Hilary Dreier


DreierHilary 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.


  1. Brenda (Rieke)Schwartz says:

    Todd and Geri, sorry to hear of your loss. I trust you have many great memories to reflect on. May you find peace in knowing this separation is not forever. Condolences to you and your family.

  2. Dorrie Fleischer says:

    Todd and Geri, Scott and Joan, and Jeff and Marlene and families…….I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your dad and gatherings at your home when I was young! I am unable to be there tomorrow, but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers! Blessings and peace and love to you all.

  3. Kris (Dummer) Wiltscheck says:

    Todd, Geri and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  4. Always and forever our first brother.

  5. Kathy Guertin (Frank) says:

    To Hilary’s Family,
    Sorry for your loss, Hilary is in a better place, his eternal home. No more suffering. may he rest in Peace.
    I have to commend you all, as a family were very good about coming to visit with him and taking him out for rides.
    We will miss seeing you all at the Fairfax community home.
    Sorry to hear about your lost of Raven too.

  6. Rest in peace Uncle Hilary

  7. Ray Fahey says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Must have been a need for his services in heaven so he got the call. Always remember the good times you had with him and share those times with your children and grand children when they come. This is a tough time for you but make sure you take care of yourself and your family. Thinking of you and please accept my sympathy.

  8. Luke Dulgar (and extended family far and awau) says:

    Dear family,
    So very sorry to hear about your loss and even more sorry my father, Peter, and I cannot be there tomorrow. Hilary was very good about keeping us (especially Dad when he was in Crystal) up on how he was doing and what he, and all his boys and their families had been up to recently. A great many fond memories recalled in our conversations as I let my father and brother know about your loss. I know you will all find comfort in fond memories, love of extended family and friends, and faith, and release of pain. Please accept our deepest condolences until we can embrace when we meet again.

  9. Marlys & Marvin Timm says:

    Diane, our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. May he rest in peace.

  10. Joan Forst says:

    To Hilary’s,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace knowing he is at rest. Remember all the good time for memories keep your loved one close. Our sympathy to you all. Joan and Rich

  11. Joe and Cynthi Hrabe says:

    Jeff, Marlene and family,
    We are so very sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God bless you all.

  12. Beth Beuch says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Love, thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  13. Sister Mary Fran Allen says:

    Dear Diane,
    Please accept my sympathy on the death of your husband. You have my thoughts and prayers at this time. You did have some good times together through the years. Now he is free of his suffering. God bless you.
    Love and prayers,
    Sister Mary Fran Allen

  14. Karl & Julie Grunke says:

    So sorry to hear about Hilly, he was a great guy, saw him in the Fairfax home Quite often when we
    would visit Dad.I’m sure he’s in heaven now talking with dad and all the others who have gone before, but I can tell you he will always be in your heart, so have a fond memory and a smile and sooner or latter we will all get to heaven
    Thru faith in Christ Jesus, God bless K&J Grunke

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