Phillip M. Creese Sr.
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Phil, 58, beloved W-G softball coach, died Wednesday at his home surrounded by his family. Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Woodward Granger High School Gym. Burial will be in the Woodward Cemetery, directly across from the Phil Creese Softball Complex. Visitation will be Saturday, starting at 1:00 p.m. also at the gymnasium. His family will be present from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are respectfully suggested to the family for a softball scholarship. He is survived by his wife Michelle; his father Herb Creese of Panora; son, Phil Jr. (Colleen) of Woodward; daughters Cris McAfee (Clint) of Osceola and Stephanie Sloss (Rick) of Perry; grandchildren: Kelli and Shawn McAfee, Samantha and Quintin Smith, and Kayli Sloss; brother Kevin Creese of Jamaica; sisters Debbie Wuebker (Jerome) of Perry; Kathy Robinson (Dan) of Altoona; and Sherry Kincaid of Texas; aunts Pat Quessenberry (Bud) of Seymour, MO and Margaret Hammontree of Cape Fair, MO; nieces, nephews, many
other relatives; 832 softball daughters; nieces, nephews; and a host of friends.
Phil was born September 4, 1954 in Guthrie Center, IA. As his father's occupation took the family to different locations, Phil attended school in several midwest towns. After his schooling, Phil joined the U.S. Marines where he served three years in active duty and one year in the reserves. Phil was married to Kathy Norgart in1979 and they were parents of four children; Cris, Evan Kelly, Stephanie, and Phil. They lived in Woodward and Phil purchased their new home in the 1980's and interestingly, it was next to the softball field! Phil worked for Firestone for 32 years, retiring in 2010. Phil was a very generous neighbor and friend and what started as being a helper, turned into his lawn and snow business known as Creese Lawn care. He started his career in softball coaching in the 1980's, which continued to the present. Phil coached 10 and under, 12 and under and 14 and under…becoming High School coach in 2000. Phil was a very successful coach, taking teams to District play and to state in 2004 and 2010. He was honored as Iowa High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2010 and April 20, 2012, the softball complex was named for him. Phil met Michelle Austin while they worked in the bulk mail center and they married in 1996. She supported him in his love of his family and the Woodward-Granger school, softball and community. Michelle was considerate of Phil's desire to be very supportive not only with time but of money. He could be found walking the ditches of Hwy 141 for pop cans which would be redeemed to support the team's equipment needs and he purchased many bats and balls personally. It almost goes without saying how much he loved his family, especially his grandchildren, but also the many, many softball players and other children and adults he touched throughout his life.
Phil was preceded in death by his mother Evelyn (Wolf) Creese in 1993, his brother Kelly in 1972, son Evan Kelly and grandson Gabriel February 16, 2012; and many loved ones who had touched his life through the years. Online condolences may be made to www.hastingfh.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, Perry, Iowa 50220.
Hastings Funeral Home
1417 Second Street
Perry, IA 50220
Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2013