Former Local 243 president Omer Credyt, who negotiated first union contract in 1968, has died

August 8, 2012

Omer Creydt, the first president of Local 243 after the union secured bargaining rights, died a few days ago. His signature is on a cover letter to members accompanying a copy of the first teacher’s union contract (covering the period from September 2, 1968 to December 31, 1969). A copy of that contract is available as a PDF in the DOCUMENTS section of this website (see tab at top of page).

Reprinted below is a copy of the obituary for Omer Creydt that was published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 6, 2012:

MONONA – Omer P. Creydt, age 86, of Monona, passed peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, surrounded by family at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 10, 1925, to Ervin and Agnes (Jaeke) Creydt in Watertown. On Oct. 11, 1947, he was united in marriage to Ardis Mueller in Hustisford. Omer grew up on a family dairy farm in Lebanon and graduated from Watertown High School. He went onto serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After graduation from University of Wisconsin Stout, Omer began a teaching career that spanned nearly three decades. In Madison, he started at Central Colony and then moved to MATC’s apprenticeship program. Throughout the years, Omer held various leadership positions including teachers’ union president. In his spare time, Omer ran a Shopsmith business from his home. He also enjoyed travelling to Hot Springs, Ark., and Door Country and daily breakfasts out with his beloved wife of 65 years.

Omer is survived by his wife, Ardis; five children, Terry (Lydia) Creydt of Madison, Lynne Glinski of Green Bay, Joel (Pam) Creydt of Altoona, Mary Creydt of Madison, and Cindy (Tony) Brooks of Waterford; grandchildren, Beth, Jeremy (Lori), Amy, Ben (Samantha), Sam (special friend, Jen), Jeff (Bethany), Dan, Nathan and Grant; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, Joshua, Garrett, Claire and Griffin. He is further survived by a brother, Harris (Alice) Creydt; and brother-in-law, Arlen (Delores) Mueller along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jeanette Hinze.

A celebration of life will be held at ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road , Monona, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. He will be laid to rest in Highland Memory Gardens, Madison. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday. Memorials may be directed to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church or Al-Anon Family Groups.

Omer inspired those he guided and sponsored making the world a better place.

Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care, 5203 Monona Drive. (608) 221-5420

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