John Wilbur Creamer, 86, of Edmond, passed away peacefully at home to join the Lord on 21 September 2021, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
John was born in Oklahoma City to John W. Creamer and Cornelia F. (Clark) Creamer on 18 February 1935. At age 13, an acquaintance from church camp, Beverly Wright, arranged – quite insistently – for him to meet her younger sister, Patricia. John and Pat became high school sweethearts and married in 1955 while attending Oklahoma A&M together. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary just prior to John’s departure (and Bev accepts all due credit, to this day).
John was an alumnus of Northeast High School, Class of 1953, and was a member of the final graduating class of Oklahoma A&M in 1957. He served in the Army in the 356th Helicopter Maintenance Unit based in Norman and Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and returned to Oklahoma City in 1962.
Professionally, he worked in the savings and loan business and as a commercial real estate appraiser and developer. After moving to Edmond in 1970, he became a key influencer in the city’s growth, serving as a Senior Vice President for Capitol Hill Savings and Loan (later renamed Great Western and First Western). He was also the President of Financial Investment & Appraisals, which developed the Arrowhead Valley, Turtle Creek, Sorghum Mill Estates, and Faircloud neighborhoods. He was a member and served as president of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), Senior Real Property Appraisers (SRPA), the Edmond Chamber of Commerce, Capitol City Civitan, and Toastmasters.
John took up golf at a young age and played on the varsity team at Northeast. In Edmond, he worked toward the building of Kickingbird golf course, where he later shot a hole-in-one. He also had one at Lincoln. He loved to jog and swim for fitness and was able to snow ski with his family into his 70’s.
Just about everyone who ever spent quality time with John agrees that he was among the most Christ-like men they’ve ever known. His light shone through in everything he did, but especially in his service to the church. He served as a Deacon for 2nd Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City and as a Trustee for First Presbyterian Church in Edmond. In 1996, he and Pat became charter members of a new church development, Santa Fe Presbyterian, where John was a long-serving Elder and Clerk of Session.
John is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter Jamie Sanderson and her husband Blake of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; son Chuck Creamer and his wife Kristen of Edmond, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Beverly Mackey; and son-in-law Joseph D. Elam. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Christopher S. Elam and wife Jenny; Leisa Cole and husband Mike; Nathaniel Creamer, Ethan Creamer, and Reagan Creamer; along with great-grandchildren Henry Elam; Lola Elam; Charlotte Elam, and Ella Dot Cole. He also leaves behind close nieces and nephews, Michael Mackey and wife Terri; Pat Gale Cassil and husband Steve, and Jan Dowlearn.
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