RAPID RIVER, MI
William (Bill) Joseph Cretens, age 89, of Rapid River, passed away Monday morning, September 6, 2021, at Oscar Johnson V.A. Hospital in Iron Mountain, MI.
Bill was born on July 15, 1932, in Escanaba, the son of Andrew and Ardell (Burke) Cretens. He was raised in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School.
On February 2, 1954, William Cretens married the former Faye VanDamme at All Saint’s Church in Gladstone, MI. They are the parents of seven children.
Bill was a veteran of the Korean War. He was employed with Harnischfeger Corp. for over 30 years, finishing out his career as the Superintendent of Assembly and retiring in 1984. Following his retirement with Harnischfeger Corp., Bill went on to work with Roy Ness Contracting.
Bill enjoyed restoring antique cars, fishing, gardening his raspberries, cutting down trees, laying stone, and being with family. He took special interest in designing and building 3 of his own homes and a cottage. Bill served on various school boards and church councils.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Faye in 1999, son Thomas, parents Andrew and Ardell and brothers Louie and Jimmy Cretens.
Bill is survived by:
Children: Bill (Jane) Cretens of Trufant, MI, Patti (Dick) Peterson of Richmond, VA, Kristy (Randy) Robinette of Escanaba, MI, Cathy (Dean) Hartwig of Iron Mountain, MI, John (Myra) Cretens of Gladstone, MI, and Kelli (Tom) Thibault of Stafford, VA.
Sister: Mary (Tony) Vandermissen of Escanaba, MI
Sisters in law: Noma Cretens, Elaine Cretens and Ann (VanDamme) Olson.
Also listed among the surviving family are 17 Grandchildren, 29 Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Military rites and Funeral Services will be held privately at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Gladstone. Bill will be laid to rest next to his wife Faye in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.