Surrounded by his loving family and friends, former New Vienna resident Harry W. Carey, 69, of Wilmington, Ohio went to be with his Lord on May 15, 2011 at the Zusman Community Hospice Center in Columbus after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Carey was born September 15, 1941 in New Vienna, Ohio, a son of the late Floyd Leslie and Laura Wolfe Carey. He was a 1959 graduate of New Vienna High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College in 1964 and a master’s in education from Xavier University in 1976.
Mr. Carey retired from the Leesburg-Fairfield School District in 1999 after 30 years of teaching. He also taught part-time at Southern State Community College. He was a member of the Clinton County and Ohio Retired Teachers associations. Mr. Carey also worked at the L. Eugene Smith and Son Funeral Home in New Vienna and the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington. Mr. Carey was a lifelong member of the New Vienna United Methodist Church and attended the Wilmington United Methodist Church. He was a member of Dalton Lodge 578 where he had served as master in 1967. He was a member of Scottish Rite in Cincinnati and a member of the New Vienna Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Carey was also an active member of the Elks Lodge 797, where he had served as exalted ruler in 1998, 2008 and 2009 and had also served in various other offices. He also was a past activities chairperson of the southwest district of the Ohio Elks. Mr. Carey was a member of the New Vienna Lions Club and the New Vienna Alumni Association, where he had served as past president. He also had served as an adviser for the New Vienna Buckeyes 4-H Club, East Clinton Band Boosters and the Wilmington chapter Order of Rainbow for Girls.
Mr. Carey is survived by three daughters and their husbands: Rhonda and Rob Horn of Lewisburg, Ohio, Leslie and Steve Spach of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Kristi and Jason Embrey of Blacklick, Ohio and their mother, Kay Carey of Blacklick, Ohio; six grandchildren, Reese Horn, Samantha Spach, Jimmy Spach, Max Embrey, Jake Embrey, and Cole Embrey; a sister and her husband, Shirley and Donald McKamey; sister-in-law, Debra Carey; nephews and families, Randy and Moira McKamey, Chad and Tammy Carey, Curt Carey and Michael and Kristin Carey. In addition to his parents, Mr. Carey was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Carey, and grandson, Rylie Horn.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, May 20, 2011 at Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio with Sidney Clay officiating. Burial will be in New Vienna I.O.O.F. Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home. After the memorial service on Friday, a Life is Good Happy Hour will be held at the Elks Lodge 797, 2567 Rombach Avenue, Wilmington, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Carey had requested that donations be sent to the Clinton County Special Olympics basketball program, 4425 State Route 730, Wilmington, Ohio 45177, or to the Zusman Community Hospice at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.