The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Obituaries

April 28, 2013

Harold Francis Dreier

SAVANNA, Ill. — Harold Francis Dreier, 93, of Savanna, died peacefully on April 26, 2013, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll, Illinois. He was the beloved husband of almost 52 years to Marlys Darlene Zenk Dreier. Harold was born at home in Doon, Iowa, on April 6, 1920, son of William Henry and Dorothea (Doris) Elizabeth Bauer Dreier. He grew up in Doon, Iowa, and made Savanna, Illinois, his home for the rest of his life.

After graduating from Doon High School in 1939, Harold enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard where he served as a private and bugler, just prior to World War II. Harold then moved to Savanna where he worked as a deliveryman for Royal Blue Grocers and Standard Oil. In 1947, he became an Illinois State trooper. During his career with the Illinois State Police, he served as the automotive equipment officer and was on the shooting team, achieving the rank of sharpshooter. He also served as a personal bodyguard for U.S. presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in 1956. Harold retired from the Illinois State Police in 1977 after thirty years of service and was often remembered as being fair and even tempered and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. After retiring, Harold managed the Clark Gas Station in Savanna, worked as an exterminator for Hodge and Vanex and as a local handyman. Harold was a devoted parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna.

Harold loved cars and learned about them at an early age from his father, who was an automobile mechanic. One of his favorite pastimes was buying and trading cars, and he enjoyed maintaining his vehicles and passing these skills on to his daughter and son. Harold was also a musician and joked that he was the most hated man in the Iowa National Guard because he had the job of playing Reveille each morning to wake the troops. He passed his love of music and trumpeting on to both of his children, who will play Taps together at his interment. Harold found great joy in working on his home and yard, especially when it allowed him to spend time on his favorite blue Ford tractor. He enjoyed growing tomatoes, shopping for a good bargain, relaxing in his recliner with his dog on his lap, meeting friends for a cup of coffee, telling silly jokes, and most of all, spending time with his family.

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