HENRY ROLAND DREYER
January 9, 1959 – August 6, 2016
Henry Roland Dreyer, 57, of Smith Valley Nevada, left this mortal existence early Saturday morning to start haulin’ hay in Heaven!
Henry was born January 9, 1959 in Carson City, Nevada to Roland Henry Dreyer and Joan P. MacKenzie Dreyer, growing up in Minden on the Dreyer Ranch where the Dreyer hoggies ate their fill and wallowed by the side of U.S.Highway 395, greeting all who entered Minden.
Henry attended schools in Douglas County and, after graduation from Douglas High School, got a part-time job with Meneley Motors as a mechanic’s helper for parts. This first job gave Henry the know-how he needed to repair his beloved TRACTORS; he loved them and boy could he fix them! He even explained to his son Roland that the Dreyer family would go homeless before he would get rid of one of his dozens of cherished tractors. Henry has left his family a wonderful collection of tractors of all makes and all sizes and he especially loved his rare, antique tractors.
Henry worked with Eagle Valley Construction (Ivan Farnworth) where he got his start driving trucks and operating heavy equipment, frequently working his skip loader at Schwake’s Pit. Eventually Henry bought a truck from Ivan, then another as he started hauling alfalfa hay over most of Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Arizona.
Henry devoted much of his adult life to serving the community as a volunteer firefighter with Douglas County Engine Company No. 1. He was honored by the Minden Town Board for his quarter century of devotion to the Engine Company, its historic engines and the fabled Minden firehouse and its noon whistle.
Henry was involved with several tractor and gun associations, and he looked forward with real anticipation every year, to the annual Carson Valley Tractor Pull and the Iggy and Squiggy’s Quad Rides.
Henry is survived by his wife, Kathy Dreyer; his father Roland Dreyer; brother Kurt Dreyer (Erica); his nieces Alicia Della and Julia; his children; Genevieve, Roland, and Matia; step children Andrea, Rob, Sam, Ryan, and Katie; 9
grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Henry was a tall man, of few words, but carried a huge heart. His children tell stories of Henry always helping someone out, no matter the problem or the time of day or night. He was a gentle giant who, as his daughter Matia said, will be remembered forever for his great laugh and ALWAYS delivering his kids to school on time, whether in his fire-engine red Jeep, his one-ton flatbed, his back hoe or the baler.
A family burial service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Smith Valley.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made at Wells Fargo Bank to the Henry R. Dreyer Memorial Fund.