About In Memory of Garrett Dreiling

Garrett's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, friends and family may donate to this fund at Be Head Strong, in his memory. Garrett’s wishes were to increase the awareness of melanoma by promoting early detection and screening. Be Head Strong supports brain tumor patients and their caregivers in the Kansas City metro area. Thank you in advance for helping remember Garrett in this meaningful way. If you would prefer to donate by check, you may mail those to: Be Head Strong, 3200 McCormick Rd, Kansas City, KS 66115. (Tax ID: 71-0899918)

Garrett Evan Dreiling, 34, of Gardner, KS, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on November 23, 2020. Garrett was born January 11, 1986, in Wichita, KS, to Daryl P. and Debra A. (Stoss) Dreiling. There will be a visitation at Bruce Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 1 PM to 8 PM (Bruce Funeral Home: 106 South Center, Gardner, KS 66030). Per the family’s wishes, to preserve the health and safety of others, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Gardner, KS with burial to follow at the St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed on the Parish Facebook page. 

Garrett had a creative mind, demonstrating from an early age his artistic talent through drawing and poetry. He was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Life Scout, Order of the Arrow, and was a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He had the adventure of backpacking across miles of trails at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He had a love for the outdoors and hunting.

After graduating from Gardner-Edgerton High School in 2004, he completed his certification from the Southeast Lineman Training Center in Trenton, GA. He started his career with Slater Electric & Sons of Prospect, PA, as he pursued his journeyman license. He then relocated back to Gardner and was employed with Brooks Electric as a commercial lead electrician.

Garrett was an inventive “Do it Yourselfer” who enjoyed tinkering, mechanics, and hands-on projects. He always put his friends and family first. His friends would describe him as someone with a bright smile, great attitude, and one who was always kind and humble. He was a hard worker who was always willing to help others.


Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Daryl and Debra Dreiling of Gardner; three brothers, Ryan (Carly) Dreiling of Shawnee, Jarrod (Niki) Dreiling of Overland Park, and Grant (Jennifer) Dreiling of Lenexa; five nieces, Ava, Olivia, Allison, Adaline, and Savannah; his maternal grandparents, William and Dorothy Stoss of Great Bend, KS; and his loyal canine companion, Mick.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frederick F. and Irene Dreiling.

The family would like to personally thank the dedicated care and efforts provided by his doctors and nurses: Dr. Clough and Jessie, Dr. Doolittle and Kristen, Dr. Koffman, and his hospice nurses Aubrie and Michelle. We also would like to thank his work family at Brooks Electric for their continuous and generous support.