Tyson "Pete" Hartman Creamer, a retired career Air Force officer who later raised sheep on a 10-acre farm in Walkersville, died there of cancer Monday. He was 73.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, he was a 1948 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1952 from the University of Maryland.
He served in the Air Force as a personnel officer for 20 years at bases in the continental United States, Hawaii and Japan, before retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1973.
After returning to Frederick County, he worked as a salesman at Southern States Cooperative until retiring in 1994.
Colonel Creamer began raising sheep when he lived at Mount Pleasant and later at Wee Acres Farm in Walkersville. He was a member of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association and was named Shepherd of the Year by the organization in 1992.
Colonel Creamer also volunteered at the Glade Valley Food Bank and delivered meals to home-bound senior citizens in the Walkersville-Mount Pleasant area. He served as blood drive coordinator for the Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Region of the American Red Cross. He also was a volunteer and transportation driver with the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Colonel Creamer had served as treasurer of the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club and was a member of the Frederick Optimist Club. He was also an active member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and several Air Force associations.
Colonel Creamer was a member of and sang in the choir at Walkersville United Methodist Church, where services were held yesterday.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Sylvia J. Godsey; a son, Daniel H. Creamer of Frederick; three daughters, Nancy H. Johnson of Woodsboro, and Catherine F. Zier and Ann T. Hammond, both of Frederick; a sister, Gloria M. Wharton of Baltimore; and six grandsons.