Bernard “Ben” John Dreher, 63, passed away on Oct. 1, 2018

Bernard “Ben” John Dreher, 63, of El Dorado, passed away  peacefully on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.  
Visitation with family present will be from 5-7  p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado.  Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the El Dorado First United Methodist Church, led by Pastor Mik King.  
Ben was born on March 24, 1955, weighing 2 pounds and 2 ounces, the son of Alfred Aloysius and Louise Lena (Lauber) Dreher in Meade, Kan. His mother passed away when Ben was 22 months old and his father remarried, Annie Bitter Stout when Ben was 7. He grew up in Plains, Kan.  He graduated Class of 1974, from Southwestern Heights High School. He was a member of FFA and ran cross-country and track while in school. On July 24, 1976, he was united in marriage to Connie Sue Adams McKinley at the First United Methodist Church in Hooker, Okla. On April 18, 1980, they were blessed with a daughter, Jennifer Anna Louise.
Ben was a hard worker and was able to see a need and meet it. He started out working with his dad as a farm hand and at his dad’s service station, Al’s Service in Plains. He worked for Butler and Seward County EMS as an EMT. He drove trucks for Hogoboom Trucking for several years, and then worked in maintenance at Pioneer Balloon, followed by a career at the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.  Ben’s last years of service were spent at Creative Community Living and then Flint Hills services assisting with the developmentally disabled.  For the last 20 years Ben and Connie have been loving foster parents to many youths in need.  They even received an award in 2014 for their service in foster care.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Elks Club, Butler County Blazers Coach, Special Olympic Coach, Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp (for children) volunteer, and Interim Hospice volunteer. He loved playing Santa to many, reading, gardening, woodworking, building, and tinkering with cars. Ben collected tools, ink pens and hats. He thoroughly enjoyed George Strait music, John Wayne, Walker Texas Ranger shows, and trips to Red River, New Mexico. Ben was a very patriotic man and always stopped veterans or military persons to thank them for their service and sacrifice. Most of all he loved and cared for his family and his grand-pups.
His survivors include: his wife, Connie of 42 years; daughter and her husband, Jennifer and Jason Taylor of El Dorado; sister, Jackie (Larry) Hoag of El Dorado; brother, Harold Stout of Park City; grand-pups, Xander, Ginger and Aspen; numerous family, nieces and nephews, friends, and co-workers.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents; Grandma Mamie Bitter; siblings, Nancy Gordon, Teresa Kraclicek, Cathy Hicks, Alfred Dreher Jr., and an infant brother, Gerard; sister-in-law, Nancy Stout; his dogs, Blackie and Lori; grand-pup, Cocoa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Operation Home Front, 1355 Central Parkway S, Suite 100, San Antonio, Texas 78232, https://www.operationhomefront.org/ways to give. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Ben at www.carlsoncolonial.com.