Ruth Creasey

Ruth Creasey


April 16, 1930 - May 7, 2024


Ruth Creasey, 94, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at her home in Mitchell. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Monday, May 13, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be Sunday, May 12, from 2-4:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live stream of Ruth's service can be viewed at:

Ruth Ilene Creasey (Pesicka/Simpson) was born April 16, 1930 in a farmhouse located between Geddes and Armour, SD. She was the daughter of James and Eva Mae (Miley) Pesicka as the 9th of 10 children. Ruth had seven sisters and two brothers all of whom are deceased except her youngest sister, Joan LeDoux, living in Minneapolis. Ruth attended Country School for 12 years through high school.

Ruth married Frank Wesley Simpson in June of 1948. To this union, five daughters were born: Linda, Marcia, Debbie, Cathy, and Sheri. Frank and Ruth moved from the Geddes/Armour area, after their first daughter was born, to Minneapolis, MN where their four other daughters were born. Ruth ran a daycare in her home in Minneapolis all while raising her five young daughters. The family relocated to Maquoketa, IA around 1965 where the two oldest daughters graduated high school. The family then relocated one last time to Sioux Falls, SD in 1970. Ruth held several jobs in Sioux Falls. She worked in Retail Sales at Fantles Dept. Store and Schrivers Dept. Store for many years. Her husband, Frank, passed away on April 29th, 1971 at the young age of 46. Ruth raised her three youngest daughters in Sioux Falls by herself, and continued her Retail Sales. Ruth also worked downtown Sioux Falls at Northwestern Bell as a District Operator Service Manager.

Ruth met and married Vern Creasey in February of 1981. They lived on Creasey Farms in Geddes, SD for 7 or 8 years before retiring and settling in Mitchell, SD in the late 1980's. Ruth kept very busy in Mitchell with her volunteer work at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital for 20+ years. She also volunteered as a Greeter at The Corn Palace, greeting visitors for over 10+ years. Ruth was active in many groups/organizations. She was a lifetime member of ESA (Epsilon Signa Alpha) for over 50 years, active in many circles in her First United Methodist Church, a PEO member for over 20 years, Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge member.

Ruth's main passion was her love of dancing. She danced her entire life. She loved ballroom dancing, square dancing, tap dancing, and basically ALL types of dancing!! That was her "Happy Place".

Husband Vern Creasey passed away in March of 1997. Ruth stayed in Mitchell, SD after Vern’s death. She stayed busy with all her organizations, and she also got involved in playing ALL kinds of card games. She loved playing Bridge, MahJong, Pinochle, Pitch, and even a good Dice or Poker game.

Ruth met Michael D. Ryan in 1999, and he became her dancing, card playing, traveling, and good friend. Ruth was able to take many trips out of the country over her life. Mike and Ruth made several trips out of the country together, and she also took many cruises out of the country with her daughter, Cathy. Mike passed away in Nov. of 2020.

Ruth cherished her five daughters and held a special relationship with each of them. She had nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Ruth lost her daughter, Marcia Bolte, to Covid in 2020. She is survived by her four daughters, Linda Johnson, Mitchell, SD, Deborah (Gary) Brawley, Erie, CO, Catherine Williams, Rapid City, SD, and Sheri (Mike) Simpson, Frederick, CO.

Ruth lived a long, happy, and healthy life, and will be missed by many.


Sunday, May 12, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, May 13, 2024
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Woodlawn Cemetery
Sioux Falls, SD

Posted by Marcie Nordstrom on June 6, 2024
Oh the stories I could tell of our adventures while living in Geddes, so much fun. I miss those days and my buddy, Ruth!
Posted by Judy Offenbacher on May 14, 2024
Ruth was a very special lady. I was proud to call her my Aunt.
She will be missed.
Posted by Evelyn on May 13, 2024
It was great knowing you Ruth , a kind ,loving ,sweet soul.We will miss you ,rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by Jan Quenzer on May 12, 2024
Ruth was a lovely person. I send my love and sympathy!! I knew her through Mike.
Posted by Charlotte Muchow on May 11, 2024
I had not met Ruth, but feel I knew her. I say prayers for her family and friends, especially for my friend, Linda.
Posted by Nick on May 10, 2024
Love You Grandma/Great Grandma! Best Ever 💪❤️-Love Shay, Ty, Mia, Nick
Posted by Sheila Janusz on May 9, 2024
Linda and family we are all thinking of you. Aunt Ruth will be missed by many.
Posted by Bonnie Gardner on May 9, 2024
I knew Ruth through ESA & she was a great member. Also, my husband's Aunt & Uncle were Creaseys & I think they were related. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Aggie Shields on May 9, 2024
Ruth was a great lady enjoyed playing bridge with her . God Bless her . will pray for her God Bless Aggie
Posted by Barb Goldammer on May 8, 2024
Ruth was a wonderful lady. She was loved by all and will truly be missed.
Posted by Nikki Bolte on May 7, 2024
Ruth was a wonderful lady- beautiful inside and out and was an amazing great grandmother to my three children - Shay, Ty, and Mia

She always had a smile on her face and was loving and kind.

Sherri, Debbie, Cathy and family- we are so very sorry for your loss.
We will be at the services this weekend.

Thinking of you all
Much love-
Posted by Carolyn Tucker on May 7, 2024
Sweet lady. Blessed with a long life.
Posted by Charolette Peterson on May 7, 2024
Linda and family sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and Prayers 🙏
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