Edward J. Creske, 86, founder and CEO of Wausau Tile and Imperial Industries, died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.
He was born May 14, 1927, in Peplin, the son of the late Vincent and Antonette (Spengel) Chruscicki.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce; his children, Dr. Mary Creske (Dr. Kirk Ryskamp), Palm Springs, Calif., Bill (Char) Creske, Mosinee, and Cindy (Jim) Schwartz, Apple Valley, Minn.; grandchildren, Ben, Scott and Kate Creske, and Brett and Brooke Wallace; step-granddaughters, Lindsay and Regan Schwartz; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Blake Creske; brother-in-law, Frank Onopa; sister-in-law, Helen Chruscicki; and many other brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was the youngest of eight children all of whom have preceded him in death, Wanda Chruscicki, Josephine (Bob) Wilks (Bill) Thiel, Violet (Bob) Fanter, Genevieve Chruscicki, Lillian (Frank) Onopa, Frank (Helen) Chruscicki and Stella (Ed) Onopa.
Ed was a World War II Naval veteran. His first job was as a bartender in his parents Peplin Bar. He married Joyce Grassl on July 10, 1948. Later that year he was hired by Donaldson Flooring Company in Rockford, Ill., and soon rose from laborer to job supervisor. He learned the terrazzo trade by traveling from Illinois to New York working on large commercial projects.
In 1953 Ed went into business for himself starting Northern Mar-Flex Company out of his garage in Mosinee. With countless hours of hard work, good decisions, dedicated employees and a bit of luck this company evolved into the Wausau Tile and Imperial Industries of today. Work was his passion, which he enjoyed until his last day. He loved to travel and spend time with family and friends.
Ed was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church where he served as an usher, board member and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served as a board member for Associated Bank, M and I Bank and the Marshfield Hospital. He was an entrepreneur, visionary, and hard worker who will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and incredible memory.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mosinee. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be again from 10 a.m. Friday until time of services at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Wisconsin Honor Flight, Macular Degeneration Foundation or the Wounded Warrior's Project.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2013