Kenneth J. Dreesen, age 84, of South Yankton, Nebraska, died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Human Service Center in Yankton, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance, Nebraska, with Reverend Jim Keiter officiating and military honors provided by the Crofton American Legion Post No. 128. Following the Mass a cremation will take place and the burial of cremains will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery at a later date. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton, South Dakota.
Pallbearers will be Joe Dreesen, Jeffrey Dreesen, James Dreesen, Bob Dreesen, Marty Dreesen, Chip Dreesen, and Michael Dreesen.
Kenneth J. Dreesen was born June 1, 1930, in Hartington, Nebraska, to Roman and Lucy (Dresden) Dreesen. He grew up in Hartington and graduated from Hartington High School. He was drafted into the United States Army, where he served his country during the Korean War. After he returned from the war he married Rosie Steffen on August 11, 1954 in Constance, Nebraska. They moved to the Yankton area where Kenny owned and operated Kenny's 24hr Service in South Yankton, Nebraska from 1956 until 1976. Kenny then owned and operated the Lazy D Saloon in South Yankton, which he operated from 1978 until 2010.
Kenny was loved by everyone and was a true people person. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance and a lifetime member of the Crofton American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed hunting, baseball, reading, quarter horses, and watching and feeding birds.
Survivors include his wife, Rosie of South Yankton, Nebraska; eight children: Joe (Conney) Dreesen of Omaha, Nebraska; Jeff Dreesen of Yankton; Pam (Les) Jones of Crofton, Nebraska; Jim (Carmen) Dreesen of Charlottesville, Virginia; Bob (Gwendollyn) Dreesen of New York City, New York; Marty (Barbra) Dreesen of Columbia, South Carolina; Chip (Marta) Dreesen of Geneva, Switzerland; and Mike (Mary) Dreesen of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and brother, Fran (Adaline) Dreesen of Hartington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Margaret Lammers and Evelyn Lowe.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Dear Rosie and Family,
I just wanted to send my symphonies to each of you in Kenny's death. I'm sorry I don't live closer or else I would be there. I have been praying for all of you. Would love to see everyone again and hopefully one of these days, I will.
Love, Donna Schieffer Belenchia (Adaline's sister in Mississippi)
I am saddened by Uncle Kenny's death.
Rosie, My thought and prayers are with you and your family as you live amidst the grief.
I will miss reminiscing with Kenny. His life history and the stories he shared will always be in my heart.
Keith J. Tramp
Rosie and family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss of Kenny. He was one of a kind.
Loran & Kathy Tramp
Rosie and family,
our thoughts & prayers are with you. We have wonderful memories of a good man.
Pat & Jolene Foss
Will always remember his smile, his cowboy boots and his belt buckle. Will always remember too, what he always said when you asked him how things were....... Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time and think of you tomorrow especially at the funeral.
Punky (Rosemarie Borte)
So sorry to hear about Kenny. Only good memories all around.
Rosie, our prayers are with you during this time.
Jim & Andy Lanning, Boise, ID
he was a good friend and will be missed greatly
Rosie and family:
my thoughts, prayers and sympathy to all. I harken back to the days, so long ago, at MMC. Great memories! My regards to Margie.
Charlotte (Goeden) Kirkitelos
Rosie and family -
sending my love and prayers. May the good Lord hold you in his loving arms and guide you through this most difficult time. Love always, Carol
Thinking of you and your family during your time of loss. Prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, Joani
Joan Olsen (Borte)
Don't know what to say, Jeanne and I are thinking of you guys.
I remember staying at your house on Broadway and getting home sick even though I was only five blocks from my house. You all took care of me and I made it till the next morning. Thank you Rosie. Joe, I think about you often (cadre)Face Book? Kenny was a great man and a true friend to all. I have fond memories of you all! Take care.
Jeanne and Jim Scoblic
Kenny's integrity and personality have inspired me since the day we met. Thoughts, prayers, and all good wishes to the family. I wish I were in South Yankton today to raise a toast to one of the all time good people.
Kenny was a very special guy. My trips to Yankton were always memorable. My thoughts are with your entire family, as you remember a life well lived.
Thinking and praying for you family.
Joan Stewart(Allvin) and family
THE RISSLER FAMILY OF CHET & MINNIE OFFERS OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS AT THIS TIME OF YOUR LOSS. KENNY WAS QUITE A GUY AND WILL BE MISSED BY MANY.
DONNA,BOB,PERRY,NORMAN & RANDY RISSLER
Rosie, Joe, and family:
I never really know what to write in these messages, so I'll just put it out there. I was, and am, greatly saddened about the news of Kenny passing on. Even is situations of expected passing, it doesn't salve the emptiness and hole in ourselves that remains. Kenny is one of the few people I have run into in my life that I can say I don't remember any negative or bad things about. Seemingly always upbeat, smiling, with supportive words and actions. Whether it was beers on Friday behind the truck stop, or hanging out at the Lazy D, we were given great latitude as we planned our next imminent project, party, or road trip. Some leave more prominent and lasting marks on your soul than others, and I can say with easy conviction that Kenny was one of the people that left his mark with me. Rosie, I hope that you are doing as well as is possible. Not being a terribly big prayer person, I can, however, tell you that I have been thinking of you and send ing as many "good vibes" as possible -- in the hippie lingo of the day. I also hope you have forgiven me for my Eddie Haskell moments, like in the house near Aten's, when you said, irritated: "Paul, stop calling me Mrs. Dreesen; you make me feel like an old lady1!". The message was received loud and clear. It really sucks that the separation by time and distance occurs too readily, and progresses too inevitably. Please know that even though I am really lousy at keeping in touch, I have been thinking about you all much over the years, and wondering how you are all doing (Chipper in Switzerland?!). My thoughts and memories remain with you. My love to you all, Paul Blackburn, Phoenix.
Rosie and family
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Kenny. I wish I would have been able to attend the services but I was out of town. I fondly remember all the times I spent with you and your family over the years. Our loved ones never really 'leave', they are always in our hearts and minds. My prayers are with you all.
Nadine, Omaha, NE.
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