|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1942|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 2012|
Kermit O. Creager, 69, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born in the spring of 1942 in Chicago, Ill., to Alberta McGinnis and Kermit Loy Creager. Kermit was a passionate, lively character who made an indelible impression on everyone who had the unique pleasure of knowing him. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Niles North High School in Niles, Ill., in 1961. He attended technical college in Chicago, and was soon thereafter employed by Illinois Bell Telephone in 1962, where he worked for the next 30 years. He helped install some of the first cellular towers across the Chicagoland area. In fact, Kermit could always tell you the best place to have lunch in most Chicago area neighborhoods. Kermit married Shirley Baker in 1982, and they lived in McHenry, Ill., where he was a deacon of the Faith Presbyterian Church and a Boy Scout troop leader for many years. In 1992, he retired from Illinois Bell and started a remodeling company with his son, Thomas, called Creager's Custom Cabinetry. His skills as a builder were excellent, and he was happy to use his talents helping others. Kermit built the checkout desk and computer tables in the Viroqua Public Library and remodeled the shelving in the children's library.
Moving to Westby in 1995 with his wife Shirley, Kermit enjoyed volunteering in the community. He helped build Eckhart Enchantment playground, and since 1997, was a member of Wild West Days, where he designed and built the livery stable among many other construction projects for the annual August festival. He liked helping Shirley sell raffle tickets to win a horse at the event. Kermit loved living in Wisconsin, where he built a stable and barn for horses, a gift for Shirley, who had wanted her very own horses since she was a little girl. Kermit was also fond of horses from a young age. In high school, he groomed stable horses in exchange for rides.
The most important part of life for Kermit was his family, as he was a proud father, doting grandfather and loving husband. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, William and Thomas; daughters, Bonnie (James), Kristin (Terrence) and Donnell (Timothy) and grandchildren, Nicole, Christopher, Makala, Kyah, Noah and Adler.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 14, at Reetz Funeral Home, Viroqua. Officiating at the service was Pastor Lindsay Paul Jordan with burial in Bloomingdale Cemetery, rural Westby. Casket bearers were Fritz Perkins, John Bonney, Dr. Jeff Menn, Dave Cahoon, Mike Sletten and Myron O'Degard and the Wild West Days Marshalls as honor guard. Visitation was held on Tuesday evening, March 13, at Reetz Funeral Home and on Wednesday, March 14, prior to funeral services.
Memorials will be used to help build a wood workers shop at the Wild West Days grounds in memory of Kermit.
Created by: John Warrick Burriss
Record added: Mar 10, 2012
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