Service Time:  10:30 A.M.
Day and Date:  Friday, July 18, 2008
Location:  St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church - Russell, Kansas
Visitation and Guest Book Registration:  9A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.
Vigil:  7 P.M. Thursday Evening, July 17th at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church
Burial:  St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Russell
Memorials:  St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church Building Fund  

Norbert “Norb” Dreiling, 80 of Russell died Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita after a short battle with Leukemia.  He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death.  Norb was born November 10, 1927 in Victoria, Kansas.  He was the youngest of 13 children born to Michael and Clara (Bollig) Dreiling.  He grew up in Victoria and attended school there.

Norb served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.  He was stationed in Hawaii and was a driver and did bomb disposal.  After the war, he returned to the Victoria and Russell area where he has lived most all of his life.  Norb was united in marriage to Ina M. Oswald on February 14, 1953 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Russell.  This union was blessed with three children, Francis, Teresa and Carol.  Ina preceded him in death on April 16, 2003.  He was united in marriage to Rita Graf on April 24, 2004 also at St. Marys Catholic Church in Russell.

Norb worked in the ready mix concrete business for over 40 years; he was the Russell plant manager for many years.  He was Assistant Chief of the Russell-Grant Township Fire Department for 31 years, retiring in 1997.  After retiring, he helped at the Pohlman Mortuary for a few years.

He was a member of St. Marys, Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Russell.  He was a First and Fourth degree Knight of Columbus.  He also belonged to the Russell V.F.W. Post 6240, the Russell American Legion Post 99 and the Concrete Workers Union.  He loved spending time with his family, bowling and volunteering for activities at the church and cooking at the American Legion.  Norb was also very dedicated in visiting family and friends who were sick or needed help at the hospital, nursing homes or at their homes.  He was a friend to all and he will be deeply missed.


Surviving family include his wife Rita of the home; son Francis Dreiling and wife Camille of Salina, daughter Teresa Rogers and husband Terry of Houston, Texas and daughter Carol Boxberger and husband Don of Russell; five grandchildren, Chris Dreiling, Jennifer Verhoff, Cory Dreiling, Mandi Blundon and Tyler Boxberger; two great grandchildren, Cheyenne & Clay Blundon with Baby Verhoff on the way; and extended family, Jane Rogers, Mark & Teresa Graf,  Luci & Graci; Brad & Michelle Graf, Jori, Reggie, & Taylor; Kim & Jim Sly & Kristi, Sandra & James Wright.

Celebration of the Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, July 18, 2008 at St. Marys Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Russell.  Interment will follow at the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Russell.  The Russell V.F.W. Post #6240 Honor Guard will be conducting military rites.  A Vigil will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday evening also at St. Marys Queen of Angels Catholic Church.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.  Knights of Columbus 4th Degree will stand Honor Guard at the Vigil.  A memorial has been established with St. Marys, Queen of Angels Catholic Church.  Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell.  Condolences may also be sent via email at  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary is in charge of these arrangements.

A  Funeral Mass celebrating Norb's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 18, 2008 at the St. Mary's Queen Of Angels Catholich Church in Russell.  Visitation will take place from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Thursday, July 17th at the mortuary.  A vigil service will take place at 7 P.M. on Thursday evening July 17th at the St. Mary's Queen Of Angels Catholic Church.  Memorials may be given to the church building fund an may be sent to the mortuary at 610 N. Maple * Russell, Kansas.

From your Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary Family:

Norb, you have been like a grandfather to Don and I, and we cannot express into words how much of an influence you have made on Don and myself.  From the first day we met you, you extended your hand in friendship and welcomed us into your heart.  The talents and gifts you provided to your church, the community and the mortuary will be greatly missed.  Don, Darren and Henry consider it an honor and a privilege to have known and worked with you.  Most of all we will miss your friendship and your wonderful sense of humor, as well as the way you would get ornery and tease Don and I on a daily basis.  We will miss you, and even though you will be gone, we will always love you and cherish your friendship.

Love Always,

Darren, Angie, Dylan and Megan Peeler

Don, Audrey, Andrea and Trey Varner 

Henry and Marge Pohlman

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