RICHARD (Dick) ORBISON CAREY, 90, of Sidney passed away peacefully on Friday, June 10, 2022 at his residence with his family. He was born on July 1, 1931 in Sidney, Ohio, to the late Orbison Crawford Carey and Laneda (Werst) Carey. He was the 4th Great Grandson of Revolutionary War Veteran Ezra Cary, and the 3rd Great Grandson of Cephas Car(e)y both original pioneers and settlers of Shelby County buried in the Carey Cemetery in Hardin, Ohio.
Richard is survived by his wife of sixty-six years the former Phyllis Ann Jackson, whom he wed on April 28, 1956. He is also survived by three children, Randall O. Carey of Sidney, Robin R. (Laura) Carey of Georgia and Christopher C. (Stacy) Carey of Virginia, seven grandchildren (Grace, Jack, Kelly, Charlie, Jacob, Ezra and Zizi), a great-grandson arriving in August, and ten nieces and nephews (Jeff, David, Lynn, Jane, Steven, Anne, Matthew, Andrew, Steven and Thomas), as well as his close 'adopted son' former-exchange student, Alwyn (Jackie) Santos of North Carolina and their children Francine and Josef. Richard was preceded in death by his two brothers, Carl Max (Joan) Carey and Phil (Gwen) Carey and his sister, Carol (Joe) Bour.
Richard lived most of his life in Sidney, graduating from Sidney High School in 1949. He studied at Ohio Northern University for several semesters and then joined and proudly served in the United States Navy as a Seabee during the Korean Conflict in the US Atlantic Fleet in Cuba and North Africa. He was a founding plank member of MCB 7 and was a lifetime member of American Legion. As a young man he was active in Boy Scouts, reaching Eagle Scout rank. After returning from the Navy, he volunteered and served as an Assistant Scout Master with the St. Paul's Church of Christ BSA Troop 97. He loved the outdoors, enjoying fishing with his friends and family on the Miami and on fishing trips to Michigan and hunting for local pheasant and rabbits. He was an avid golfer in the local leagues at the Sidney Moose and Shelby Oaks and got his "hole in 1" in June of 1972. As a Master Gardener, you could always find him working in his garden to raise vegetables to help feed his family or running off ground hogs.
Over Richard's career, he worked as an engineer and project manager for various local agricultural services and manufacturing firms, including Monarch Machine Tool (where he met his wife), Sidney Grain, Hobart Brothers, and Stamco. He was a dedicated man of his Christian faith and attended church for many years at St. John's Lutheran, Grace Baptist, First United Methodist and Ginghamsburg United Methodist. He was a faithful husband, loved spending time with his family, and was always willing to get involved in new ways to grow in his faith. He was a longtime volunteer at the Alpha Community Center in Sidney. For the past fifteen years, he was a member of the Connection Point Church of God. Dick, to his family and friends, was a sincere, fun-loving, and dedicated family man, always ready to make a joke or a new friend.
Visiting hours and a memorial service for Richard will be held at the Connection Point Church of God, (1510 Campbell Road, Sidney) on Saturday July 2nd with visiting to begin 10am and the service at 11am. Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Health Hospice or the Alpha Community Center in Richard's memory. Condolences may be expressed to the Carey family at the website, www.cromesfh.com
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