John grew up in the Mtn. Grove area and joined the U.S. Army in October of 1942. He proudly served his country in World War II in Japan and the Philippines. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for his campaigns in 1945 and he also received a Good Conduct Medal before ending his tour of duty. He was a lifelong member of the VFW.
He later spent time in Colorado in the Loveland, Greely and Fort Collins areas. He worked in a canning factory for a time and was also a truck driver for many years. He then returned to Mtn. Grove where he became a watchmaker for Hubbard’s Jewelry. He continued this profession with Clary’s Jewelry and later opened his own shop known as John’s Watch Repair until ill health forced him to retire in April 2007.
John enjoyed going to the senior citizens center and playing pool with his many friends, going to the café to eat, fishing, going to the lake and spending time with his family. Nothing made his eyes light up more than when one of his grandchildren or great-grandchildren came to spend time with “Pa John.”
John was united in marriage to Shirley Sellars Nettleton on August 3, 1974 and made her family his own for 37 years.
John was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Wanda Creed, Ruby Hopkins, Dorthy Manley and Gladys Creed; two brothers, Joe Creed and Leon Creed; two sons, Dick Creed and George Creed; and one daughter, Debbie Mings.
He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of the home; two sons, Ralph Nettleton and wife Doris of Mtn. Grove and Jack Creed of Colorado; three daughters, Robin, Judy and Karen of Colorado; one brother, Ivan Creed of Fulton, Missouri; four special grandchildren, Shannon McGowan, who was also his “nurse,” and her husband, Kevin, of Mtn. Grove, Shane Nettleton and wife Tyann of Mtn. Grove, Chris Synder of Wichita, Kansas, and Cheree Linton and husband Josh of Kansas City, Missouri; as well as other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends that will sadly miss him. John was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend.
Services were at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012, at the funeral chapel with Rev. Junior Hutsell officiating. Pallbearers were Ralph Nettleton, Shane Nettleton, Kevin McGowan, Darren Proctor, Josh Linton and Shane Coffman. Honorary pallbearers were John Earl Shannon and Dan Parker. Interment with full military honors was in Denlow Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri.
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