Jerry Carey

By: 
Christine Yearwood

Jerry Ray Joseph Carey, 83, Sullivan, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at his home on Carey Lane.

He was born April 21, 1934, to Joseph Anthony and Elsie Elizabeth (Reitz) Carey, in St. Louis.

He was united in marriage to Viva Lou Key, Nov. 6, 1954, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan. Five children were born to this union.

Jerry attended Miller grade school and was a 1951 graduate of Sullivan High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 where he learned electronics. After returning from the Army, he worked in T.V. repair for his mother and stepfather, John Figone. In 1962, he and wife Viva Lou purchased the family business Jerry’s T.V. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3781 and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan.

Jerry loved his family and faithfully attended all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events. He coached little league baseball for many years and enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, camping, family float trips and many family fun days by their pool. Jerry also loved dancing with Viva Lou.

He was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Elsie; and sister Catherine “Dolly” Chapman. 

Jerry is survived by wife Viva Lou; children, Cathy Schatz and husband Terry, Debbie Senters and husband Brad, Alan Carey and wife Patti, Randy Carey and wife Cindy and Tammy Rohrer and husband Brian, all of Sullivan; sister, Lolita Figone Borchering and husband Brad of New Haven; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Nov. 13, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan.

Interment was in the St. Anthony Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions suggested to Meramec Community Fair Livestock Youth or Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation in the name of Jerry Carey with the note “Kid’s fishing and youth hunting events.”

Arrangements entrusted to Eaton Funeral Home, Sullivan and Bourbon.

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