Dr. Harold Phillip Kreski
August 23, 1927 – November 20, 2020
Private family services will be held on Friday, Nov. 27th at 10am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Memorials are suggested to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, MOSAIC (Beatrice office), or Creighton University Dental School.
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Dr. Harold Phillip Kreski was born on August 23, 1927, in Columbus, Nebraska, to parents, Phillip and Anna Krzycki. He grew up on a farm outside of Columbus with one older sister, Virginia. He attended St. Bonaventure High School in Columbus and served as a Corporal in the United States Army. He attained degrees from Creighton University’s School of Dentistry and Iowa University for periodontistry.
On December 28, 1957, he married Joyce Bruckner of Platte Center, Nebraska, at St. John Catholic Church on the campus of Creighton University. Together they had four sons: Phil, Joe, John, and Chris. After graduating from Creighton University, he started his general dentistry practice in Woodbine, Iowa, and changed his last name to simplify the spelling, although he never forgot his Polish heritage. He then went to Iowa University to specialize in periodontistry and moved to Omaha after he graduated, which allowed him to teach dentistry at Creighton University until his private practice became established. While teaching, he became Chairman of the Department of Periodontology at Creighton University for seven years, after which he retired from teaching to focus solely on his practice. He was an active member in the local American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology. He continued his practice for more than 45 years, retiring when he was 80 years old.
Dr. Kreski was on the Madonna School Board of Directors from 1972 to 1988 and served as President of the Board from 1977 to 1987. He was involved in the Knights of Columbus, Poor Clares, and Ancient Order of Hibernians charities on various volunteering and fundraising projects. He was a past President of Omaha Dental Society and recipient of the Creighton Alumni Dental Award. He also served on the MOSIAC Parent Association Board as well as a being a member of the religious Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He was very involved in St. Margaret Mary Parish, where he was a member for more than 60 years.
Dr. Kreski enjoyed fishing, golf, and tennis with his close life-long friends, many of whom were also dentists, and especially enjoyed his time with his sister’s family, including many yearly reunions. He followed many sports, but his favorite was Creighton basketball. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, whom he loved so dearly. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; son, Christopher; and sister, Virginia Ernst (Carl). He is survived by sons: Phil (Denise), Joe (Susan), and John; grandchildren: Claire, Rachael, Nicholas, John Michael, Sara, Jillian, and Natalie; many nieces and nephews. Harold was 93 years old and passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease.