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CREESE, Kenneth R. Another member of Americas greatest generation, a World War II veteran, was welcomed home by his Savior, February 23, 2013. Ken was the son of Raymond and Daisy Creese, born April 7, 1924, in San Diego, California. Shortly after his 17th birthday Ken enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed on the USS Detroit in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the day of infamy. Ken has made the Antelope Valley his home since 1954. Working as an inspector in the airline and aerospace industries, Ken worked on notable projects, including the X15, F20 Fighter, B2 Bomber and the McDonald Douglas DC10. Ken was a proud member of the Lancaster Elks for 52 years, Eagles 35 year member, Loyal order of Moose, American Legion, The VFW, serving as post commander 1986-1988 and 2002 to 2003, The Pearl Harbor survivors, serving as National President 1989 to 1990. Some of his fondest and richest memories were of helping make the Antelope Valley Veterans home a reality, and additionally working with the students of Mrs. Goodreau U.S. History classes at Lancaster High School. On December 7, 2012, Ken was awarded a certificate of recognition, honoring his heroic service during World War II, issued by the California Senate, and presented by Senator Steve Knight 21st S.D. Ken is survived by his seven children, Gary (Colleen) Creese, Pamela (Robert) Hatch, Paula (Mark) Wayland, Bradley (Lauri) Creese, Karen (David) Henson, Kendra (Billy) Rankin, Gwendolyn Creese, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and his sister Gladys Christanson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Mary Anne, sister Irene Spears, and grandson Nathan Creese. Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Celebration of Kens life will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, both at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, the family desires donations be made to the Antelope Valley Veterans Home, or 'Pride of the Nation' Program, Lancaster High School. A complete obituary is available at:

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