Francis W. Creswell, Korea vet, RR Donnelley retiree, loved quoites, taught Sunday school

By on July 15, 2015

Francis W. Creswell, of Manheim, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

Francis, also known as “Bugs” and “Doc,” was born in Lancaster to the late Willard Carick James and Clara (Henry) Creswell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erla Mae (Good) Creswell.

Francis graduated in 1950 from Hershey Industrial School, now known as Milton Hershey School. He served on the alumni board of Milton Hershey for many years. He served his country in the Korean War with the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. Francis retired from RR Donnelley and Sons after 42 years of dedicated service. He also previously worked at Rudisill.

Francis loved the game of quoites so much he built a quoites game in his back yard and brought in clay from the Susquehanna River. He was active in the senior games and played and managed the softball team for his church. He was a former member of the Gaelic American Society. He was an active member and past board member of Lancaster Grace Evangelical Congregational Church. He was a founding member of the Boy Scout troop at his church and Sunday School teacher for 33 years.

He is survived by three sons: James “Jim” John Creswell, husband of Betty, of Ephrata; Paul David Creswell of Lancaster; Calvin Lee Creswell of Wilkes-Barre; six grandchildren: Crystal, James, Stephanie, Virginia, Missy, and Greg; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother: Richard Devon Creswell, husband of Joan, of Lancaster.

Services were held July 15 at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Rev. Mark Ammerman officiating. Interment was in Conestoga Memorial Park with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Milton Hershey School, 1201 Homestead Lane, Hershey, PA 17033, or Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, or Lancaster Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, 415 S. Shippen St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

To send the family online condolences, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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