In Memory: John L. Creed, Jr. LSU Grad, Rice Broker

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USA Rice extends condolences to the family and friends of John L. Creed, Jr., of Houston, Texas, who passed away on June 9, at the age of 96.  

John was in the rice business for over 50 years and was the chairman of the board of the Creed Rice Co., Inc., an international rice brokerage firm.

A World War II veteran, John interrupted his studies at Louisiana State University to join the U.S. Army and fight with General George Patton's Third Army in Europe.  Upon his return to civilian life, he finished his studies at LSU, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1946, and also graduating from L.S.U. Law School in 1949.  

John and his wife, Kathyrn, moved to Houston in 1953 where he worked for Comet Rice Mills.  He was a vice president at Blue Ribbon Rice Mill, Inc. for 20 years before founding Creed Rice Co., Inc., in 1973 and The Creed Rice Market Report in 1985.

In 2006, the U.S.A. Rice Millers Association presented John with The Distinguished Service Award.

"John had a long and distinguished career in the rice industry," said Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods COO.  "Using skills he learned studying engineering and the law, and his experience working at rice mills throughout the South, he built the Creed Rice Company into a viable and most respected rice brokerage business.  I know he was proud that his legacy lives on as his children have taken over after his retirement."

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 17, at the George H. Lewis Funeral Home, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston, Texas, 77057.  Recitation of the rosary for John is at 3:45 p.m. in the Jasek Chapel, and visitation is from 4-6 p.m.  A funeral mass will be conducted on Monday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m., at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail in Houston.