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ROBERT CRESON

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NORMAN Robert Frank Creson was born July 17, 1927, to Edward and Laura (Clift) Creson in Fayetteville, TN. The family moved to the little village of Booneville when he was 4 years old, and they lived there until he was high school age, then moved back to Fayetteville. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as World War II was still ongoing. By the time he reached basic training, the war was over, but he was committed to making the Army his career. After basic and other training, the Army opened OCS (officer training), and he applied for and was accepted into the first OCS class after WW II at the Infantry School. In 1947, at the age of 19, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Infantry. He then went to paratrooper training and was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division in Japan. When the Korean War started, he volunteered for Ranger Training and served in the 8th Army Ranger Company in Korea. Later, he served in the 187th Airborne Regional Combat Team, where he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in combat action and later, the Bronze Star for bravery in infantry combat. He was wounded twice in combat action for which he received the Purple Heart. After two Korean tours and 67 parachute jumps overall (two in Korea), he was assigned as the Professor of Military Science at Robert E. Lee Institute in Thomaston, GA. He then attended flight training and became a pilot (his great love) and served as Operations Officer of the Army Aviation School. He was then assigned to the General Staff of U.S. Army Europe, where he met Lt. Carol Roelofs, an Army nurse, the love of his life. After the Europe tour, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC, where he commanded major aviation units and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his outstanding performance of duty. He retired from the Army in 1970 as a colonel. In 1971, he was selected to set up and manage the Transportation Safety Institute of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, which brought him and his family to Oklahoma. For his leadership and management of the Institute, he received the Secretary of Transportation's Silver Award of Meritorious Achievement and later, the Outstanding Service Award. Since he went straight from high school to the Army, he started night school at Oklahoma City University and received a BS degree and MBA to fulfill his strong desire of completing his education. In the late 80s, Bob, along with other leaders, was a moving force in STOP, a grass roots movement in a statewide initiative petition drive that resulted in a 1992 amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution which vested the power to tax in the people. His patriotism, love of country and service to community were inspirational and helped make positive things happen. Bob also served on the Norman City Council (Ward 5) from 1987 to 1989. While serving, he worked with other officials to secure funding to install twin bridges on east Alameda that was subject to major flooding. Bob was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and willingly served in many callings, including Bishop of the Norman 2nd Ward from 1982 to 1985. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Lynn. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol; his daughter, Nola Hansen and her husband Ross; son, Clint; and daughter, LesLee Lynch and her husband Robin; his grandchildren, Tayler Hansen Chambers and husband Rendon, Cara Hansen, Molly Hansen, Cole Creson, and Clifton Nevels and his wife Shauna; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 1 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1506 W. Imhoff Road, Norman, OK. Visitation will be held at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman, OK, Monday, June 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the ; or the LDS Missionary Fund, 15 E South Temple, SLC, UT 84150. Interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements for Robert and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com

Published in The Oklahoman on June 29, 2014
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