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George H. Carey

June 23, 1922 — April 7, 2024


George H. Carey

June 23, 1922 – April 7, 2024
Having lived his life to the fullest, George H. Carey passed away peacefully on April 7, 2024. George was born on June 23, 1922, in Bowbells, North Dakota. Preceded in death by his wife Bee Carey, brother Thomas Hurly Carey, sister Jeanette Kerr, son Steve Carey, son-in-law Gary Ragan and grandson Nic Carey. He has three surviving children Candy Ragan, Sue Robbins and Dustin Carey. He has seven surviving grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a carrier-based combat pilot. He flew 74 combat missions during his 6-month tour of duty in the South Pacific. Lt. George H. Carey was awarded 5 air medals and the Distinguished flying cross. George was honorably discharged in December 1945 at age 23. He returned home and was welcomed by a hero’s parade.

Years passed and in 1949 he decided to move to Santa Monica California. He decided to stop in Sacramento to visit a longtime friend. During this trip he was offered a job at the Sacramento Bee. George retired 34 years later as the personnel manager for McClatchy newspapers. The weekend after he was first hired at the Sacramento Bee, his friend set him up on a blind date and he met his future wife, Bee. They were married six months later. They built a beautiful life and were married for 71 years. They liked to play golf and did some traveling. They shared daily walks together and an evening glass of wine. The Fair Oaks Trader Joes was a part of their daily life. They made many friends and were local celebrities at Trader Joes where their picture is painted on the wall. They were active members in church and part of the St. John’s Lutheran Community since 1949. They moved to Eskaton Carmichael nine years ago, where they made many good friends. George even became a bocce champion and gave lessons.

George was always ready to help family and friends. He was a social butterfly and had the gift of gab. He never met a stranger. When he met someone new, he walked away from the conversation having made a new friend. He was always a gentleman and liked to dress the part. He was proud of the contributions he made during his Navy career. He was most proud of his family, especially his grandchildren. He touched many lives and formed even more friendships. He will live on in our hearts and fond memories. George, we love you and we miss you. Farewell, until we meet again.
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