Longtime Alaska resident and 28-year employee of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Robert (Bob) Creech died on July 10, 2011 from complications of ALS, or Lou Gehrigs Disease. Robert (Bob) attended Clark Junior High School and West High School and his family traveled between Cathlamet WA. and Alaska over 30 years. Bob felt he was a part of the graduating class of West High class of 1963, Anchorage, AK.; although he graduated with his friends in Cathlamet.
Bob was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. He is a brave and valiant man who represented himself along with other ALS victims in a beautiful and courageous manner.
A full Military Honors 21 Gun Salute and American Flag Presentation acknowledging Bob's Army Career was held prior to the eulogy in gratitude to his service to his country on September 3, 2011 in Cathlamet WA.
In attendance was Bob's brother "Bill" William Creech, of Anchorage, AK. Bob's uncle Paul "Bud" Lindwall, of Cathlamet WA., Bob's daughters Amanda Creech, Teresa Creech - Barnett, her husband Greg Barnett and Bob's two grandchildren, Izzac and Thea Barnett and as well as Bob's daughter Samantha Creech. Stepson Russ Breckenridge and wife Jacquelyn, many cousins, many friends from far away and Bob's wife of 17 years Risa - Vincent Creech were also present.
Bob's granddaughter Navy IT3 Megan Breckenridge was in attendance, in full Navy dress uniform. The American Red Cross assisted her in being present for her grandfather's memorial from her assignment in Spain and she presented the United States American Flag to her grandmother Risa Vincent-Creech as the 21 Salute and Taps Presentation was concluded.
A Memorial Service in Honor of Robert A. Creech will be held at The Alaska Zoo on O'Malley Road Special Events Center on October 6, 2010 at 5PM.
Included at the time of Bob's Memorial Service; within the service Bob's deceased parents; father, William L.Creech, and his mother, Esther Lindwall - Creech, were honored and moved from their resting place in Anchorage, Alaska and inturned at Greenwood Cemetery in Cathlamet. Bob was placed beside them. William "Leon" Creech and Esther Creech were long-time Alaska residents with a background of commercial fishing and were also, at one time, the owners Inlet Fuel Company in Anchorage.
The memorial/reception (inside the Special Events Hall) is open to all of the friends that Bob has acquired in Alaska and a special invitation to all his "Extended Family" of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; to all the friends he treasured so highly. As many of you know, Bob was an adamant fan of NHRA and spent hundreds of hours helping "brother Bill" and his nephew Martin at the Alaska Raceway. For Bob, that was his joy. Dedication to his profession was his passion, loyalty for his friends, and respect for all persons was his moral code and supported his integrity in all his dealings within the framework of his life.
Published in adn.com from September 25 to September 26, 2011
One of Gods finest spirits was released back into the world on July 10, 2011. Robert Allen Creech was born September 15, 1945 to William L. and Esther I. (Lindwall) Creech in Cathlamet. He spent his youth growing up in Cathlamet. Bob loved the outdoors, working in the woods as a logger, commercial fishing with his uncle “Bud” hunting and fishing with his brother Bill and his parents, being at the river, and spending time with his daughters, canoeing and camping. He especially enjoyed time with his friends and his mother Esther, whom he considered his best friend. All these experiences combined together influenced and shaped him into a very special man. He leaves his friends and family, wishing for more time, more joy, more humor, more pranks, stories and smiles. Humble and a nurturer, he offered his hand and heart to anyone in need.
Bob was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2008. He was married for the past 17 years to Risa L. Vincent-Creech. They were classmates and dated when they were both 15 years old, they married in 1994 after meeting for a second time at the 1993 West High School 30th Year Reunion in Anchorage, Alaska. Risa survives him at home; other surviving family members include his uncle, Paul “Bud” Lindwall of Puget Island; brother, William “Bill” Creech of Anchorage; his loving daughters, Amanda Creech, Samantha Creech, Teresa Creech-Barnett and her husband Greg; his grandchildren, Izaac and Thea; his step-children, Ron and Russ Breckenridge and Brandi Smolinski; many nieces, nephews, cousins and co-workers in Alaska.
A Memorial Service and picnic will be held in Cathlamet on Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. at the Elochoman Marina, all of you whom he recalled so fondly are invited to attend and contribute to honoring his life. At the end of the gathering, the Army Honor Guard will perform honors for Bob. He will be inurned at Greenwood Cemetery in Cathlamet and reunited with his parents and grandparents once again and forever. His wife Risa can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. When your heart tells you; donate to your favorite cause in honor of his loyalty and friendship please.
Published in the Wahkiakum County Eagle on July 28, 2011