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“Kenneth was always a welcome smile, always welcomed young people at his shop, showing them what he was doing, would fix a bike in a minute! He was a...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Dennis Johnson - Raleigh, NC

“You have our deepest sympathies. Just looking at all the pictures brought back so many good memories. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Brower - Sioux Falls, SD

“Dennis and family - we extend sincere sympathies to you. Beth and Vinson ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Beth And Vinson Weber - SD

“The GHS Class of 1973 extends their sympathy to Daryl and family. May you find peace in your memories. And we would like to let all the family know...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Sperl Ames - Spearfish, SD

“Whenever I play baseball I think of Mr Drey. Thank you Kenny! ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Harrison - Burke, VA

“Dave and family, So sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather, and mentor. I will add a prayer for him along with the prayer for your dear...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Mike Gassen - Bellwood, NE

“My condolences for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you; ”

“To Dave & the rest of the family! So sorry for your loss & praying God ease your grief! Hadn't seen your Dad For a long time but remember him well....Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Friend of family

“Kenny was a special man, I have many memories from years ago. He was our towel man at the salon, he'd bring in a basket packed full of unfolded...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Harrison - Sioux Falls, SD

“Kenny will be missed by many, but his family & friends will have wonderful memories to carry with them, ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Doris Silling - Spearfish, SD

“My sincere sympathies to the entire family You are in my thoughts and prayers ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Carol davis - Dallas, SD

“So sorry for your loss. A great Man. Hard working hands are at rest. He was a great family freind he will truely missed. By many and loved by all ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Caseydrews - Gregory, SD

Kenneth Ivan Drey was born January 15, 1927, on a farm northeast of Gregory, SD, to Benjamin and Anne Helen (Miller) Drey. He welcomed two younger sisters, Edith Mae and Beverly, into the family. He passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

Ken attended country grade school and graduated from Gregory High School in 1945. He lived in Gregory for most of his life. The last year of his life he lived with his son David and wife Judy in Harford, SD until he moved into the Good Samaritan Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

After graduating from high school, Ken enlisted in the United States Army on June 27, 1945 and was honorably discharged on November 25, 1946. On September 3, 1949, he married Orvilla Layh in Luverne, MN and they made their home in Gregory. To this union four sons, David, Douglas, Dennis, and Darryl and two daughters, Debra and Darla were born. One daughter, Debra, died at the age of 1 ½ years.

Ken worked several years at Gregory Independent Oil Company. While working there, he started Drey's Septic Tank Service, which he owned and operated until he retired in 2007 at the age of 80.

After the death of Orvilla, Ken married Donna Horton in 1982. Five step-children and their families were added to the family. He spent his spare time planting flowers and tending his garden. He loved sitting on his deck visiting with family and friends.

Ken is survived by three sons David (Judy) Drey of Hartford, SD, and his two sons, Tim (Kristi) Drey and Jim (Sheena) Drey; Dennis (Mitzi) Drey of Sioux Falls, SD, and their two sons, Adam (Maria) Drey and Alex Drey; Darryl (Robbie) Drey of Houston, TX, and his two sons, Ryan Drey and Troy (Amanda) Drey; and one daughter Darla (Terry) Frank of Hartington, NE, and children Aaron (Leslie) Frank and Kaly (Nathan) Rutar; and grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; his step-children Carol (Dutch) TeSlaa, Bruce Horton, Terry (Jill) Horton, Jody (Terry) Leibel, and Kip Horton; step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, and step-great-great grandchildren; and two sisters Edith Mae Brook and Beverly Canon and their families.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wives Orvilla and Donna, his son Douglas, and his daughter Debra.

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A prayer service for Kenneth Ivan Drey was held Sunday evening April 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory. A memorial service was held Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Godfrey Muwanga as Celebrant.

Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist, and the St. Joseph Choir singing "Amazing Grace," "Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine," and "On Eagles Wings."

Marie Vosika was in charge of registration.

Tim and Kristi Drey were flower attendants.

Cantor was Doris Jelinek. Reader was Rita Grim.

Urn Bearers were Tim Drey, Aaron Frank, Ryan Drey, and Adam Drey.

Burial with Military Honors was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.

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After Glow

I'd like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an after glow
Of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve,
To dry before the sun
Of happy memories
That I leave when life is done.

--Author Unknown