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Michael Hans Dreher

May 31, 1947October 8, 2019
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Michael Hans Dreher passed away on October 8, 2019 due to pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Kerry Mills Dreher of Keller, his daughter Lisa Dreher of Laredo, his daughter Christine Dreher-Bush of North Richland Hills, his son Matthias Dreher, who lives in Europe, and grandsons William Bush and Samuel Bush, of North Richland Hills. Mike was born on May 31st, 1947 in Koenigsbronn, Germany to Wilhelm and Gisela Dreher. He joined the German Air Force at the age of 18 and rose through the ranks to become a fighter pilot, even winning the Top Gun competition while stationed in the United States in 1969. His military career brought him to North Texas, where he was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX, first as a student and later as an instructor pilot while taking part in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.

Mike loved Texas and chose to remain after his retirement from the military. It was here that he met his wife, Kerry, and they traveled the world together from Berlin to Bangkok before settling in the DFW area.

After his military service, Mike was also a successful businessman, finally serving as the CEO of Kannegiesser USA until 2017. He worked long hours and flew everywhere on business trips but always looked forward to coming home and spending time with his family.

He enjoyed drinking light beer, especially Modelo, and eating Haribo candy. He also liked staying up at night to watch the news and then Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, all the while drinking a glass of bourbon and talking with his daughter.

Besides traveling and sailing, Mike and Kerry enjoyed bike riding, driving around in Mike’s beloved blue and white VW Beetle with the top down, watching movies, visiting family, and even working puzzles. Mike finally convinced Kerry to get into a small 4-seater plane and fly around the North Texas area. That took some good persuading.

Even in his second retirement, Mike had boundless energy for work. He became an instructor pilot again, this time for a private company in 2018, bringing his love of flying to a new generation of students. Mike was also very passionate about sailing, and rarely happier than when he was on his boat with family and friends, the wind at his back and the sun upon his smiling face.

His kindness, compassion, and love of life were an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to know him, and he will be missed by many.

Mike’s funeral Mass will be at 10:30am on Friday, October 11th, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, TX.

Services

  • Rosary Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 11, 2019

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Frank Gundrum

October 14, 2019

Our hearts are broken and deepest condolences to Kerry and Lisa. Knowing Mike for over 20 years has been an honor. He always brought his smile and friendship with no expectations in return. When I first met Mike he approached me and my wife Lisa, not looking to make friends but to be a friend. Our fondest memories at the Polka Boys in Indianapolis and many Germany trips with Mike will always remind us the of the wonderful person he was. I still have the motorcycle riding coveralls he gave me when he dropped his bike in the driveway one time and decided it was enough for awhile. I am 5'10" and Mikes comment was I will grow into them. God bless you Mike Dreher, you will be highly missed.

Susanne Hees

October 14, 2019

Honored and blessed to have known Michael Dreher, I am really shocked and deeply saddened about his sudden departure. I will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain. Susanne from Kannegiesser Italia Srl

Donette Kendall

October 12, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, Kerry and Lisa and all of Mike’s family. We didn’t know him very well but I’ve known Kerry for many , many years and I could tell that Mike made her very happy. I am grateful to him for that.
I pray for your peace in this time of sorrow and loss.

Tony Jackson

October 11, 2019

Initially, my interview and first meeting over 9 years ago with Mike was very intimidating shaking hands with a taller and very powerful businessman. Over time, I realized his kind heart and caring attitude for all of his team and friends made it easy to work for such an amazing boss. Mike was a true leader that made you want to run through a wall for him on the business side while he also had the awareness to teach the importance of the home life balance and sincerely cared for my family. Mike, you taught me more than just being a salesman by doing things the right way with dignity. I will miss your stories as it was great to recently get together a couple months ago and hear a few more. You will be greatly missed by all. My deepest sympathy not only to the family but to the world as we just lost one of the best men I have ever known.

EDWARD MCCAULEY

October 11, 2019

Mike was the quintessential German - proper and to the point. I started doing business with Kannegiesser and Mike because of his ability to put my concerns to rest. I felt whatever the problem was he would make it right and he always did. Over time, we got to be good friends and one day I asked Mike to come to Indianapolis to see the Polka Boys play. He looked at me and said very dryly "Ed, I've seen many polka bands I don't need to see another one". I begged him and told him this is different and so he came anyway being a good sport for his customer. He politely showed up and was blown away by this band to the point where bought the CD's for his staff in Dallas!
I will always remember Mike as a gentleman and I am blessed to have been touched by his friendship. He will be sorely missed.

Class 86-07

October 11, 2019

Thanks Mike for showing us the ropes.
May you soar the skies forever!

Respectfully
Yours

Class 86-07
ENJJPT, Sheppard AFB, Tx

Uli Bauer

October 11, 2019

My heart is broken, I lost a close friend, an excellent pilot and a great human.. Mike and I go way back we were together in Jever, Memmingen and Sheppard AFB. He flew his last F104G flight with me. I am so sad that I was notified to late, unable to coordinate release from work and a timely flight to Dallas. My heart goes out to the whole family and friends.
My sincere condolence
Uli Bauer & Manuela Bauer

Tom Terry

October 11, 2019

I had the honor of meeting Mike in the mid 1980’s working at Washex. He is very instrumental in the way my life has turned out. He was a great man and an amazing role model on how to treat people. Mike was larger than life when I met him. From being a fighter pilot to riding the prettiest BMW motorcycle to work. I was lucky enough to play golf with him in what he would say “is the best golf tournament ever”, the Hospice golf tournament. We were not to successful in winning but always had the best time trying. It was impossible not to have a great time when you were with Mike. He knew how to live life to the fullest. I will miss the birthday text from him every year, that continued after his retirement. I will miss my friend. God bless you mike and your family.

Svenja & Sandra Krumme

October 10, 2019

In 2009, I’ve got known to one of the most inspiring man that I have ever met – it was Mike. He welcomed me at my first trip to the Kannegiesser offices with a smile on his face, and in a way that just made me feel comfortable in the US from the very first minute.

Since then, he provided a lot of professional advice, and a lot of treasury moments not just to myself, but also to my sister. Whenever we were traveling privately in the US, he always said: “come over, we are going to have fun together…”, and we really had fun together…sometimes on his sail boat(s), at his house, or other special places that you can find in Texas.

Even though he was often flying high with his planes, he always had “two feet on the ground.” Talks with him were fully stuffed with great stories. We could just sit there for hours and listen to him. He made a great journey through his life that deserves our fullest respect. We are so thankful that we were allowed to cross his path for a while.

Mike, hopefully, God puts you in a great spot from where you can watch us all how grateful we are going to use all the advice and your experiences that you have shared with us…Herzlichen Dank für Alles - wir werden Dich vermissen!

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, which he truly loved.

W. Blaine Jackson

October 10, 2019

I had the distinct pleasure knowing Mike for over 35+ years, initially as a friendly competitor in business, then as business associates on the same team, and most importantly as the relationship grew, we counted each other as deep personal friends.

Unbeknownst at the time, all the way back to our separate military days (circa 1970's) we possibly crossed paths on the Memmigen base in Germany, where Mike was assigned, and I had spent some time there as well. As there were a few local watering holes close by, we just might have shared a bier or two!

As time passed we ended up in New Orleans working for the same orginazation. That is where the stronger friendship grew. We both would arrive in our offices 'early', and he knew my wife would bring fresh baked goods on a regular basis. Typically my phone would ring - and Mike would ask "should I bring my coffee cup over", and we then would just sit, talk about business and life, and that would start our day. Wonderful times. I was Blessed to have had Mike as a mentor and friend in my life.

I learned to really appreciate what life had to offer from Mike. His quiet, positive attitude, and outlook spoke volumes. There are only a select few that have. That nature, and Herr Dreher was one of a kind.

I will miss our conversations now, but I know Mike is At Peace.

God Rest His Soul

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