Dr. Clarence Richard Creger, Jr., 78, of College Station,
Texas, passed away Saturday August 4, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional
Health Care Center in Bryan.
Dr. Creger was born June 8, 1934 to Marie Irene Smith and
Clarence R. Creger, Sr. in Carona, Kansas . He served in the United
States Army and the Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Colonel.
He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1956 and his Masters of
Science Degree in 1957 in nutrition from Kansas State University . In
1960, Clarence received his Doctorates Degree in biochemistry and
nutrition from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Creger’s career started as research assistant at Kansas
State before taking the same position at Texas A&M in 1958, to work on
his Doctorates Degree. He worked his way from Assistant Professor
beginning in 1962 to Professor and Head of the Department of Poultry
at A&M from 1982 to 1992. In 1992 he became Interim Associate
Deputy Chancellor for Agriculture and Interim Executive Associate
Dean, and professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
On September 1, 2004 to December 31, 2004 he became Deputy
Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Associate Dean, College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Professor, Department of Poultry
Science. On January 1, 2005 until the present he was Professor,
Department of Poultry Science. In 1992 he received the Deputy
Chancellors Award for Excellence in Administration; in 1995 he received
the Texas Poultry Federation Golden Feather Award in recognition of
his service to the Texas Poultry Industry. In 1997, he received the
Poultry Science Association Fellows Award.
During his career, he served as Graduate Advisor for Poultry
Science and Nutrition students, and Counselor for undergraduate
students. He has authored and co-authored over 190 scientific articles
in the field of poultry nutrition and biochemistry, authored a book on
poultry nutrition and biochemistry, titled “Poultry Nutrition, A
Programmed Text”. He co-authored another book on vitamins and
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters,
Margie Creger Grant, Willa Creger Burdette, and Ruth Marie Creger;
one nephew, Ralph Burdette, Jr.
He is survived by his niece, Judy Reynolds of Scammon,
Kansas; two great-nieces, Cyndee Martin and Wyndee Arneson both of
Scammon, Kansas; two great-nephews, Bryan Burdette of Pittsburg,
Kansas and Broc Burdette of Scammon, Kansas; four great-great-
nieces; six great-great-nephews; and one great-great-great-niece.
He had a lifelong love and respect for nature and will be
remembered for his kindesss and brilliant mind.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday August 10th at the
Hosey Hill Cemetery in Weir with Reverend Dennis Johnson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Bath-
Naylor Funeral Home in Weir; the procession to the cemetery will leave
the funeral home at 12:45 p.m. Condolences can be sent to www.
bathnaylor.com Memorial contributions can be made to the C.R.
Creger Scholarship in Poultry Science through the Texas A&M
Foundation. Memorials may be brought by or mailed to the Bath-Naylor
Funeral Home 104 W. Main St. Weir, KS 66781.
Mabel Craig Bollenbacher, 97 of the Sun City/Hilton Head S.C.
area formerly of Pittsburg died at 11:20 a.m. Monday July 30, 2012
following a lengthy illness.
She was born November 22, 1914 in Weir, KS the daughter of
William and Jennie (Eubanks) Craig.
Mabel worked 17 years for F.W. Woolworth’s and then later for
the Census Bureau in Pittsburg .
She married Arnold Bollenbacher in 1963 and they moved to
Arlington , VA. He survives at the home.
Mabel retired from the Department of Agriculture in 1977.
Survivors include her husband Arnold of 49 years, a beloved
nephew Scott Bruna and wife Deborah and their sons Michael and
Matthew of Centreville, VA; a sister Wilma Reed of Belleville, IL.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday August 4, 2012 at the
Mount Olive Cemetery in Pittsburg with Reverend Jim Akins officiating.
Friends and family are requested to meet at the cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to www.bathnaylor.com Arrangements are
under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway
Arthur F. Peters, 94, of Pittsburg, Kansas, passed away Monday, July
30, 2012 at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg. He was born June 1, 1918
in Sutton, Nebraska, the son of John and Emma (Hornbaucher) Peters.
On December 13, 1948 Arthur married Mildred Elizabeth Rhea in
Raton, New Mexico. She preceded him in death in 1997. Arthur
worked for VanTassel and other trucking companies for the majority of
his life. He was of the Lutheran faith. He is survived by 3 sons, John
Peters of Frontenac, Dennis Peters and wife Pam of Oklahoma City,
and Ed Peters and wife Jean of Oklahoma City. 6 grandchildren;
Tammy Peters, Brad Howard, Angie Matthews, Traci Peters, Amanda
Embrey and Chad Peters. 3 Great-Grandchildren, Alyssa Matthews,
Zachary Embrey and Sierra Embrey. He was preceded in death by his
wife, parents and 8 brothers and sisters.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 2, 2012
at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg with Pastor Tom Wehrman
officiating. Burial will follow at the Garden Of Memories Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, August 1 at Bath-Naylor
Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent online at
www.bathnaylor.com Memorials may be made out to the American
Lung Association. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 South Broadway, Pittsburg, Kansas
66762. Arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral
James Michael O’Dell, 27 of Pittsburg died at 1:04 am, Tuesday, July
24, 2012 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City.
