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Earl John McCreary

March 12, 2020
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Earl John McCreary, 90, of Toledo, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown. Graveside Services will be held Monday, March 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo with Rev. Tom Bower officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2-5 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.

Earl was born on March 25, 1929, northwest of Toledo, Iowa, the son of John Wilson and Alice Neva (Miller) McCreary. His mother passed when he was six months old. He was then raised by his uncle and aunt, Harry and Ila McCreary, and his grandmother, Molly McCreary, on the home farm.

He graduated from Toledo High School in 1947.

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Earl John McCreary

Earl served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

On October 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Rayman at the home of Evelyn's parents, northwest of Toledo. Earl owned and operated McCreary Brothers Ford Tractor with his brother, Murel in three uptown Toledo locations. He then owned Toledo Tractor & Equipment with Welby Dixon, building a new building in 1965 and working there until 1986. Later, he sold cars at Twin City Ford in Toledo and worked for USS Repair. Earl enjoyed old-time country music, playing cards, helping out on the farm and gardening. Later in life, Earl took up Golf, scoring two holes in one. Earl and Evelyn enjoyed traveling together, especially to Texas to visit their daughter and her family. Earl was a member of the Toledo American Legion, Tama-Toledo Country Club, Tama-Toledo Lions Club, and had formerly served as a member of the Toledo City Council.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-six years, Evelyn of Toledo; his children, Craig (Kelli) McCreary of Toledo, and Charlene (Todd) Kemme of Allen, TX; three grandchildren, Marianne Kemme, Caroline Kemme, and Campbell McCreary; step-granddaughter, Abbie (Tracy) Olson; step-great-granddaughters, Molly and Natalie Olson;and one brother-in-law, Fred Rayman of Oklahoma City, OK.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Murel McCreary. Earl is also preceded in death by his uncle and aunt who raised him, Harry and Ila McCreary, along with other relatives.

Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Toledo or the Toledo Ambulance Service.



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