MORRIS – Those who knew longtime Morris resident and former Grundy County Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Carey say he was a good father and a hard worker.
The 56-year-old died Thursday at Morris Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday evening at Reeves Funeral Home in Morris.
The former full-time deputy retired from the sheriff’s department after 28 years of service, beginning his career as a patrol officer before working several years as a traffic officer. Carey ended his career in court security, before retiring a few years ago.
“He wrote a lot of tickets over the years and always came up with his stops,” said Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan, who worked closely with Carey. “He was a hard worker.”
Carey was better known as “Frog” by co-workers, friends and family because of his uniquely raspy voice.
“He called himself ‘froggy’ when he talked,” daughter Sarah Carey said. “He didn’t even have to identify himself on the scanner because everyone immediately knew it was him by his voice.”
Sarah, of Morris, is one of his four daughters. Her sisters are Jordan Carey of Normal, and Jessica and Megan Carey, both of Morris.
“He was feisty,” Sarah remembered. “He always had something sarcastic to say. He loved making people laugh and smile and he was really good at it.”
Born Nov. 6, 1957, in Streator, Carey was the son of Catherine and the late Robert V. Carey of Kinsman. He was raised in Kinsman and graduated from Mazon Verona Kinsman High School in 1975.
He enjoyed fishing and cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren.
“He was really a fantastic father and a great grandpa,” Sarah said.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Daniel’s memory to The Betty J. Sterritt Scholarship Fund through the Morris Hospital Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choosing.
Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto ReevesFuneral.com.