With his family by his side, James “Jim” Carey passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in his home. Throughout his family’s lives, he has been hero, teacher, mentor and champion of his girls, his grandchildren, and his loving wife and sweetheart, Judy. He has given his family endless laughs and treasured memories. He was immensely proud of all they did and told them he loved them every single day. His family was the light of his life.
Jim was born June 20, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan the son of the late Herman B. and Neva (Harshman) Carey. He was a supervisor for Foster Forbes for 14 years and a salesman for Widmeyer and Dugan, retiring in 1994. He also sold advertising for the F.O.P. (Fraternal Order of Police). He married his sweetheart, Judy Conner on May 28, 1994.
As a young man, Jim founded “Operation Teenager” a program that impacted thousands of teenagers around the state of Indiana by publicly speaking to them about the consequences of poor life choices. Because of his encouragement, Jim received hundreds of letters from students, parents and school administrators, regarding the impact his words had on their lives.
Jim was an avid antique cap gun and marble collector. He loved collecting antiques and annually traveled to Arizona to attend “The Festival of the West” with his wife, Judy.
Jim is survived by his wife, Judy Carey of Marion; two daughters, Dianne (Perry) Hovermale, III of Upland and April (Brian) Sell of Ft. Wayne; two sisters, Sharlene Gruwell and Evelyn Parker, both of Ft. Wayne; grandchildren, Alexandra Smith (Aaron), Chrystal Carey (Maxwell Boys), Conor Ross and Anna Rhoten; step-grandchildren, Perry Hovermale, IV (Jaddyn), Brady Hovermale, Brooke Erikson (Hayden), Gabe Hovermale, Devin Sell and Cole Hovermale; and 6 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Carey, and a step-granddaughter, Erika Sell.
Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 W. Kem Road, Marion, Indiana.
Visitation will also take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the funeral home. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Perry Hovermale, III officiating.
Cremation will take place following funeral services.
Memorial donations may be made to Family Lifecare Hospice, 705 S. Baldwin Avenue, Marion, Indiana 46953.
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Family Life Care Hospice
705 S. Baldwin Avenue, Marion IN 46953