William G. Creel '51

Bill Creel entered the Chapter Eternal while surrounded by his family in his home on October 19, 2009. He was 80 years old.

Bill was born on February 19, 1929 in Bartlesville, OK and went on to attend Garfield Elementary School, Central Junior High and graduated from College High School in 1947. He attended Denison where he was initiated into Sigma Chi and later graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1951.

Bill took his first job with H.C. Price Company at the age of sixteen as a truck swamper in North Dakota. After graduation from OU, he moved to New Orleans with Price Company where he met and married his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol Lusk. While in New Orleans they were blessed with four children. In 1963 they left the United States for London to set up the first office of Price International. After five years in London and The Hague, they moved back to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He continued to travel extensively, building many of the world’s largest pipelines in the Middle East, Alaska and Australia.

In 1975 Bill was appointed senior vice president of H.C. Price Company. In 1976 he was named president of the National Association of Pipe Coating Applicators. After 29 successful years with Price, Bill retired in 1979 to devote his time to his family and giving back to his hometown of Bartlesville. By 1980 Bill and Carol had five children and the first of their now fifteen grandchildren. Bill’s strong personal involvement with his family strengthened his dedication to the Bartlesville community as a whole. He was active with St. John’s Catholic Church and Rotary and he served on many boards and committees including: as treasurer of Junior Achievement and Friends of Frank Phillips Home; chairman of the Bartlesville Superfund Committee, Tourism Advisory Council; and first vice president of the Green Country Marketing Association. He was a director of several community organizations; including, OK Mozart, Oklahoma Heritage Association, the Bluestem Girl Scout’s Council, Friends of Shin ‘EnKan, Bartlesville Clinic and WestStar Bank, Trustee of the Library Trust Authority, Jane Phillips Medical Center and Bartlesville Public School System. He served as co-chairman of the Bartlesville Centennial Commission, vice chairman of the Frank Philips Foundation, and president of the Bartlesville Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Bill was a life member of the Washington County Historical Society, the Landmark Preservation Council and the Price Tower Preservation Committee.

In addition to this multitude of activities, Bill served as president of the Chamber of Commerce from 1988 to 1991. In 1989 he received the Allied Arts and Humanities Award, Outstanding Citizen Award and the Green County Angel Award. In 1994, Bill’s lifetime of dedication was recognized with the Governor’s Arts Awards and February 19, 1994 was declared “Bill Creel Day” in the State of Oklahoma. These strides to enhance and preserve his town were recognized by the City of Bartlesville by naming him Historian of the Year in 1996. Bill was a Eucharistic Minister and drove the church van to pick up homebound people for St. John’s Catholic Church.

That Bill Creel was held in such high regard is evident in the Bartlesville obituary that read, "His unrelenting optimism and humble nature endeared him to all those lucky enough to know him. But, most importantly, Bill will be remembered for his dedication to his faith, his kindness and his consideration to all those around him. As involved as Bill was with the community, he was even more devoted to his family. He spent all of his free time talking, educating and loving his children and grandchildren. His honesty and integrity remains an inspiration to those he loved."

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol; brother Don Creel and wife Barbara of Bartlesville; son William Hunt Creel II and wife Connie of Houston, grandson Abel John Sanchez II of George West, TX, granddaughter Mary Creel Watts and husband Ryan of Dallas, granddaughter Allison Creel of Oklahoma City, granddaughter Christina Creel of Goodwell, OK; daughter Kathleen Creel Lawrence and husband Dr. Forrest of Oklahoma City, granddaughter Dr. Katherine Lawrence Johnson and husband Daniel of Oklahoma City, granddaughter Nicole Lawrence Daniel and husband Gene of Tulsa, grandson Patrick Creel Lawrence of Hong Kong, granddaughter Jennifer Lawrence of Dallas; daughter Ann Creel Denyer and husband Dr. Michael of Idaho Falls, ID, grandson William Denyer of Hong Kong, granddaughter Kathleen Denyer of Austin, granddaughter Carol Ann Denyer of Austin, grandson Mark Creel Denyer of Moscow, ID; and daughter Kelly Creel Gave and husband Louis-Vincent of Hong Kong, grandson Henri William Gave of Hong Kong, grandson Georges Gave of Hong Kong, granddaughter Carol-Lynn Gave of Hong Kong. Bill was preceded in death by his parents William and Wilma Creel, sister Carol and his beloved daughter, Carol-Lynn Creel McDonnold.

All honor to his name.

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