Mr. Charles L. Carey, 88, of Morris, Ill., passed away in his home, with his family at his bedside, Monday evening, June 17, 2013.
Born June 25, 1924, in Ellis, Kan., he is the son of the late John Calvin and Ethel Grace (Cole) Carey. Charles was raised and educated in Kansas and, after high school, he worked on the family farm. His family moved to Centralia, Mo., where Charles continued to work on the family farm before joining the United States Army on Feb. 23, 1943. He served his country proudly, earning European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Silver Star, World War II victory medal, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, and Belgian Fourragere Medal with 5 overseas bars. Charles received an honorable discharge May 4, 1946.
After returning home, he and his family moved back to Kansas, where Charles became an over-the-road truck driver for the next 40-plus years.
On Dec. 1, 1946, he married his lovely wife, the former Margaret Parks. In 1954, he and his wife moved to Chicago and began to raise their family. In 1994, he and his family moved to Morris. Charles belonged to the Morris American Legion Post 294 and was a member of Teamsters Local 710.
Charles enjoyed golfing, fishing and working in the yard. He had a special talent to play the harmonica for his grandchildren and loved to tease them, as well.
Surviving is wife Margaret; three children, Charlace (Alan) Mossell of Sumter, S.C., Alan (Sally) Carey of Mokena, Ill., and Patricia (Carmen) Schiavone of Morris; 10 grandchildren, Mark (Laura) Mossell, Robyn (Donnie) McLoed, Nicole (Joe) Macedo, Sally (Mike) Schicker, Jason (Jennifer) Carey, Lynda (Mike) Murphy, Denise (Matt) Maloney, Tracy (Tom) Kestel, Margaret (Lawrence) Bergen and Dan (Jen) Crafton; 21 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob and Katie Mossell, Johnny, Allaina and Thomas Keffer, Joey and Nicholas Maceda, Mike and Madison Schicker, Matthew and Lorelie Carey, Owen and Wyatt Murphy, Connor and Jordan Maloney, Tony and Sammy Kestel, Thomas and Maggie Bergen, and Olivia Bratcher; and two sisters, Sybil (Maynard) Ridge and Myrlene (Larry) Barnes.
Charles was preceded in death by one sister, Letha Frazier; and seven brothers, Billy Don, Keith, Joe Floyd, Cleton, Clarence, Estel and Lenel Carey.
A celebration of Charles’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at U. C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home Ltd., Morris, with Pastor Jim McGuire officiating. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to services. Burial will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. Military honors will be provided by the Morris Color Guard.
Memorials may be made in Charles’s name to Joliet Hospice. Condolences can be extended to the family at www.ucdavisandsons.com.
For information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-0084.