Hilary L. Dreier, age 86 of Fairfax, died on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Sunwood Good Samaritan in Redwood Falls. Memorial services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 3, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax. Pastor Vicki Toutges will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM, Monday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting family with arrangements.
Hilary was born March 3, 1928 in Gibbon, MN to Albert and Lena (Bruns) Dreier. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended and graduated from Gibbon High School. He furthered his education at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, studying to be an electrician. Hilary served in the Army during the Korean War from 1950-1952. He married Lois Lieske and they had three sons. He owned an electrical business in Fairfax for many years. He later married Diane Kvam Sandgren on October 8, 1983 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Fairfax. Hilary was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post 8459 in Fairfax, an active member at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, serving 12 years as the treasurer, a member of Experimental Aircraft Association, Fairfax City Council, Fairfax Fire Department and past member of the VFW Drill Team in Arlington. Hilary had a love of aviation; it was most notably evident when he built his own airplane. He also restored three planes. He enjoyed leisurely flying with his wife, Diane, and encouraging her to be a pilot; it was his greatest passion. He also enjoyed traveling with his family, golfing, snow skiing (even at the age of 60+), playing baseball, coaching Legion baseball, and celebrating his birthdays every year with his family at the Kaiserhoff in New Ulm.
He is survived by his wife Diane of Fairfax; sons: Todd (Geri) of Waconia, Scott (Joan) of Apple Valley, and Jeff (Marlene) of Elbow Lake; Diane’s children: Cindy (Rick) Thorp of Blaine, Mike (Kari) Sandgren of Fairfax, and Tim (Angela) Sandgren of Franklin; grandchildren: Jared, Sarah, Melissa, Mitchell, Chelsey, Shelby, Becky, and Travis Eisenbraun, Ricky, Kevin, and Krissy Thorp, Luke, Tyler, and Dylan Sandgren, Megan, Nathan, and Zachary Sandgren; 12 great grandchildren; brother Lloyd (Leona) Dreier of Stewart; sisters-in-law Joanne Dreier of Tulsa, OK and Ruth Dreier of Redwood Falls. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Erlin and Lee, and Diane’s daughter Julie.