died Sunday, March 8 in Salem. He was born in River Falls WI,
the seventh of seven children to Smiley Boman Creswell and
Sadie Mildred Peterson Creswell. He graduated from River Falls
High School in 1944 and immediately joined the Army Air Corp
attaining the rank of 2nd Lt. flying missions over both Italy
and North Africa.
Before leaving for
overseas he married his high school sweetheart Eloise Jenkins
in Charleston S.C. When he returned from overseas he and
Eloise lived in their hometown of River Falls where their
daughter Sandee was born, until moving to Stevensville MT, in
1948 then to Bozeman where he both attended college and taught
classes in agriculture.
In 1952 the family
moved to Albany OR where he was employed by Pictsweet, later
Stokley-VanCamp, as a fieldman. In 1959 he was employed by
NorPac for 30 years retiring as head of the field department.
During this time he assisted in developing a variety of sweet
corn that earned him a place in the Agricultural Hall of Fame
at Oregon State University.
Loyal was an avid
football fan especially of the Green Bay Packers, being a true
cheese head. It was always an honor for him to watch his
grandson, one of his son-in-laws and 3 of his great grandsons
play football. He loved woodworking, farming, gardening and
playing cards and mostly his family and felt he was truly
blessed to have them all so close and to watch them grow.
He is survived by
his wife of 71 years, Eloise, his daughter Sandee (Jim Reed),
grandson Erik Reed, granddaughters Erin (Toby Hill) Kiersten
(Travis King) and Karryn (Ben Laro) and 13 great grandchildren
Corbyn, Annika and Teaghan Reed, Aidan, Kaelyn and Rian Hill,
Bryan, Colby and Travis King and Isaac, Gabby, Reed, and Logan
Laro. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and
A memorial service
will be held Sunday March 15, 2015 at 2:00
Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton, OR where he was a member.
Contributions in his name may be made either to Calvary
Lutheran or Shriner's Hospital or to the OSU Horticulture
Dept. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.