Floyd Creekmore (Associated Press)
The world's oldest clown has died, according to The Associated Press. Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore of Billings, Montana, died at 98 of heart disease complications. The rancher-turned-clown began his career as a mirth maker in the 1980s, retiring from the world of cattle and turning his energies toward the Shrine Circus and their work helping children. Creekmore put in thousands of hours as Creeky, raising money to build hospitals and entertaining sick children with his juggling, magic tricks and general clown high jinks.
In 2012, Creekmore was recognized by the Guinness World Records organization as the world's oldest performing clown, at 95. That was the last year that Creekmore put on his greasepaint and giant shoes. Later in 2012, Creekmore's wife of 74 years, Betty, died. Creekmore's son, David Creekmore, told The Associated Press that his father continued to attend Shriners' clown meetings, but never again donned his signature costume and makeup.
This summer, Creeky did come out of retirement for just one trick, performed at a friend's 90th birthday party. According to The Associated Press, he told a woman to tie two scarves together and then – with a leering eye toward his audience – announced that he would stuff the scarves down the front of her blouse. Two men grabbed an end of each scarf and pulled as hard as they could. A bra popped out, tied between the scarves, leaving the crowd to roar and the lady to grasp at her blouse.
According to David Creekmore, his father's passion for clowning never dimmed through the years.
"A lot of people go clear through life and are never really passionate about something," the son said. "Boy, he had the passion. He jumped into that with both feet."
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