William R. Carey, age 78 of Lima, died at 8:08 p.m., Monday, August 15, 2011 at Triumph Hospital, Lima. He was born June 3, 1933 in Champaign County, Illinois. He is the son of Lowell C. and Mary E. Marsh Carey. Both parents are deceased. On November 6, 1970 he married Helen L. Springer Erb Carey, who survives.
Mr. Carey was a retired millwright with Ford Mother Company, Rolling Mill Plant and Teledyne Ohio Steel. He was a U.S. Navy and Army Veteran in the Korean War. He attended County Line Church of the Brethren. He was a member of the American Legion Post 6772 of Spencerville and the Eagles Lodge of Wapakoneta. He loved reading his Bible every evening, horse racing, and repairing small motors.
He is survived by 1 son – Russell W. (Debbie) Carey of Phoenix, AZ; 2 daughters – Starlet D. (David) Bowles of Delphos; Theresa Carey of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter in law – Diana Erb of Sidney; 2 step sons – Jeff (Shari) Erb of Lima; Timothy W. Erb of Lima; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 brother – Duane (Barbara) Carey of Urbana, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a step son – Thomas Erb, Jr.; a grandson – Shawn Roop; and a sister – Joan Fleck.
Graveside services will begin 11:30 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2011 at Memorial Park Cemetery; Lima The Rev. Ray Hadley will officiate.
Arrangements are by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.