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OBITUARY: Earl Denton 'Mac' McCreary
Earl Denton “Mac” McCreary
Earl Denton “Mac” McCreary

Earl Denton "Mac" McCreary, 93, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend died peacefully at his home on Sept. 10, 2013. Denton was born on Oct. 29, 1919, in El Dorado, Kan. to Earl and Muriel McCreary.

He attended elementary school in El Dorado and was a graduate of Dodge City High School in 1937. He worked as a lineman for the Santa Fe Railroad until joining the Army Signal Corps at the beginning of World War II.

Denton and Charlotte were married in Dodge City, Kan. on Dec. 31, 1941. He transferred to the Army-Air Force in March, 1942 where he commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in 1943 at George Field in Illinois. He flew a B-17 to England and was engaged in 26 missions with the 8th Air Force 385th Heavy Bomb Group. Denton was wounded on his last mission over Brussels in May, 1944.

As forces gathered to invade France on June 6, 1944, Denton was flown home in a hospital plane. He received The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, The European Theatre Operations Medal, and The Purple Heart for his service to his country.

Denton returned home to Dodge City to work as a salesman for the Kansas Power Company. A daughter, Melinda Gail, was born in 1946. The family moved to Chandler, Ariz. to begin a new adventure as dairy farmers. Martha Gean was born in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1950 and Peggy Colleen was born in Mesa, Ariz. in 1953.

Denton was offered a job as a ranch manager in Ehrenberg, Ariz. in 1955 and the family moved to Blythe to pursue a new career. He later managed Lonesome Valley Ranch in California until he went to work for Southern California Gas Company, retiring in 1982.

Denton enjoyed a variety of activities that included dove, quail, and pheasant hunting, as well as deer hunting often with a bow on horseback. He loved fishing, camping, houseboating, playing golf, traveling, and reading. He was an avid bridge player and could run the pool table, if given an opportunity. He was also an excellent dancer and had a beautiful singing voice.

He was a quiet man who enjoyed his 93-year-old life to the fullest. He awoke early and began the day whistling and singing; he ended his day listening to his favorite traditional country music. He read several newspapers daily, checked his email on his laptop, and never missed the nightly news. He was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for several specialties: the unusual ways he scrambled eggs, his delicious waffles, his very unique version of hollandaise sauce which he whipped up each Sunday to serve Eggs Benedict for his wife, Charlotte, and his fabulous fudge, made in an iron skillet and beaten to smooth perfection. He will be remembered fondly for many reasons, but those who knew him will remember him for his commitment to his family, especially his wife, Charlotte, his wry wit, his love of nature and of life.

Denton and Charlotte were married for 72 years and when asked the secret of a long and happy marriage, his response was always, "sense of humor."

His advice to his children: "You better take good care of yourselves; you come from a family of long livers."

Denton is survived by his wife Charlotte; three daughters, Melinda Bates (Terry), Marty Selfridge (Jock), Peggy Blum (John); four grandchildren, Matthew Denton Keenan, Samuel Driver Selfridge, Morgan McCreary Leonard, and Eli Denton Leonard; two great grandsons, Andrew Denton Keenan and Liam Michael Keenan. He is also survived by four nieces and his sister, Peggy Kozey who is 91 years old.

Denton requested that no services be held until he and Charlotte could be together again. A "Celebration of Life" will be held on what would have been his 94th birthday in October.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: Matt Nathanson

Good man, good life, God bless you "Mac"! The world is still blessed with your "family of long livers" and that is quite a good thing! Condolences and much love to all family members, especially Mrs. McCreary, one of the best teachers Ruth Brown School ever did know or had! (Pardon the grammar).

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: MaryAnn Vertrees-Ogden

Melinda, Marty, and Peggy,
My sincere sympathy to your family with the loss of your Dad.

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: Jeff Wade

The true definition of a "Hero" and a "Gentlemen."

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: George Benefield

Melinda, I would like to extend condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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