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February 22, 2014

Woodrow Wilson Creason

Woodrow Wilson Creason was born in Sioux County, Nebraska, on February 6, 1921. He left this life on February 11, 2014, at Union Hospital. Woody was the third of seven children born to Walter A. Creason and Hattie Thomasson Creason.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary VanVoorhees and Dorothy Tyler; brothers, Scottie and Walter; grandson, Corey Creason; as well as his wife of 44 years, Maxine Harmon Creason. He is survived by sister, Lois Shields and brother, William (Bill) Creason (Mary); sons, Geoffrey G. (Sally) and Jared R. (Cami), grandson, Clayton W. (Sadie); granddaughters, Miranda R. and Cassandra R., as well as three great-granddaughters, Karsyn A., Kinley R. (Clayton and Sadie), and Ava L. (Corey). Also surviving is a special friend, Leona Newhart.

Woodrow met his wife (Maxine) while they were both students at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He subsequently earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and his Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University, at Bloomington, Indiana. Woody moved his family to Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1956, where he taught Economics at Indiana State University until his retirement in 1991.

In the midst of completing his education, Woody enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a decorated veteran having served in the Pacific Theater with a B-29 Group on the islands of Guam and Saipan.

During his tenure at ISU, Woodrow was involved in the creation of the ISU Credit Union. He was also a charter member of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation and served the Debs Foundation for many years in various capacities. He was a member of the Terre Haute Economic Development Commission over a period of several years.

Woody (Gramps) devoted his life to those around him, always willing to help anyway he could. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues and all who knew him.

In accordance with his wishes, his remains will be cremated and buried beside his wife. There will be no funeral services. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date to be announced. Those wishing to honor his memory are invited to make contributions to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation in his name, 2901 Ohio Blvd., Suite 153, Terre Haute, IN 47803.

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