BILL G. CREECH, 83, passed away on October 31, 2012 of respiratory failure at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. Born in Cumberland, Kentucky on December 25, 1928, he served in the army from 1950-1952. After discharge, he remained in Texas, earning a Masters and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 1957.
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He worked as a clinical biochemist in numerous Houston area medical laboratories since 1958, including pioneering work in lipid analysis with Dr. DeBakey at The Methodist Hospital, and setting up the Lunar Receiving Lab at NASA for the Apollo moon missions. He taught medical technologists in the Texas Medical Center for many years, was on faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and worked as a consulting clinical chemist for Kelsey Seybold Clinic, Houston Northwest Pathology Group, and numerous other institutions throughout the greater Houston area. He never retired. He loved bass and fly-fishing, fly-tying, and his Doberman dogs.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pat Creech; his brother, Jack Creech and his wife, Jo; his daughter, Carol Creech and her husband, Paul Kendall; and his grandson, Robert Harker, II.
A memorial service will be held at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Christian Appalachian Project at www.christianapp.org.
Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 7, 2012