Larry Creger


Larry Rex Creger, 88, of Ottumwa, died at 7:55 a.m. June 29, 2021 at his home.

He was born July 25, 1932 in Truro, Iowa to Leland S. and Phyllis H. Fluke Creger. He married Darlene Biles August 21, 1955.

A graduate of Truro High School and Simpson College, Larry attended the University of Iowa and earned an MA from Colorado State University. He coached high school and professional basketball and was the assistant coach under the legendary Bill Sharman for the Utah Stars, winning an ABA Championship in 1971 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1974 to 1977. He was also a scout for the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Larry owned and operated the Southern Pro League in Los Angeles and lived in Florida for a short time, before moving to Ottumwa in 2018.

Larry loved playing golf. He enjoyed history and was especially interested in the Civil War era.

Surviving is his wife, Darlene; their children, Carolyn (Kurt) Kash of Palm Harbor, FL and Steve (Alicia) Creger of Inglewood, CA; 6 grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel, Brittany, Caitlin, Diana and Nathaniel; 7 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Julian, Jenna, Rien, Makenna, Olivia, Maya; and 1 great-great-granddaughter, Jameson.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Patricia; and siblings, Jack Leland, Billy Max, Kay Lee and Kent Kendall.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, July 2nd, at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. For those unable to attend the service it may be viewed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.

Cremation will follow the services.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter or the Donor’s choice.

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