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Richard William Carey
Richard William CareyT-6 TexanRichard William Carey, 91 of Green Camp, entered his Savior’s home on August 2, 2023.  He passed away peacefully of natural causes.
Richard was born on July 8, 1932, at his grandparents’ home in Norton to the late Edwin J. Carey and Lucille Mary (Lauer) Carey, both of Green Camp.  He graduated from Green Camp High School in 1950 and attended The Ohio State University.  He married Betty Lou (Kull) Carey of Marion on August 23, 1952, at the Calvary Evangelical United Brethren Church, Marion and she died June 27, 2011.

They had five children: Deborah Lee (Jeff) Crawford of Dallas, Texas, Richard William (Lynn) Carey II of Prospect, Mary Lucile (LeValle) McCrary of Washington Court House, Russell Jacob Carey (deceased), and Matthew Albert (Susan) Carey of Cincinnati.   He was also grandfather of nine grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, with one deceased.

Richard grew up on his parents’ poultry farm with his younger siblings, William Robert Carey (deceased), Ruth Ann (Roger) Stoffer of Vero Beach Fl, and Charles H. Carey (deceased).  Edwin and Lucille raised their children in a Christian home.  Richard was a long-time member of the Mount Olive United Methodist Church and currently was a member of Rush Creek United Methodist Church of Essex.
He went on to make a career of farming and helped manage Carey Farms, Inc.  He and his brother William went on to purchase their own farmland and formed Carey Brothers Partnership.  He was a past member of the Young Farmers and Ohio Poultry Association. He was a past president of the Green Camp Elevator, Marion County Farm Bureau Federation, and Marion Landmark.  Richard and Betty instilled an appreciation for agriculture in their children.
As a young man, Richard acquired his private pilot’s license and went on to own several different WW2 training planes.  He survived a crash landing of his North American SNJ-4 in Allentown Pennsylvania on May 12, 1958, due to mechanical failure. He was a past member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
He was very active in the Marion and Green Camp communities.  He was a member of the Marion Hobby Club, Marion Area Genealogy Society, Marion Amateur Radio Club, American Radio Relay League, Masonic Lodge #70, Marion Commandery #B6 Knights Templar, and was a lifetime member of the Meeker Sportsman Club. He was a past Democratic candidate for Marion County Commissioner and Green Camp Trustee.  He was a lifetime benefactor member of the NRA.  His true passion was collecting and preserving Marion County antiques and memorabilia. He was a past president and member of the Marion County Historical Society. Richard dedicated his time and talents to the education of Marion County history and the growth of the Historical Society.

In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his family and friends to Europe, the Middle East, South America, and to the Ukraine.  He flew to various states throughout the US.  He volunteered through the Salvation Army and the Marion Amateur Radio Club to help with relief efforts in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.

Richard will be greatly missed by his family and friends. “KB80TZ has signed off” <‘73’ (Best Wishes) and ‘88’ (Love and kisses)>.

Funeral services will be held Monday August 7, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Rush Creek (Essex) United Methodist Church. Rev. Barbara Jean Pope and Pastor Josh Freshour will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, where Masonic services will be conducted by Marion Lodge #70 at 5:00 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Rush Creek United Methodist Church, 32697 St. Rt. 37, Richwood, OH  43344 and the Marion County Historical Society, 169 E Church St, Marion, OH 43302.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Tim & Debbie Schwaderer
Urbana Ohio
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 9:54 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your families.

#2 from: Brent Harper
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 10:00 PM

My Heartfelt Condolences go out to the Carey Family at this troubling time!! Richard was a big part of my childhood, and my entire life. Are families were enter twined for generations. So there are too many memories to go through. Richard sense of humor and character will be sorely missed in this world. And I will always treasure the memory of him. My Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Carey family. Rest in Peace my friend Brent Harper and Family

#3 from: April and Collin
LaGrange, TX
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 10:01 PM

Deborah & Jeff, We are so sorry for your loss.  Thank you for sharing your most recent visit with your Dad with us.  Please know that you both (and all of your family) are in our prayers. Tight hugs till we see you in Dallas again. Sincerely, April and Collin

#4 from: Pam Roth Wells
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 10:05 PM

May God comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.

#5 from: Randy Winland
Prospect, Ohio
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 10:25 PM

One of the joys of my life was the opportunity to spend time with Richard as we talked about Marion history, sorted through thousands of items he wished to donate to the Marion County Historical Society, told stories (mostly true), and just enjoyed each other's company.  He was truly a good friend who I will deeply miss but am joyful for having had the opportunity to know.

