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Monroe ”Spike” Dreher
04/17/1918 — 07/19/2002
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Blytheville, Arkansas
Monroe ”Spike” Dreher
Monroe Spike Dreher, 84, of Richland, died at 2:35 p.m. July 19, 2002, at Alterra Columbia Edgewater. He was born April 17, 1918, in Blytheville, Arkansas and had lived in the Tri-Cities over 50 years.
Spike received his nickname in his high school and college football years because his head was smaller than his helmet. Spike played one year, 1939, at the University of Denver and from 1939 1941 for Mississippi State University. One of his favorite proud memories is when he played lineman on the Mississippi State Orange Bowl team in 1941, winning - State 14 to Georgetown 7. In 1992, he attended a reunion of the remaining team members when MSU played the Orange Bowl again. The 1941 team was introduced during the half time.
Spike came with Dupont in 1944 to work at Hanford as a process operator and became a senior quality assurance engineer. He retired from Battelle in 1970 and from WPPSS in 1984. He was a member of Central United Protestant Church.
He enjoyed photography and camping and loved to fish on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Spike was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, in 1985 and by his son, John, in 1998.
He is survived by daughter, Sandy Wierman; grandchildren, Miles F. Wierman, Kimberli R. Dreher and Jeremy E. Dreher; and great grandchildren, Tiana R. Wierman and John P. Dreher.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2002, in Sunset Memorial Gardens. For those who would like to visit with the family, a get together is planned at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the TV room at Alterra with refreshments provided.
Much thanks to the staff at Alterra for their loving, tender care of my dad while he maintained residence there.
Sandy…Janis & I express our sincere condolences for the loss of your Dad.
May all of your memories be those of the ‘good times’.
Gary Behymer Col-Hi 1964
Janis Cookie Behymer Kennewick 1965
Seekers 1964 to 1967
We had so many good times together. I worked with Spike at 1706 KER and at WPPSS. If it hadn’t been for Spike, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. He hired me to work for him at KER and started me on my career as a Quality Assurance Engineer.
He will be remembered always.
My sympathy to all of you who loved Spike. I worked with Spike at the CSE project at the 200W Area at Hanford in the late ’60’s. Spike was our most competent and efficient “majordomo” of the project. He helped me do my job in so many ways and he was good natured and always a pleasure to talk to. I missed him when he left Hanford and I will continue to miss him and remember him with fondness the rest of my life.
Sandy: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
I often think of you.
Louise M. Moyers