David E. Creaden 1931 - 2010 Lawrence
A celebration service for David E. Creaden, 79, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel, 3821 W. Sixth St.
Mr. Creaden died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at his home.
He was born Jan. 18, 1931, in Cleveland, the son of Gertrude Sommers and Edward Creaden.
Mr. Creaden grew up in Ohio, Minnesota and Illinois, moving to Wichita in 1964, and then to Lawrence in 1969. He was a partner in Packer Plastics. For a few years, he was a self-employed engineering consultant, and then worked at Lawrence Paper Co. He was instrumental in the construction and operations of the branch plant in Perry. Mr. Creaden retired in 1999.
He enjoyed many years of working as a mechanical, electrical and design engineer, in addition to the experiences of flying planes and gliders, sailing, and traveling around the world. Mr. Creaden was part of the design team for the 8 track tape for car radios at Lear Jet, in Wichita, in the mid-1960s, and then used his talents at Midwest Plastics, before moving to Lawrence as a partner to build Packer Plastics.
He visited many plants worldwide for purchase of machinery and products for the LPC. He has several patents for production and packaging.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, music and played the trumpet in the Lawrence City Band for more than 30 years, under Bill Kelly and Bob Foster. He filled in for commencement bands, and thoroughly enjoyed watching the marching band at Memorial Stadium. He also enjoyed living in Lawrence.
He married Elaine Sherman Creaden on Jan. 11, 1958, in Grayslake, Ill. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Vicki R. Berney and husband Doug, Kansas City, Kan.; two sons, Charles D. and wife Cindy, Billings, Mont., and Edward S. and wife Cindy, Overland Park; five grandchildren, Nathan C. Creaden Anderson, Emma R. Dutton, Kurt Dutton, Anna C. Creaden and Wesley S. Creaden; a nephew, Gavin R. Creaden; and a niece, Kara F. Creaden Gross.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger N., of New Jersey.
The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, 200 Maine, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at barnettchapeloaks.com.