier Funeral Home

101 N Main St, Gordon, NE 69343

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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