Jeffrey S. Creamer, age 62, passed away after a brief illness on March 9, 2014. He was born on December 6, 1951, to Robert Creamer and Margaret Stahl in Mansfield, Ohio. Jeff attended St. Peter's Elementary School and Vermilion High School and graduated in 1969. After having some great adventures with his friends (including his much-recounted trip of hitch-hiking across America to end up in Mexico), he attended the University of Dayton and received his law degree from Case Western, where he earned the Order of the Coif and was an editor of the law review. He began his legal career at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, where he met his wife, Aleta Bonini. They moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he continued his legal career as a partner at Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick until 2008. Jeff felt fortunate to have congenial colleagues and to be able to work on many interesting cases, including the unmasking of Marty Frankel's early frauds. Jeff used his legal skills as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused or neglected children in the Lucas County CASA program. His interests also led him into academia, where he taught environmental law at the University of Toledo as an adjunct professor for several years.
He cultivated an extensive interest in history throughout his life. Every year he would try to attend the Civil War Show in Mansfield, only missing it when it conflicted with the Anthony Wayne Art Show when his daughters' work was on display. He found time to collect Civil War artifacts and to help others to trace their heritage back to Civil War veterans, specifically those of the Ohio 20th and 102nd infantry units in which his ancestors served. He was also a trustee of the Monclova Historical Foundation in its early years.
Jeff enjoyed many pastimes, but will be most fondly remembered by his girls as a loving father who taught them how to shoot, cook, and camp, and by his nieces and nephews for his Fourth of July celebrations. He loved the yearly autumn camping trips with his daughters. Travel with his wife and kids made up some of his fondest memories and was the subject of thousands of photos he took over his lifetime.
Jeff had friends from all walks of life, and tried not to let distance or circumstances get in his way of maintaining old friendships. He was generous man to everyone he met and had a way of making you feel interesting and important, no matter what your age or status. Jeff had a knack of not judging anyone.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Aleta; his daughters, Petra and Aurora; his mother, Margaret Doner, and his sister and brother, Chris and Bob Creamer; as well as nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.
Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday March 14, 2014, beginning at 9:45 a.m., in the mortuary, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Church, Maumee at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will take place in Mansfield, Ohio, on Saturday, March 15, at St. Peter's Church, followed by internment at the family plot in Mansfield Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions in Jeff's name be made to the Monclova Historical Foundation, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, or the CASA /CRB Volunteer Association. Please view and sign our online "guest registry" at
Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd
Toledo, OH 43614
Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2014