Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 1:24 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Robert Bob L. Creal


Robert Bob L. Creal

Feb. 11, 1923 Sept. 1, 2012

Robert Bob Creal, 89, died of natural causes on Sept. 1, 2012, at his daughters home in Wasilla. A memorial celebration of Bobs life is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Homer Elks Lodge .

He was born to Clyde and Margaret Creal in Burnett, Ind., and graduated as valedictorian of North Terre Haute high school in 1941. He attended Purdue University on a four-year scholarship and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps as a cadet in 1942. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant just two days before the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan in August of 1945. Later he was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict, serving as a crewmember on a B-36 based at Fairchild Air Force base in Spokane, Wash. Among his other achievements in military service, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India in 1965-66. He retired from the Air Force in July of 1968 with over 20 years of active duty and the rank of Major. Bob was very proud of his military career.

Upon entering civilian life, Bob became an entrepreneur. He owned several restaurants and businesses in San Antonio, Texas, and became a real estate broker as well as a commercial and residential builder. Bob arrived in Homer in March 1986 to go fishing. While in Homer he met his future wife, Connie, and soon moved to Alaska to marry her and start a new life here.

Bob loved Homer and worked hard at being an active, contributing part of the community. Among other things, Bob served on the board of directors and as vice president for the Homer Senior Citizens Center. He volunteered with his wife at the Homer Community Food Pantry for many years. Bob was also a member of the Elks Lodge in Homer and a life member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasons. Bob was a spiritual and generous soul, often contributing to good causes and people in need.

Bob is survived by his wife, Connie, and her three daughters, Gail Summers, Jan Keiser and Laura Keiser, as well as three children by a prior marriage, David, Clarice and Sharon.

Cards may be sent to Connie at the following address: 315 N. Begich Drive, Wasilla, AK, 99654. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Homer Community Food Pantry.