Robert Dreier

Bob E. Dreier of Port Washington lived his faith, his wife Joy said.

Mr. Dreier was a member of St. John XXIII Parish’s St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church who served on its Buildings and Grounds Committee and its Men’s Club, led the Port Washington Food Pantry and with his wife was a foster parent to numerous infants.

“His faith was important, and the church was a big part of his life,” his wife said.

Shortly after the couple moved to Port Washington in 1968, a neighbor invited Mr. Dreier to attend a Men’s Club meeting and he signed up immediately, she said, adding her husband held every office in the club.

“It was a good fit for what he wanted to do,” his wife said. “They were a great group of guys, a good team, and they did all the extra things for the church, and he liked that. He was a builder and a fixer and a do-er.”

Mr. Dreier, 80, who died at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton on Wednesday, Sept. 4, was in charge of the club’s fish fries, both during Lent and at Fish Day, for many years and handled jobs that included ordering the supplies, serving as its treasurer and conversing with the many people who attended.

He spearheaded the efforts to buy a new Nativity for the church, and when the Men’s Club offered parishioners the chance to buy individual statues in the scene, he immediately reserved the Baby Jesus for his family.

The figure reflected his love for children and the couple’s decision to serve as foster parents for countless infants over more than 35 years, his wife said.

“I have so many pictures of him holding those babies,” she said. “He was in the thick of it. He did everything from feeding them to changing their diapers to holding them.”

The couple remain in contact with many of the families who adopted the infants, she added, and they served as godparents to some of the children.

Mr. Dreier was also an integral part of the Port Washington Food Pantry, serving as president of the board from the time the Food Pantry was incorporated until he retired earlier this year.

“He led us to a great place and helped us grow with a level head and a reasoning mind,” said Mrs. Dreier, who served as the pantry’s director for many years. “He wasn’t able to volunteer at the pantry because he worked, but on the weekends he would pick up stuff for the pantry, build shelves, do anything we needed.”

Mr. Dreier felt compelled to help people whenever needed, his wife added.

“If you needed help, he was there to provide it,” she said. “He felt that way about the whole community.”

Mr. Dreier was a native of Marinette. He and his twin sister Betty were born on May 13, 1939, to Elmer and Jean Spoor Dreier.

He graduated from Marinette High School in 1957 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1962 to 1967.

He married Joy Greenwood at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Menominee, Mich., on Sept. 28, 1963.

They moved to Milwaukee before settling in Port Washington.

Mr. Dreier did factory work for several years before his boss talked him into joining his sales force. It was a profession that he excelled in, his wife said.

He worked for Moore Oil, U.S. Oil and most recently Wolf Oil in Slinger, retiring in 2010.

Mr. Dreier loved to build things, his wife said, including all the cabinets and book shelves in their home.

“That was his one great love,” she said.

He also enjoyed tinkering with cars, she added.

 “He was Mr. Tool Man,” she said. “And what he couldn’t fix, he knew who to call to get it done.”

Mr. Dreier enjoyed traveling, and he and his family took trips throughout the U.S. Their last journey was to Alaska to celebrate the couple’s 55th anniversary, Mrs. Dreier said.

He was also a former leader for Cub Scout Pack 3875.

Mr. Dreier is survived by his wife Joy of Port Washington; children Sandra Dreier of Prescott, Michael (Lynn) of Port Washington and Daniel (Michelle) of Mounds View, Minn.; and grandchildren Joshua Dreier, Caitlin and Nicholas Dreier, Sterling and Kyra Schaefer and Adrielle Dreier.

He is further survived by his brother William (Joan) of Seguin, Texas, and his twin sister Betty Messenger of Peshtigo.

Mr. Dreier was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Robert Messinger and nephew David Dreier.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Mr. Dreier at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic Church. Father Patrick Wendt will officiate.

Visitation will be at the church Friday from 4 p.m. until the service.

Entombment will be Saturday at St. Mary’s Mausoleum in Port Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Port Washington Food Pantry or St. John XXIII School are suggested.

Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.




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