Roland Creaser, 83, ran a tree service, dairy farms, real estate services business
Roland Creaser, 83, died at his home in Largo, Florida on Jan. 28, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Roland was born on December 10, 1938 in Englewood, New Jersey. He then moved to Antwerp, Belgium with his parents. After Belgium, Roland moved to Darien, where he met the love of his life, Sally Tief. He graduated from Darien High School in 1958.
He enlisted in the United States Navy, where he spent time in New York, Maryland, Delaware and South Carolina. Roland was stationed on the USS Valley Forge then transferred to the USS Grayback SSG-574 for submarine missions, where he took part in several operations in Alaska, Japan, off the Russian coast and in the China Sea . In 1961 he was honorably discharged and returned to Darien.
He married Sally Tief in 1962. Roland later earned his associate degree from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in urban forestry. He then started Creaser’s Tree Service, which employed 25 people.
Roland and Sally moved to Rowayton. They had their first son, James Creaser, on December 22, 1964. Their family continued to grow with the birth of their second son, Joseph Creaser, on November 20, 1966.
In 1970 Roland became a regional factory representative for Espoma Fertilizer Company. He established and ran dairy farms in Vermont and New York. Meanwhile, their family continued to grow with the birth of their third son, John Creaser, on October 29, 1973; then their fourth and last son, Jerry Creaser, on February 7, 1975.
He moved to Edmonton, Kentucky where he grew up and ran the largest hog farm in Metcalfe County. Roland then made the decision to sell the farm and moved to Ocala, Florida in 1977.
Once there, he engaged in all phases of real estate, with appraisal companies and investment properties. As the family grew, he moved to Gahanna, Ohio in 1988, continuing his real estate services. The family grew with the birth of their first grandchild, Morgan Creaser.
Roland then moved to Largo, Florida in 1996. He continued his business, Creaser’s Appraisal Service. Roland remained in Largo as his family grew with other grandchildren, Jesse Creaser, Charles Creaser, Caitlin Creaser and Jack Creaser.
Roland was an active member of the American Legion and other organizations. He stayed true to the love of his life, Sally Creaser, as they both battled the global pandemic, COVID-19.
Roland is survived by his sister, Margaret Blackburn and his brother, Jack Creaser. He is also survived by his wife, Sally Creaser, four sons: Jim, Joe, John and Jerry Creaser; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, including a third to be born in May 2022.
– an obituary from Abbey Affordable Cremation & Funeral Services at Legacy.com, where online condolences can be left