Published in the Los
Angeles Times on February 20, 2012
James Kenneth Husband, Father, Loyal Friend, Professional Baseball Player,
Marine Corps Officer, Furniture Maker, and man of the highest Honor and
"Ken" McCreight, died on January 19, 2012 from cancer. Born
on July 7, 1922 in Marissa, Illinois, Baseball, and all sports, were Ken's
passions and remained so all of his life. He was recruited to play baseball
for USC, and fell in love with Southern California. World War II intervened
in his college career, and he returned to USC after the war ended, though
staying in the Marine Corps Reserves.
In 1947 he signed with the Washington Senators and met the love of his
life, Norma. He continued to play professional baseball until he was called
back into the Marine Corps for the Korean War, when he was awarded the
Bronze Star for his keen sense of "responsibility, knowledge, aggressiveness
and steadfast courage under intense enemy assault".
After this war he decided to make the Marine Corps his career. His favorite
position was running the "All Marine Corps Athletic Program"
where he formulated a championship athletic program in which every Marine
around the world could participate, and was responsible for arranging
training and competition for the many Olympic class athletes in the Marine
Corps. He represented the Corps on numerous AAU and Olympic Games Committees.
After service in the G-2 Intelligence section in Honolulu during the Viet
Nam war effort, he retired from the Corps in 1968. He was the Western
States representative for The Athletic Institute for a number of years,
and then became a skilled wood turner and bench-made furniture maker.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma McCreight, his devoted daughter,
Connie McCreight, of Los Angeles, and his sister, Frances Atwood of Moscow,
He was predeceased by four of his five siblings, and recently, his closest
friend and son-in-law, Dennis Kinnaird.