#6 from: Tami & Scott Page
Littleton, CO
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 10:37 PM

Deepest condolences to you, Deborah & Jeff, and your family.  May your Dad rest in peace, with his Lord and Savior.  You’re in our prayers.  God bless. Tami & Scott

#7 from: Marilyn Coleman
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 10:52 PM

Deb and family, I enjoyed your mom in garden club and your dad in historical society. I knew your grandfather from my poultry days at OSU.   Your dad was one of a kind. I kmow you will miss him but your mom and dad are back together again. I lost George not ling after your mom past. It seems so long ago and sometimes still feels raw. You picked a great picture, hugs

#8 from: Kathy Benker
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 11:33 PM

Jeff and Deborah, so sorry for your  loss of such a special Dad. It seems he had SUCH an active and full life; a life of service to others. Praying for peace at this time that only God can provide. My thoughts and prayers are with you and look forward to seeing you when back in Dallas. I am so glad you were able  to be with him during his final days here on earth. Love, Kathy

#9 from: Jeanette Campbell
Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 8:44 AM

I’m sorry for your loss. Your dad was a generous and accomplished man. You are now privileged to carry on his legacy.  Blessings and Hods comfort be on you.

#10 from: LARRY Nibert
Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 10:21 AM

Sorry for Your Loss .

#11 from: Harry Miller
Morral, Oh.
Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 10:34 AM

My condolences to the Carey family. Richard was a good friend and visited me every time he was in town. We were ham radio buddy's and he will be missed. 73 Richard ... KB8UBQ.

#12 from: Laura Hooks
Canton GA
Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 12:01 PM

May you find peace knowing life has just begun for your dad. May sweet memories comfort and fill each one of you while you grieve together. May the love you have for Jesus and one another  overcome trials, and His oil of Joy flow over your hearts . I am sure each one of you children were loved so very much. He has left a grand heritage.

#13 from: Gail Quasebarth
Dallas Tx
Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 1:18 PM

Sending prayers for everyone at this difficult time.  I hope you all find some comfort in your memories of good times shared together.  

#14 from: Dusty Hostutler
Delaware, Ohio
Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 9:47 PM

Sending my condolences to the family. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

#15 from: Russ Irwin
Prospect, Ohio
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 5:21 AM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for family and healing.God is always there.

#16 from: Marchita Bushong
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 1:22 PM

My sincerest condolences to all of you. It is never easy to let go but know that you will see them again.

#17 from: Laura Lenhart
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 3:45 PM

So sorry for your loss. My dad was born on the exact same date and was also a pilot, sure wish they could’ve gotten together. He was also a farmer, but was more into cattle and hogs, even though we did have some chickens. Also, wish I could’ve gotten to know him because he sounds like he was a great man and he raised a wonderful daughter in Mary. Love and many prayers to your family.

#18 from: Judy Kirkpatrick
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 4:35 PM

Prayers for each of you. He was definitely a father to be proud of. It’s so hard for you who have been left behind but a blessing knowing he is in heaven  All of you are blessed to have had him to 91. That’s amazing. May God give you peace and comfort knowing he is now in his arms. Love to all

#19 from: Vonnie Wasserbeck
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 at 7:42 PM

Oh my goodness.  What a delightful guy Richard was and he will surely be missed.  Loved talking with him, he had some interesting stories!! So sorry to learn of his passing. Don and Vonnie Wasserbeck

#20 from: Herb and Karlyn Lauer
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 8:13 AM

We're so sorry to hear of Richard's passing but we know you have wonderful memories.  He certainly lived a full life and it's good to know he's with loved ones now. You're in our thoughts and prayers. With our love, Herb & Karlyn

#21 from: Michael and Kellie Carey
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 8:35 AM

Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you and your families.

#22 from: Brian E Napper
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 9:29 AM

May GOD be with you during this time of grief now and forever.

#23 from: Cathy Chapman
Marion, Oh
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 11:03 AM

Prayers for Richard's family. Such a unique man. You will me missed by many, RIP Richard.

#24 from: Annette Lauer Lang and Phil lang
Noblesville, IN
Sun, Aug 6, 2023 at 3:14 PM

Dear Carey Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Lots of great childhood memories. Richard will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Always, Annette and Phil Lang James 1:3 "because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance."

#25 from: Mary McCrary
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 at 11:40 PM

I miss my Dad! Thanks to all that came and to Stofcheck-Ballenger Funeral Home for a wonderful job.

#26 from: Robert Kyser Jr
Tue, Aug 8, 2023 at 3:21 PM

He will be sadly missed! I like to here his stories when he came in to Something Good Restaurant with the rest of the Bad Boys they were all good guys God Bless the family and friends .

#27 from: Vivien Griggs
2160 Autumn place/ Cols. 43223
Tue, Aug 8, 2023 at 9:43 PM

In this time of great sorrow, may his memories help sustain you the rest of your days. Richard was  good friend to my husband Mark who Always talked about their their service together for the 9/11 deployment. As they paired the two Ohioans  But he didn’t stopped there, he included me & our children as a matter of fact. I have many fond memories of some of the outings he took us in around Marion. He was a presence but also kind & humble. His loss is so huge leaving a  deep void. He’ll always stay in our memories.

#28 from: JJ Appelfeller
Fort Worth, Texas
Thu, Aug 10, 2023 at 4:24 PM

Debbie and all of the Carey family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. JJ and Lisa Appelfeller

#29 from: Dave Criswell
Mount Gilead Ohio
Sat, Aug 12, 2023 at 10:23 PM

So sorry to hear of Richard's passing.  He was a great man and will be greatly missed.

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