He was born October 10, 1984 in Kansas City, MO the son of Michael
James and Deborah Lavon (Mason) O’Dell.
He graduated from Pittsburg High School with the Class of 2003.
James worked for Pitt Plastics as a machine operator.
He was an avid bowler, motorcycle rider and gamer.
Survivors include his parents of Pittsburg, two sisters: Jamie Michelle
Zahm and husband Jon of Oronogo, MO, Jerilynn O’Dell and fiancé
Deven Collins; maternal grandparents Jerry and Elsie Mason of
Pittsburg; aunts and uncles Gary and Tabitha Mason of Topeka, KS
and Cheryl Mason of Pittsburg, Stephanie and Charles Smith of K.C.,
Mo., Lawrence and Patricia O'Dell of K.C., Mo., three nephews: Clark,
Konner and Wyatt; one niece Clarice and many other cousins and
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents James and
Funeral services will be 10 am, Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Bath-Naylor
Funeral Home in Pittsburg with Rev. Bob Banks officiating. Burial will
follow at a later date at the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be
made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Kansas City;
these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Services by Bath-
Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
Jody Leondra Long 28, of Cherokee, KS died Monday July 23, 2012 at
her home following a short illness.
Jody was born October 25, 1983 to Rickey and Mary Long. She was a
lifelong resident of the area and attended area schools.
Survivors include her children Jack and Mary Jane; mother Mary Long;
paternal grandmother Joan Long of Sasakwa, OK; sister Jamie Carter;
brother Joshua Long, Joseph Long and several nieces and nephews.
Jody was preceded in death by her father and paternal grandfather
E.M. Long; maternal grandparents Claude and Beula Long.
Private Memorial Services will take place at a later date. Cremation
Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.
Alean E. Krimminger, 94 of Pittsburg died at 10:50 p.m. Friday
July 20, 2012 at the Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home.
She was born March 24, 1918 in El Dorado Springs , MO the
daughter of Raymond and Ella (Teril) Benskin.
Survivors include 3 daughters Wanda Whitter of Pittsburg, Ella
May Saker and Mary Hall both of Fort Scott; 2 sons Tom Bolan and
George Redfern of Pittsburg; a brother Gene Benskin of Pittsburg and
a sister Bonnie Pendergraft of Springfield, MO; several grandchildren
and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents.
According to Alean’s wishes she has been taken for cremation.
No services are planned at this time. Condolences can be sent to www.
bathnaylor.com Memorial contributions can be made to help the family
with final expenses. Memorials may be brought by or mailed to the
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762.
John L. Gaddy, Sr., 83 of Pittsburg, died at 5:23 pm, Tuesday, July 17,
2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born January 22, 1929 in Pittsburg the son of Sterling Price and
Zenna (Smith) Gaddy.
On October 29, 1949 he was united in marriage to Bonnie Alice Hudson
in Pittsburg; she survives him of the home.
John worked at Dickey Clay for 28 years, he then worked 17 years at
PSU as an electrician and maintenance worker.
He was a member of the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church in Pittsburg.
He was also a longtime member of the NRA and an avid hunter and
fisherman. He was a well known horseshoe pitcher and an
accomplished poet writing under the pen name Ole Useta Wuz.
Additional survivors include John L. Gaddy, Jr. and wife Yvonne of
Weir, KS, Debra E. Gepford and husband Eddie of Pittsburg, Daryl E.
Gaddy and wife Diane of Pittsburg, Beverly Johnston and husband
Brian of Joplin and Ben Gaddy and wife Jeanne of Pittsburg; a
daughter-in-law Lyla Gaddy of Pittsburg, 19 grandchildren and 29
great-grandchildren and a longtime friend Glen Nutt.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son Dennis Gaddy, two sisters:
Anna Lee (Gaddy) Comstock and Ollie Mae (Gaddy) Smith; two
brothers: Floyd and Monte Gaddy and a grandson Dakota Garrett.
Funeral services will be 10 am, Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Lighthouse
Tabernacle with Brother Aaron Williams officiating. Burial will follow in
the Crocker Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Bath Naylor
Funeral Home from 6-8 pm, Thursday evening. Condolences may be
left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be made to the Shrine
Transportation Fund and/or the Lighthouse Tabernacle, these can be
left at or mailed to the funeral home. Service by Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762.