May 28, 2019


Samuel D. Cretsinger, 90, of Coon Rapids, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

Funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with the Rev. Joyce Webb officiating. Organist for the service will be Lula Garnes, and soloist will be Jill Hart. Casket bearers will be Jonathan Cretsinger, Stuart Cretsinger, Ethan Cretsinger, Gavin Cretsinger, Jared Kenyon, Conner Kenyon, Logan Kenyon and Cole Cretsinger. Burial will be at Orange Township Cemetery near Coon Rapids.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids. Visitation at the church will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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Born on June 11, 1928, on his family’s farm south of Coon Rapids, he was a son of Estus and Mildred (Coffman) Cretsinger. His family moved to the current Cretsinger family farm when Sam was in his early teens. He graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1944 and then went on to Drake University where he studied seminary and music. That is where he met the love of his life, Corrine Wiltsie, and they were married in November 1948 at University Christian Church in Des Moines.

After college, Sam and Corrine came back to Coon Rapids where they farmed until moving into Coon Rapids in 1977. In 1966, Sam began working at Annear Insurance Agency, which later became the Coon Rapids Insurance Agency, where he sold insurance and real estate until his retirement in 1991.

The Cretsingers were very active for many years in First Christian Church of Coon Rapids where Sam served as chairman and on the Board of Elders. He served on the board of Home Mutual Insurance Company of Manning, Iowa, for 36 years, he was a past president and secretary of the Coon Rapids Rotary Club, and he was a member of the Gideons and FFA Alumni.

Sam and Corrine sang at many weddings and funerals over the years. Sam enjoyed flying and watching airplanes, going to the farm to make sure things were running smoothly, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Sam is survived by his three sons and their families: Doug Cretsinger (Connie) of Grimes, Iowa, Dan Cretsinger (Marci) of Houston, Texas, and Wiltsie Cretsinger (Mary) of Coon Rapids; 10 grandchildren: Troy Cretsinger (Becky) of Des Moines, Michael Cretsinger (Suzie) of Byron, Illinois, Sean Cretsinger (Erin) of Elkhart, Iowa, Rachel Kenyon (Aaron) of Coon Rapids, Dana Cretsinger of Houston, Texas, Sam Cretsinger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jonathan Cretsinger (Randi) of Coon Rapids, Stuart Cretsinger (Melissa) of Ankeny, Iowa, Ethan Cretsinger (Kennedi) of Coon Rapids, and Gavin Cretsinger of Coon Rapids; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Bowman, of Coon Rapids; a sister-in-law, Willa Johnson, of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded death by his parents, Estus and Mildred Cretsinger; father- and mother-in-law, Obe and Sophia Wiltsie; sister Madeline Kretzinger; infant grandson Andrew; and wife, Corrine, in 2015.