Deputy Michael Creager, II

November 27, 1974 - September 25, 2020
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Deputy Michael E. Creager, II, age 45, of Uhrichsville, a warrior and beloved member of the Tuscarawas County Sherriff’s Office, died peacefully, early Friday, September 25, 2020, surrounded by his family following a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Union Hospital at Dover, Ohio on November 27, 1974, Mike was a…

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Deputy Michael E. Creager, II, age 45, of Uhrichsville, a warrior and beloved member of the Tuscarawas County Sherriff’s Office, died peacefully, early Friday, September 25, 2020, surrounded by his family following a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Union Hospital at Dover, Ohio on November 27, 1974, Mike was a son of Deberah (Gus) Zoppi of Midvale and the late Michael E. Creager.

Mike was a 1993 graduate of Indian Valley High School; and prior to pursuing a career in law enforcement, worked for Marlite at Dover and served as the caretaker of the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. It was during this time Mike began working as a Reserve Deputy with the Tuscarawas County Sherriff’s Office and was part of the Mounted Unit. In 2010, he became a Road Deputy and transitioned into the K-9 Unit. His partner, Fygo, a Belgian Malinois, became a State of Ohio certified patrol/narcotics detection K-9. Together, Mike and Fygo trained with the Police K-9 Association (PK9A), where Mike served as a Board Member. Mike and Fygo also worked as members of the Tuscarawas County Sherriff’s Office SWAT team. Mike was a talented K-9 trainer who had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States to work with other departments as they trained their K-9 officers.

Mike’s world, however, revolved around his daughters. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. He was a skilled craftsman who enjoyed making special furniture for his daughters and then helped them to paint and finish their pieces. He also enjoyed making custom wooden flags. He will be missed by many for his willingness to help others, his fun-loving spirit, and selfless acts.

In addition to his mother and step-father, Debbie and Gus Zoppi, and his beloved daughters, Michaela and Italia Creager, Mike is survived by his brother, Kirk Creager; an aunt, Linda Fox; a cousin Michelle (Brad) Cook and their children, Tolan and Brianna as well as countless friends whom he also considered family.

Guests are welcome to greet the family on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the Four Way Barn of the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Please use the Tuscarawas Avenue entrance to the fairgrounds. Pastor Brian Flood will lead a service honoring Mike’s life at 1:30 PM at the fairgrounds grandstands. A special funeral procession will escort Mike to his final resting place in the Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.

Contributions in Mike’s memory may be directed to the Police K9 Association, PO Box 7232, Canton, Ohio, 44705 or to the Tuscarawas County Sherriff’s Office K-9 Unit, 2295 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Aultman Hospital 6th Floor East Memorial and Aultman Home Health Care Staff for the excellent care and attention they provided to Mike.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 1:00 pm

Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds

Address:

259 S. Tuscarawas Ave.
Dover, OH 44622

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Guests are welcome to greet the family in the Four Way Barn of the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Please use the Tuscarawas Avenue entrance to the fairgrounds.


Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time: 1:30 pm

Services will be held in the grandstands at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Please use the Tuscarawas Avenue entrance to the fairgrounds.


Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Evergreen Burial Park

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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A special funeral procession will escort Mike to his final resting place.


Donation Information

Tuscarawas County Sherriff’s Office K-9 Unit

2295 Reiser Ave. SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Police K9 Association

PO Box 7232
Canton, OH 44705

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Born: November 27, 1974
Died: September 25, 2020

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Dave and Ruthie Meese posted on 10/7/20

Debbie and family, So sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.God Bless.

 

Dr. Gilbert Rowley posted on 10/7/20

To the entire family, Please accept my most sincere sympathy. I was saddened that we were unable to reverse Mike's severe illness, and I was humbled by the manner in which he somehow displayed a pleasant demeanor as it progressed. It was truly a privilege to participate in his care, albeit only briefly.

