James H. Cretsinger, Sr. of 6119 Birchmont, Houston, Texas died January 18, 2006 at the Forum under the care of Hospice in Houston. He was born in Breckenridge, TX January 23, 1924 to Parents James O. and Atha L. Cretsinger who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death is his wife of 50 years, Ruth.
Jim served his country during WWII as a Lt. in the Army Air Force. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for 1-1/2 years. He would recount how George Patton with Ivory pistols at his side liberated them by crashing his lead tank through the Prison Gates. Following WWII he returned to Texas A&M and graduated with honors with degrees in Mechanical, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and obtained his license as a Professional Engineer for the State of Texas. Before retirement he had been a Vice President at Miller and Lents, LTD a Professional Petroleum Engineering firm in Houston.
Surviving is: Sons, James H. Cretsinger, Jr. and wife Penny, Gordon H. Cretsinger of Houston and a Daughter, Gwendolyn M. Cretsinger, Arlington, Texas. A Brother Robert G. Cretsinger, Plumsteadville, PA, first cousin, Ruth Schaffer Clinton, Granbury, Texas; nephews Don Cretsinger, Norman, OK, Doug Cretsinger, Des Moines, IA, David Cretsinger, Coventry CT., Dean Cretsinger, McLean, VA, nieces, Diane L. Brown, Tampa, FL., and Deborah Cretsinger, Highland Park, NJ.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of the Spring Branch Hamptons facility and the Vitas Hospice organization for all the kindness they showed Jim and the family.
Viewing will be held at the Earthman Funeral Home, 8303 Katy Freeway on Friday, January 20, 2006 from 5 to 9 p.m. Services will be held at Cashner Colonial Chapel on Saturday, January 21st at 12:30 pm in Conroe Texas with Rev. R. C. Babione officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Research or MD Anderson Cancer Research.