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Thomas K. KreakbaumJuly 10, 1938 ~ June 2, 2017 (age 78)
Tom Kreakbaum, 78, of Portage Lakes passed away peacefully at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center on June 2, 2017. He was born July 10, 1938 in Akron to the late John and Theresa (Kraus) Kreakbaum.
Tom graduated from Buchtel High School and then attended The Ohio State University and The University of Akron. After college, he worked for B.F. Goodrich as an engineer and retired with 30 years of service. Following a brief retirement, Tom enjoyed spending his time at the family restaurant, Peppe & Luigi’s Pizza, and at his frame shop and art gallery, Green Studios. He was also a member of Adoniram-Joppa Lodge No. 517.
Tom was an accomplished artist and enjoyed painting with watercolors and metal-sculpting. He was an avid ice and bass fisherman, loved vacationing at the Outer Banks and spending time watching the boats from his deck on the Portage Lakes. He had a life-long passion for football and enjoyed being an athletic trainer for the Manchester High School football team for many years. One of his proudest accomplishments was being a member of the 1957 Woody Hayes-Ohio State Championship football team.
The family would especially like to thank Kathy Stoner for her never-ending support, care and guidance.
Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Thomas Kreakbaum; and sister, Margaret Nasvadi. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara (Ososki); son, Douglas Kreakbaum; daughter, Debra Miller; grandchildren, Zachary, Alex and Emma Kreakbaum, Riley and Zane Miller; and great-grandchild, Caiden Kreakbaum; as well as many other loving family and friends.
We are reminded of Tom’s favorite phrase – “Getting old isn’t for sissies!”
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (SR619), Akron, Ohio 44319 with Magistrate Todd McKenney officiating. Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 6 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to The American Heart Association, 15120 Collections Center Dr., Chicago IL 60693. To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com.