 

P Anderson posted on 10/3/20

My sincere sympathy to Mike’s family. The Mike I knew had a very caring and loving heart. I am sure he never wanted his family to bear the heartache of his passing. May he rest in peace and may his loved ones know they have an angel watching over them!!

 

Adriano posted on 10/2/20

Mike I met you when I was little and you showed me your police car and I thought it was so cool. I want to be a cop or go into the military when I’m older so I can protect and serve like you.

 

Gerry Tinor posted on 10/2/20

Debbie- I am so very, very sorry... Gerry

 

Elvira Eberly posted on 10/1/20

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ellie Eberly

 

Jimmy McDonald posted on 10/1/20

Remember meeting you the first time at Salt Well Stables taking lessons with Jay. I was impressed with your personality, work ethic and just enjoyed talking with you. Just drawn to be your friend. Then through life sharing stories and life experiences. You're a good man and will be missed but time. Thank you for serving, sharing, giving and making a difference. Rest in peace my friend.

 

Jenna Long posted on 10/1/20

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike this past winter/spring. I always looked forward to seeing Mike and hearing about his daughters, new projects, and stories about work. Prayers to your family and anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Mike. -Jenna Long COTA/L

 

The Rausch family posted on 10/1/20

Much love.

 

Greg Quillen family posted on 9/30/20

Our deepest sympathy to all. Prayers & thoughts sent your way.

 

Debra Byers posted on 9/30/20

I am sorry for the loss of your Husband/ Father. Absent from this body is present with the Lord. May our Father in Heaven give you strength to get through knowing that he is in a better place.

 

Nancy Williams posted on 9/30/20

Debbie and family, I am so sorry to see that Mike lost the battle that he so valiantly tried to overcome! He was a very special patient and a joy to care for... Peace be with you all, Nancy Williams RN

 

Julie Tope posted on 9/30/20

Debbie, girls & family you have our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will always cherish all the good memories we shared with him. Love, Greg, Julie, Megan & Cassidy!!???

 

Michael Ramey posted on 9/29/20

May you rest in peace for eternity. Thank you for your service. Dear Lord wrap your loving arms around this family

 

Chris Kohl posted on 9/29/20

RIP. So very sorry for his daughters and family's loss. My condolences.

 

Erin & Phil Ulrich posted on 9/29/20

Our thoughts are with you in this time. Mike was a kind soul. --Erin & Phil Ulrich

 

Nancy Welker posted on 9/29/20

Prayers for family and friends. So sorry for your loss.

 

Pam Ray posted on 9/29/20

I'm so sorry for your loss you have my condolences prayers

 

Holly Boudreau posted on 9/29/20

Thank you for your service. May you Rest In Peace. Prayers sent to the family friends and Department.

 

Joan and Paul Swaney posted on 9/29/20

So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

 

Matt Harding posted on 9/29/20

Prayers to Mike's girls and his family both blood and blue. RIP dear friend.

 

Michael Austing posted on 9/29/20

Rest in peace, Deputy Mike! Michael D. Austing President 42d MP Group (Customs) Reunion Association

 

Karen Render posted on 9/29/20

Prayers to family and friends

 

Lucy Bonner Ricklic posted on 9/29/20

Dear Debbie and family, what a legacy Mike has left. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our precious memories stay with us always and keep our loved ones close.

 

Dave and Melanie Archer posted on 9/29/20

We send you our sincerest sympathy in the loss of Michael. We thank Deputy Creager for protecting and serving his county, his family and his coworkers. Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with all of you at this tragic time in your lives...You will have many good memories of a great father, son, brother, friend and brother in blue. ~ Retired Dover Officer Dave Archer and Melanie Archer.

 

Jeremy Hoffer posted on 9/28/20

We will miss you brother. May St. Micheal pray for you and send you on your way..

 

Nancy & Bernard Nagy posted on 9/28/20

Mike, you will be missed beyond words. We're thankful we had the opportunity to meet you and will cherish the wooden blue line flag you handcrafted. Our condolences to your family, friends, LE family, PK9A officers and K9 Fygo.

 

Mookie P. posted on 9/28/20

May you forever Rest In Peace, sir. Thank you for your service and for your fine, upstanding example to your community and your peers.

 

Valerie Lefler posted on 9/28/20

We are so sorry for your loss. Valerie and Joe Lefler

 

Marjorie Cronk posted on 9/28/20

Debbie, Kirk, and daughters, we are so sorry for your loss you all are in our prayers R.I.P. Mike

 

Valerie posted on 9/28/20

Never knew this man that served his community. Public servants are definitely special people and so are the people that love and support them. Wishing you all peace and wonderful memories

 

Robert W. Everett - President, Tuscora Lodge #4, Fraternal Order of Police posted on 9/28/20

Dear Creager Family, On behalf of Tuscora Lodge #4, Fraternal Order of Police, all of you have our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. Mike was a great law enforcement officer and member of our lodge. He was always willing to help out, in whatever way he could, to make life better for so many. He will be sorely missed by all of us, along with the citizens of Tuscarawas County, which he so diligently and professionally served. Your tour of duty on this earth is over, well done Mike, well done.......

 

Malloryhutchison posted on 9/28/20

Dear Debbie n all of Mike’s families, So sorry for your great loss, our sympathy n prayers will be with you during this very difficult time. God Bless, Ken n Mallory Holmes Hutchison

 

miranda milburn posted on 9/28/20

You will always be missed . You was a great friend to everyone from your heart.

 

MLW posted on 9/28/20

Rest in piece brother. Thanks for your service!

 

Scott & Beth Ballentine posted on 9/28/20

We were saddened to hear the news of Mike's passing. It was truly an honor to have known him and served with him. Rest in peace my brother.

 

Jim Sholtz posted on 9/28/20

I wish I had the words. Mike was a guy that I always wanted on a bad scene. He was a great guy. I will surely miss him.

 

LuAnn Kail posted on 9/28/20

Debbie and Family,So sorry to hear of Mike's passing.Keeping you in my prayers.

 

Janie Burdette posted on 9/28/20

Deepest sympathy to all the family! God bless you all!

 

Kassidy posted on 9/28/20

He was a good guy.

 

C Robert Copple, and family posted on 9/28/20

We are so sorry to hear the news about Michael passing, we send our deepest condolences to his family, may god bless and help you through these difficult times. RIP Brother

 

Kassidy posted on 9/28/20

He was a great guy my mom worked with him cause she’s a dispatcher and she would tell me stories about him and all the officers she still does it’s really sad that he’s gone he was a good dad to his girls and specially his k9 lol he loved his dog he was a good police officer everytime he walk in the dispatchers room to talk to the dispatchers my mom said he made everyone happy and laughed.

 

Michael Cox posted on 9/28/20

May you rest in peace.

 

Greg Gilmore posted on 9/28/20

Family and Friends, So very sorry for your loss. I was lucky enough to train with Mike and his K9. Always a good dude and enjoyed what he did. Take peace in knowing the golden streets of heaven are safer now!! Condolences, Greg Gilmore Canton PD

 

Jim and Diana Sims posted on 9/28/20

So sorry for your loss.

 

Alice Moreland posted on 9/28/20

So sorry for your loss of son and father.

 

Jeremy Turney and family posted on 9/28/20

7963, 37, 43. Called home to await the final swat call out. Rest In Peace Mike.

 

Linda L. reese posted on 9/28/20

So very sorry to hear of Mike’s death. Peace to all the family

 

Lisa posted on 9/28/20

My Condolences to the Family and Friends! It's hard to loose an Angel on earth now he's an Angel looking down protecting his loved ones! Thank you for your service.

 

John Clark posted on 9/28/20

Thank you for your service...May you Rest In Peace...Thoughts & prayers to your family....John & Becky Clark

 

Joe Freitas posted on 9/28/20

REST IN PEACE HERO.

 

Sherry posted on 9/28/20

So sorry for mike loss he was such a nice guy. The Mackey's Rick Sherry Mckenzie

 

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