Creighton Emery Sindt died Tuesday morning, October 16, 2012, at Heritage House in Atlantic, at the age of 84 years.
Creight, as he was known to most people, was born in Holstein, Iowa, on August 5, 1928, to Vernie (Krager) and Emery Sindt. He grew up in nearby Cushing, Iowa, where he attended school, graduating from Cushing High School in 1946.
In high school and when he went on to Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, Creight participated in all sports, including playing college football even though his high school did not offer it. It was in his senior year at Westmar that he met the love of his life, Carolyn Rothe. Creight graduated from Westmar in 1950 with a degree in Physical Education and Biology. He took a position coaching and teaching at Zearing, Iowa, but Uncle Sam had different plans. He was drafted into the Korean Conflict, in January, 1951. Creight took his basic training at Ft. Riley, KS. When his unit shipped out for Korea, he was retained to assist in training new recruits and to play baseball and football for the battalion team.
Creight and Carolyn were married at Noble Center Church on July 1, 1951. They lived at Manhattan, KS, and later at Sparta, WI, when he was transferred to Camp McCoy. He was assigned to be in Special Services there, and played baseball for the Camp McCoy team in the 5th Army League. Cindi, the first of Creighton and Carolyn’s five children, was born at Camp McCoy, WI.
After discharge in January, 1953, Creight joined Carolyn’s father Roy Rothe in a farming and livestock operation east of Lyman, where Creighton and Carolyn continued to live and farm for 40 years. Another daughter, Shelley, and three sons Rod, Kevin, and Corey were born there to the family. Creight was a good farmer, but an even better father. His love for his family was unconditional.
Athletics was his lifetime passion. He played baseball and softball for many years with Lyman area teams, as well as bowling and golfing. After retiring from active farming, he did some substitute teaching at various area schools, and coached the Griswold High School varsity baseball team for several years. He shared his love of athletics with his family, and was his grandchildren’s No. 1 fan.
Creighton was also a man of deep faith and held many offices in the Noble United Methodist Church, where he was a member. He served as a District Lay Leader of the Council Bluffs District of the United Methodist Church. He served on the Griswold School Board, the Area 13 Education Agency, the Noble Center Cemetery Board, was a charter member of the Griswold Optimist Club, a Little League coach, a basketball official, and a multi-gallon blood donor, served as a Resident Advocate at Heritage House, and volunteered with the Cass County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. He enjoyed socializing anywhere, but especially with his friends at the Lyman café.
Creighton is survived by his wife Carolyn of Griswold, his daughter Cindi (Rod) Jackson of Denver, CO and their children, Amanda (Jonathan) Gruenewald of Phoenix, AZ, Kyle Jackson of Los Angeles, CA, and Drew (Ashley) Jackson of Denver, CO; his daughter Shelley (Jim) Trostle and their children; Will, Nate, and Laura Trostle all of Denver; and his three sons all of the Lyman area: Rod (Eileen) Sindt and their children Lindsay, Abby, and Bradley Sindt, all of Omaha, NE; Kevin (Tina) Sindt, and their children, Justine of Omaha, NE, Aaron, Ali, Jordyn, and Austin Sindt, all of Griswold; and Corey (Kelley) Sindt and their children Noah Sindt of Des Moines and Molly Sindt of Griswold; four great-grandchildren, Gabby and Anna Gruenewald of Phoenix, Darien and Bryce Jackson,and step-great-grandson Vaughn Locke of Denver; his sister Gloria (Ray) Ellerbusch of Holstein, IA, his brother-in-law Stanley Hoye of Electra, TX, many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernie and Emery Sindt, his parents-in-law Laura and Roy Rothe, his sisters-in-law Lee Bell and Vernie (Shank) Hoye, and brothers-in-law Jack Bell and Paul Shank.
Duhn Funeral Home in Griswold is assisting the family with the arrangements, and open viewing will be available there all day Friday and Saturday. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday afternoon at Griswold Community Center starting at 1:30 p.m., with a short Scripture and Prayer Service,followed by visitation with the family spent in sharing and fellowship until 4:00 PM. A private family burial will be held later at the Noble Center Cemetery.
Memorial funds will go to Alzheimer’s research.