Kenneth W. Creswick, 89, of Chandler, Arizona died on May 16, 2013, in Chandler, AZ.
Services will be held in Cuba City, WI at Haudenshield Funeral Home on June 29, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Ken was born September 14, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Sidney and Bertha (Witchall) Creswick. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1941 and then attended the University of Dubuque. Ken enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, during which he spent a year at Notre Dame for officer training before going on active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the South Pacific and China until his discharge in 1946. He received his Bachelors Degree from University of Dubuque in 1947 and married Priscilla Eustice in June of 1947. He worked at the Eustice Lumber Company until 1956, at which time he joined the newly opened Cuba City Medical Center as an Assistant Administrator and shortly became the Administrator of the hospital and clinic. He served in that capacity until 1981 when he became President of the newly formed merger of the Cuba City and Platteville hospitals and the two nursing centers. Ken’s achievements include working with rural hospitals in Southwest WI to form the Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative and the HMO of Wisconsin. In 1979 Ken was rewarded by the Wisconsin Hospital Association as Outstanding Hospital Administrator of the Year. Ken served in several capacities on the Wisconsin State Hospital Association Board. Ken was also active in his community and church. He was instrumental in forming the Cuba City Area Rescue Squad in order to save ambulance service to the area. He became an EMT and member of the Rescue Squad. Ken retired from Southwest Hospital in 1989 but continued to serve on the Board of Directors until 1998. In 2000 Ken lost his wife of 52 years, Priscilla. Ken was later united in marriage to Gayle Lagman. He then moved to Chandler, AZ, where he resided until his death.
Surviving are two of his daughters: Julie Olson (Doug Coons) of Wisconsin Rapids, Holly Bodenstedt (Steve)of Yankton, SD, and son-in-law Charles Gehrman of Tigerton, WI., 5 grandchildren, Erik (Andrea) and Chad (Megan) Olson, Max and Jake Gehrman, and Lindsay Bodenstedt, and 7 great-children Ken is also survived by his sister Betsy Shifflet of Dubuque, Iowa and five nephews. Ken is also survived by six stepchildren: Steve (Kelly), Matt (Pinky), Mike (Ann), Bruce (Liz), Andrew, and Kim and their children and grandchildren. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert, his first wife Priscilla, his daughter Wendy, and son-in-law Gary.
Ken was a thoughtful and kind man with a good sense of humor, and will be greatly missed by many. Memorials may be made to the Cuba City Area Rescue Squad, Cuba City, Wisconsin.