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Donald Dreyer

Donald Paul Dreyer

Saturday, September 18th, 1943 - Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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Obituary

Donald Paul Dreyer D.V.M., age 76, passed away peacefully at his home on December 12, 2019. He was born September 18, 1943, in Rushville, NE to Paul and Blanche (Peterson) Dreyer.

Don grew up in Hay Springs, NE on the family farm and graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1961. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Dana College in Blair, NE in 1965 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1969.
Don embarked on a lifelong career of caring for animals, always cultivating enduring friendships with their owners and his staff. After working in Denver for 2 years, he came to Longmont and became a partner at the Animal Hospital, where he practiced for 48 years until shortly before his passing.

He became a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1971 and served in various capacities over the years. He shared the talent of his beautiful voice in the Chancel Choir and special services. In 1972 Don joined the Rotary Club of Longmont, as he felt strongly in its purpose of providing humanitarian service around the world. He served on their Board, and those of the St. Vrain Music Association, Colorado-Chernobyl Health Alliance, Longmont Humane Society, Longs Peak Veterinary Medical Association, Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of Colorado and American Veterinary Medical Associations.

Throughout his career and partial retirement, Don spent as much time as he could at the family farm and mountain cabin. He was an avid reader, especially books about WWII, history, investing, politics, and he read his many magazines cover to cover. He followed college sports, most especially Nebraska Corn Huskers football. Don and Leslie shared their love of classical music and were longtime supporters of Longmont and Boulder Symphonies. Don had little use for the computer age but being able to check the "ranch rain" numerous times daily brought him great satisfaction. He didn't google, he went straight to his 1988 World Book Encyclopedias. He was passionate about his family farm, planting trees by the thousands, keeping up the paint and repairs and reflecting during long, early morning walks. He was dedicated to honoring the legacies of his forefathers and strove to preserve the fields, farms, streams, and mountains for future generations.
Don married Myra Jo Rose on August 31, 1968 in Longmont. They raised their two sons, Jay and Lee in a home full of love, laughter, music, sports, and many adored pets. Myra Jo Rose passed away in a car accident in 2001. Don married Leslie Winship on August 9, 2003 in Longmont.

Don will be remembered for his kindness, gentle manner and interest in the lives of everyone he met and knew. His ready smile conveyed an abiding geniality and his handshake, an affirmation of trust. He treated people and animals with respect and compassion. His friends and family know him as a lifelong environmentalist, ardent recycler, and a champion of social consciousness. He leaves a legacy of honesty, humility and hard work for his children and grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents Paul Martin and Blanche Carolyn Dreyer, his wife Myra Jo Rose and his brother-in-law J. Conrad Bauer.
Don is survived by his wife, Leslie of Longmont; his son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Kristin Dreyer of Manning, IA; his son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Megan Dreyer of Lincoln, NE; Leslie's children, Krystal Winship Erazo and her husband Edison of Longmont; John Winship and his wife Shelby of Johnstown, CO; his sister Ruth Bauer of Wray, CO; his adoring grandchildren Quentin Dreyer and Eli Dreyer of Manning, Miles Dreyer and Max Dreyer of Lincoln, Kamila Erazo and Josep Erazo of Longmont, and Madison Jo Winship of Johnstown. He is further survived by his 12 nieces and nephews with 14 great-nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law Anabel Rose, sister-in-law and her husband, Deborah and Allan Guse, and revered extended family. He leaves behind many treasured friends and his adored cat, Sofee.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 4- 6 p.m. at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel at 326 Terry St. Longmont, CO. The funeral service will be Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 803 3rd Ave. Longmont, CO. Burial will take place on Friday, December 20, 2019 in Hay Springs, NE at Pine Knoll Cemetery at the Dreyer Ranch.
The family would like to give special thanks to Don's medical providers Kaiser Permanente, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, and TRU Community Care.
Memorial donations are suggested to First Evangelical Lutheran Church or Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley and may be made through Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St, Longmont, CO 80501.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
    Address
    326 Terry St.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    First Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Address
    803 Third Ave.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Reception

    Location
    First Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Address
    803 Third Ave.
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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    Reception will immediately follow the funeral on Wed. Dec. 18, 2019 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Lynn Ferguson

Posted at 12:58pm
We wanted to let Leslie and the family know how sorry we are Donald is gone and how important he was to our lives...so can not imagine the effect of his loss in your lives. As you know we worked together almost 40 years.... And he had that sense of humor that we appreciated at work as well......One thing he/we would always banter back and forth when one of us was sick (which was extremely rare for Don) was ya...but can you still work! For some reason no matter how bad you felt trying to finish out a day sick it would bring a smile to our(the partners faces).
Yes we will miss him lots and his humor.
Love Lynn and Lisa
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Jack Jensen

Posted at 09:47pm
I happened upon Dr. Dreyer's obituary this evening, and I am stunned to learn of his death. What a stark reminder that we need to stay in better touch with those we have known and loved! Dr. Dreyer and his partners at Animal Hospital gave me my first job in the world at the age of something like 14. The opportunity, the education, the friendship, the trust they all placed in me - this has had an incalculable impact on my life! I have reflected on this often, with deep gratitude. Truly Dr. Dreyer and everyone at Animal Hospital became a second family for me. Donald Dreyer - you were an exemplar! A superb veterinarian, a man of kindness and compassion with such dear and gentle bedside manner, a superb father (always proud of your sons)...I observed with admiration the playful, loving relationship you had with Myra Jo as the ideal of the married couple...your commitment to community activity and endeavors - a great citizen! I so deeply regret that over the past many years I did not make a better effort to see you and tell you these things in person. Thank you, Donald Dreyer, for the life you lived, for the care you gave to so many of God's creatures, both man and beast, thank you for the opportunities you gave me in my young life...you gave me one of the greatest gifts one person can give another, the feeling that you "believed in me"..the gratitude I feel for you is unending. To your family I offer my deepest sympathy as your farewell this magnificent man.
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Susanna S. Bolton

Posted at 02:17pm
Last year at this time, Don sang "O Holy Night" for our Rotary group. Accompanied by his voice teacher, Sally Campbell, it was one of the most beautiful carols ever. I will always remember Don's song, and how humble and kind he was.
-Sue Bolton
HS

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Posted at 10:19am
Uncle Don will always be in our hearts! Love, Allison, Brian, Garrett, Cooper, and Davis
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Nortons,Sypals, and Wallaces

Posted at 12:41pm
We are so very sorry for your loss. Love you all and are holding you up in our prayers.
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