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Jeffrey Jerome Creal

April 29, 1969 ~ April 18, 2022 (age 52)

Obituary

Jeffrey Jerome Creal was born on April 29, 1969 in Gary, Indiana to his beloved parents, J.C. and Geraldine Creal. He was the youngest of eleven children. 

Jeffrey graduated from West Side High School in Gary, Indiana in 1987.  In November 1987 he joined the United States Air Force and retired after 20 years of dedicated service, earning the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning home, he was employed by U.S. Steel Mill (Gary Works) for many years as a Larry Car Operator.

Jeffrey was married to Shalonda Wilson and to this union, two children were born, Jeffrey “Buddy” Creal and Jasmine Janee’ Creal. 

After retiring from the Air Force, Jeffrey began to achieve all his life-long dreams. He became a homeowner and found his best friend, Roxy (his beloved Boxer). He married Natasha Creal in 2013.

Jeffrey was a proud, giving and generous soul. Jeffrey was a man that loved to joke and tease everyone. He loved to fish with his brother, Tony; favorite cousins, and Roxy. His love of pool filled many evenings with his nephew, Jamaal, and close friends. 

Jeffrey was the baby of the Creal Family, but always wanted to fill  his father’s shoes. In his life, he was able to fill many shoes, including, son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. 

We give thanks to the three spiritual mothers who gave Jeffrey encouraging words when he no longer had his birth mother. His spiritual mothers include: Mother Evelyn Burnside, Mother Alice Youghbor and Mother Cynthia Outlar (Carter). 

Jeffrey is preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Geraldine Creal; two brothers, Stanley Creal and Parker Lee Creal; maternal and paternal grandparents and his beloved aunt, Maudie Carr. 

Jeffrey departed this life suddenly on Monday, April 18, 2022, in Merrillville, Indiana.

Jeffrey leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Natsha Creal (Gary, IN);  his loving children, Jeffrey “Buddy” (Tabitha), Jamine Janee’ Creal; grandchildren, Adrianna Creal, Gabriel Creal, Ryleigh Wrathell, Marhya Wrathell, Taylor Mason (Elkhart, IN); devoted siblings, Winfred Jones (Joliet, IL), Sarah (Roy) Akins, Jacqueline Jones, James Creal, Tony Creal, Joyce Creal, Starlynn Creal-McKee, and Sandra Creal; best friend, Terry Carter; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
April 28, 2022

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Minor-Morris Funeral Home, Ltd.
112 Richards Street
Joliet, IL 60433

Visitation
Friday
April 29, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Tree-Life Missionary Baptist Church
2323 W. 11th Avenue
Gary, IN 46404

Celebration of Life
Friday
April 29, 2022

11:30 AM
Tree-Life Missionary Baptist Church
2323 W. 11th Avenue
Gary, IN 46404

Military Honors
Friday
April 29, 2022

2:30 PM
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois 60421

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