Philip Paul Creten, age 85, of Escanaba, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 18, 2018 with his loving wife by his side.
Philip was born on May 25, 1933 in Gladstone, Michigan at his family home on Minneapolis Avenue by his aunt a midwife. The son of Paul and Lenore (Van Donsel) Creten, Phil cherished family from an early age. He was fortunate to have been raised within a four- block radius alongside his aunts, uncles, and many cousins. All of whom he credited in helping shape his values as a man and providing him with cherished childhood memories, which he often shared with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Philip had a passion and love for athletics and in high school participated in football, track, and basketball. He especially enjoyed being a member of the Gladstone Braves’ Basketball Team under the helm of Coach Cappy Keil. Along with his beloved teammates, the 1950 Gladstone Braves’ Team became district and regional champions . This team was later honored by being inducted into the Gladstone Athletic Hall of Fame. During his four years as a varsity player, Philip with the help from his team was able to score 1,000 points during his high school career.
Philip was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marilyn Johnson on August 20, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Church in Escanaba. For 63 years they enjoyed their life together : going to Packer Games, camping, snowmobiling, traveling, and attending all of their grandchildren’s sporting events as avid fans. Most cherished were the quiet moments of shared conversations with his children on his life, his expertise on cars and appliances according to the Consumer’s Report, and how proud he was of his family his most valued possession.
He worked for 30 years at Harnischfeger Corporation until it closed; and finished his career at Northern Rebuilders for another 10 years until his retirement in the early 1980’s.
Philip is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Escanaba, brothers: Michael (Joyce) Creten Gladstone, Daniel (Kathy) Creten Escanaba, children: Mark Creten his son, daughters Tracy (Steve) Erickson, and Cyndi (Steve) Fisher all of Escanaba. Grandchildren: Philip (Shana) Fisher De Pere, WI, Christa (Greg) Haslow Escanaba, Mallery (Aaron) Short, Escanaba, Garrick (Lauren) Fisher De Pere, WI, and Dr. Thomas (Jessica) Erickson Erie, PA. Blessed with great grandchildren who will miss Papa Phil are : Bayli, Landan, Ledger, Liam, Emelia, Emmit, Lennon and Samantha Grace.
As requested by Philip, there will be no viewing or services for the public. A private ceremony will take place at Lakeview Cemetery at the discretion of the family. Philip’s wishes for close friends and extended family is to visit Marilyn and the family and share memories of the past. Recall the good times, and have Catholic Masses said throughout the year in his memory.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and thankfulness for the compassionate care given to their father by the following: O.S.F. (Bellin) Cancer Unit, staff, nurses and a special thanks to Darcy Getzloff PA, Dr. Mary Myrick, O.S.F. Medical Group, staff and nurses, Dr. John Klim O.S. F. Otolaryngology, staff and nurses, Hospice (Nurse Racheal). You all made dad’s last days tolerable, hopeful, and gave us more time to enjoy life with our father. “A life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Thanks Dad….you taught us well…
The Creten family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba.