CEDAR LAKE - Carl Ross Cremeens' mechanical know-how often was put to the
He had the ability to mechanically repair most cars, including antiques,
said his daughter Sandra Reeves.
Mr. Cremeens had remodeled his home and built a second garage. He needed
the extra room to house the cars he repaired for others and his project cars.
Mr. Cremeens, 91, a Cedar Lake resident for 50 years, died Dec. 12.
"He was always tinkering or working on something," Reeves said. "He wouldn't
even come into eat."
Mr. Cremeens had been working on restoring a 1963 Ford Thunderbird, a 1960
Volkswagen and a 1973 Chevrolet Nova.
Reeves said, "He didn't like to ask for help, but he was the first to offer
his." Mr. Cremeens not only worked on the cars of his family members and his
friends, but would not hesitate to stop and help a stranded motorist.
Mr. Cremeens had a talent for carving whistles and figurines from wood. He
often made gifts of these and gave them to his children and his grandchildren.
"He had steady hands," said Reeves.
Mr. Cremeens was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2437 of Lowell,
and had retired as a hot metal distributor from Inland Steel with 40 years' of
Mr. Cremeens is survived by four daughters, Sharon Miller, Sandra Reeves and
Ethel Herron, all of Cedar Lake and Shirley (Robert) Wright of Kansas City,
Mo.; two sons, Dale Cremeens of Portage and Gary Cremeens of Cedar Lake; 14
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Ermal Bannister of Griffith;
two brothers, Lytle (Wanda) Cremeens of Griffith and Geoffrey (Roberta)
Cremeens of West Frankfort, Ill.
A memorial service for Mr. Cremeens was Friday at the Burdan Funeral Home in
Cedar Lake with the Rev. Olen Damouth officiating.
Interment took place at Brady Cemetery, Akin, Ill.