Morris A. Kreegar
July 10, 1925 ~ June 21, 2014
Morris A Kreegar, 88, a World War II veteran, died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. Luke's Meridian Hospital in Meridian, ID after a brief illness.
Morrie, as he was known by friends and family, was born in Anderson, Indiana on July 10, 1925 to Chester O. and Bernice (Zion) Kreegar. Morris lived in the Anderson area until his enlistment in the US Navy on November 16, 1942. He took basic training at the Great Lakes Navel Training Station in Illinois, followed by 16 weeks of schooling at the University of Minnesota Cooks and Bakers school where he advanced to 3rd Class Petty Officer and was then assigned duty aboard the destroyer USS Hall. Morris was proud to say he held five ratings in active duty during World War II, finishing as Seaman Cook First Class/ Chief Commissary Steward. Morris received ribbons for the American Theatre, European African (2 stars), Asiatic Pacific (7 stars), Philippine Liberation (2 stars), and the Good Conduct and Victory Metals. He started his tour on the Hall with the escort of President Roosevelt to the Teheran Conference and after 29 invasions ended his tour on ship after the battle for Okinawa. On June 23, 1945 the Hall left Okinawa for overhaul at San Pedro, CA where the men all took leave.
Morris returned to Indiana where he met and two weeks later married his wife of 61 years Eloise Bernice Williams. Morris was discharged from the Navy three years to the day of his enlistment on November 16, 1945, but remained in the Reserves, as an instructor, until 1962. Their lives together took them from California, to Indiana, to North Carolina, to Texas, and Colorado and finally the last 26 years in the Boise, ID area. This union produced a large and loving family of 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, with another on the way! Morrie spent his life working in the meat industry, with many of his children and grandchildren following suit, until he finally choose to retire in 2010 at the age of 85.
Morris was proceeded in death by his wife Eloise, his father and stepmother Chet and Laurel Kreegar, mother Bernice (Bea) Bronnenberg, and older brother Chester (Chet) L Kreegar. He is survived by Ardene Harris Kreegar (wife of brother Chet) of Indiana, brother William E (Bill) and Jan Kreegar of Indiana, brother Richard and Kay Kreegar of Indiana, sister Charlotte Joanne Kreegar Reynolds of Indiana, in-laws Bob and Patty Williams of Indiana, children Mike and Marsha Kreegar of Florida, Ron and Maggie Kreegar of Colorado, Kris and Linda Kreegar of Idaho, Candy and Don Babcock of Colorado, Pamela and Mac Cook of Colorado, Tina and Wil Kiley of Kansas, Rebecca (Becky) Kreegar (caregiver to both Morris and Eloise until their deaths) of Idaho, Diana Kuehl of Nebraska and Curtis Willer of Colorado, and numerous nieces, nephews and of course, the light in his life, his many grand and great-grandchildren.
Morrie will be remembered for his sense of humor, his ready smile, his many stories and songs and his love for his little four-legged companions. He meant so much to so many, and he will be missed!
Memorial services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Summers Funeral Homes, 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, ID 83646. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Morrie's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Summers Funeral Home - Ustick Chapel
3629 East Ustick Road Meridian, ID 83642
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 25, 2014