In loving memory of

Orlen E. Creese
December 2, 1924 - February 8, 2021

Orlen E. Creese of Charter Oak was born on December 2, 1924, on the farm where he grew up, to Percey Creese Sr. and Hertha (Namanny) Creese. He was the oldest of four boys. Orlen was baptized into Christ on February 21, 1926, at the Presbyterian Church in Charter Oak, and later confirmed on April 23, 1953, at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hanover.

A man who loved the land, was honest, humble, and had much wisdom, he went to country school and graduated from Charter Oak High School with the class of 1943. Walking, biking or by horse-back the three plus miles to school was the normal transportation. As he grew in years, he started farming with his father; they used horses to put the crops in and picked the corn by hand in the fall. Hard work and determination were the goals of life.

Orlen and Phyllis (Greene) were married June 4, 1950, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sioux City. They lived most of their married life on the farm next door to where Orlen grew up. He was a grain farmer who took pride in raising cattle and hogs. He devoted many hours to work. In 1987, they moved to the outskirts of Charter Oak and he continued to farm. In his later years, he enjoyed taking care of their lawn and his garden in town. He also enjoyed woodworking; many pieces are treasured by his family. He also made several pieces for St Paul Lutheran Church. He was fortunate to have received two century farm awards, he was proud to have farmed all his life. He enjoyed buying and selling cows and calves until he was nearly 89-years-old. In younger years, he had the pleasure of shipping cattle to the Chicago Stockyards by train and by truck, and then over the years to the Omaha Stockyards. That was always a special day to him, filled with anticipation. Going to Omaha was not a common trip, so the day when he would ship cattle was almost like a family outing, even taking his children out of school. As the children grew, they helped with responsibilities on the farm. Dad instilled hard work ethics and also involved the kids in 4-H. Dad had a great eye for champions and was also a 4-H leader. He enjoyed fishing and taught his children the same. He enjoyed card club and family card games. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hanover actively serving over the years. He served on the Mapleton Trust & Savings Board of Directors and the Crawford County FMHA Board for several years.

He entered Maple Heights in 2019. He was always able to share good stories and memories. He enjoyed having friends and family visit as much as possible and when Covid happened it was very different for everyone. Orlen and Phyllis celebrated their 70th anniversary in June of 2020, with Dad on the inside and family on the outside. Hard to believe making it all those years through so much that Covid would separate them from even holding hands, but they always made the best of every situation. He was respected and loved by family and friends. He had a gift... he was able to have a conversation with anyone... friend or stranger. He was of a quiet nature and also very humble and honest. A man of deep faith and he loved spending time with his family.

Orlen passed away on February 8, 2021, with family by his side at the age of 96 years, two months and six days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeVerne (JoAnn), Percy Jr. (Diane Thomas) and Elwin (June); great granddaughter, Annette Carlson; and nephew, Greg Creese. Left to treasure his life well lived are his wife, Phyllis Creese of Charter Oak; daughter, Janine (Jerry) Waldrop of Lake View; son, Randy (Lois) of Panora; daughter, Debbie (Denny) Goetzinger of Spirit Lake; four granddaughters, Chantel Chaney, Stephanie Carlson, Lyndsy (Steve) Jermier and Morgan (Chad) Melby; ten great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-granddaughter; and many other relatives and friends.


Cindy Hesse wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Our deepest sympathy from Mary Ann (Creese) Bechen and Family. It was so nice seeing Orlen and family at Maple Heights. Cindy, Nancy, Nick, Gene and Steve"

Elaine Vogt wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Deepest sympathy to Orlen s family. He had a life well lived. "

Janice (Lownes) Kitchenmaster wrote on Feb 11, 2021:

"My sincere condolences to Phyllis and the family. I remember a man with a quiet smile and sincere demeanor.... Janice (Lownes) Kitchenmaster"

Alan Buschmann wrote on Feb 10, 2021:

"Our thoughts and prayers to Orlens family. Debbie were so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was always a man with a smile and always happy. I remember going to your place and always felt at home. My the happy memories carry you and your family through this difficult time ."

Kevin Clausen wrote on Feb 10, 2021:

"Phyllis, Janine, Randy, Debbie and family, Sad to hear of Orlen\'s passing. He was such a kind and humble man with a strong faith in the Lord. I enjoyed my many conversations with Orlen and Phyllis at the Louie\'s convenient strore after church and wherever we met. God\'s Blessings to all."

Denny and Lori Mozer wrote on Feb 10, 2021:

"Dear Phyllis, Janine, Randy, Debbie and families, So sad to hear of Orlen\'s passing. He was so nice and always had a smile! Keeping you all in our prayers. "

Janet Gierstorf Meseck wrote on Feb 10, 2021:

"Phyllis and family, my sympathies to you and your family at this sad time. "

Mick & Jeannie Mixan wrote on Feb 10, 2021:

"Dear Phyllis & Family, We were blessed to meet you several years ago when Janine and Jerry took us to visit. We have always remembered how kind and welcoming you and Orlen were to us. May God bless you and your family during this hard time. Our Sincere Sympathy, Mick & Jeannie Mixan"

James L Jurgens wrote on Feb 9, 2021:

"Our hearts are broken to hear of Orlen?s passing. He was one of the best and was a dear and good friend to many. Phyllis and all of his family are so dear to our hearts. Please know we send our deepest sympathy, love, hugs and prayers to the entire family. He most definitely was a one in a million. Jim & Nancy Jurgens & family"

Darvin & Deb Gress Landgraf wrote on Feb 9, 2021:

"A wonderful man. My mom\'s first cousin. She loved Orlen and his brothers very much. Orlen was a man, whose kindness and gentle Christian goodness of Spirit reflected on his face and in his word; a man who was respected by all who knew him.. My deepest sympathies to Phyllis, Janine, Randy & Debbie and families. Prayers for God to hold you all in His comfort. Orlen will be missed here, but he is most certainly enjoying the indescribable Joy of Heaven even now. "

Tommy Hiller wrote on Feb 9, 2021:

"God?s comfort and peace to Phyllis and family in the loss of Orlen - you were all great neighbors on the farm and we have wonderful memories - we always looked up to Orlen as he was a true example of living in God?s light."