When I was a boy the forest was home
Her children were brothers, I wasn't alone
The stars were shining, the rivers flowed clean
The beaver he chewed on an old poplar tree
The birds were singing, the earth renewed each spring
The fox was friendly, we shared the same things.
But I will come again from time to time
To revisit this earth that provided me my robe of life
My spirit through the clouds will flow gently by
As a new day softly morning comes, I will be there laughing
For it is not for a man to say what's to happen with all creation
The one who has the right to say it, is the one who has created it.
~ Native American Prayer (excerpt)
Witt James Creek, age 51, passed away on February 28, 2022, in Ozark, Missouri. Witt was the loving son of Dan and Janis Creek, Ozark; brother of Shannon (Mike Williams), Ozark; and brother of Danielle Sellenriek, Nixa. He was the steadfast uncle of Shelby, Austin, Seth, Sam, and Lilly; the great uncle of Nova, Sloan, and Luna.
Witt graduated from Ozark High School in 1988. He was a multi-sport athlete and was as much admired for his sportsmanship as his ability (1988 Athlete of the Year). He attended Missouri State University. Witt became a highly skilled craftsman, working in the construction trades as a job foreman and teacher of all things - if it needed to be built, Witt knew how to do it. He generously shared those talents with family and friends over the years, often refusing to be paid for his efforts when he knew he was of help to others.
Witt was an avid outdoorsman. His time spent in the woods or on the river was where he found his peace, often fishing, hunting, or digging for arrowheads. "Riverman" to his friends, he could spend days floating rivers and sharing his joy of the outdoors. He told great stories, even better jokes, and put on the best fish frys.
Most of all, Witt was fiercely protective of the people he loved. He was the champion for many when it was needed most, whether it was a family member, friend, or even a stranger in need of help. He gave the best of who he was to everyone around him, and his heart was so pure and good and we are blessed to have had him in our lives.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Witt's honor on April 2, 2022 at 305 S. Sixth Ave. Ozark, MO from 3-5 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, and Adams Crematory.