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Lyman Creed



Lyman Creed, 100, passed away Saturday, January 10 at his home in Irvington surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

He was born in rural Centralia to Charles Emmett and Gladys (Fisher) Creed on July 16, 1914. He married Lorraine Grathwohl on September 20, 1940, at the Irvington Methodist Church and she proceeded him in death in 2012.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandy Beguelin and husband, Henry, of Centralia and son Gary Creed and wife, Sharon, of Waterloo. Also surviving are grandchildren Carla Holden and husband, Chris, of Nashville, Tenn., Jennifer Pennings and husband David of Racine, Wis., Eric Beguelin and wife, Stephanie, of Raleigh, N.C., Angela Creed and husband Dr. Ed. Hengel of Columbia, Scott Creed of Columbia, and Nicole Creed and husband, Jeff Fleece of Liberty Hill, Texas, as well as 12 great-grandchildren, a sister Ferris Kasten and husband Wilfred of Hoyleton and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother,Orville, and sisters Eula Treffert, Vera Baldridge, and Evelyn McTall.

Mr. Creed graduated from Centralia Township High School in 1932, and attended SIU Carbondale where he obtained his teaching certificate. In his early years he taught school in the White Swan area, Horse Creek, Walnut Hill and Irvington. He and his wife operated a grain and Holstein dairy farm in rural Hoyleton. They retired in 1973 and moved to Irvington. The next few years he worked at the Pitchford Elevators in Mt. Vernon and Richview and enjoyed selling the pecans in the fall. He enjoyed music and performed with gospel and barbershop quartets and sang at many church events with his sister, Evelyn McTall.

After retirement, he was well know for baking cookies and pies, especially coconut, pumpkin and chocolate pies and potato chip cookies that were the grandkids and neighbors favorites. In the summer he could be seen working in his garden and mowing his lawn with his John Deere tractor mower or tending to his 100+ mums.

Services will be held at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia on Saturday, Jan. 17. Visitation is 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with celebration of life service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department, 1-in-9 Breast Cancer Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, or doners choice and will be accepted at the funeral home. On-line condolences may be made to family by visiting


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