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Frederick A Carey

August 7, 1927 - June 4, 2022

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: June 10, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Frederick Alva Carey, 94, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 4, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the First Church of God, 4201 E Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA with interment following at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. The funeral will be livestreamed at the following link:https://vimeo.com/717620799

Fred was born August 7, 1927, to Clifford and Docie (Lyles) Carey in Oklahoma City, OK, where he was raised. In 1945, he enlisted in the US Army and served three years in the Occupation Forces in Germany at the end of World War II. When he returned to the US, he came to Pottsville, AR where his parents had moved. There he met the love of his life, Sylvia Jane Wheeler. They were united in marriage, six weeks later, on February 26, 1949, and their union was blessed with five sons.

Fred attended Arkansas Tech University for two years. His education was interrupted when he was called to active duty, where he served in combat during the Korean War. Fred was awarded various ribbons, but was most proud of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB). In 1956, the young family moved from Arkansas to Des Moines, IA, where they settled. Fred worked for the Des Moines Register and Tribune for the next 42 years until retirement. From these humble beginnings, their lives were blessed with a family that would grow so large, neither of them could have ever imagined.

Fred was a man of God, a loving husband, caring father and grandfather. He was a dedicated and faithful member of the First Church of God in Des Moines for 65 years. He loved working with his hands and could repair just about anything that was broken from something as simple as a small toy or as complicated as a car engine.

Fred is preceded in death by his father, Clifford; mother, Docie; sisters, Marjorie Carey and Ina Snell; and brother, Eugene Carey.

Fred leaves behind his loving wife of 73 years, Sylvia; sons, Clifford (Jeannine), Roger (Patricia), Hank (Cindy), Mark (Elizabeth), and Jeffrey (Maria); 15 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and his beloved little Yorkie, Allie.

His family would like to thank the staff of Trinity Center at Luther Park and Suncrest Hospice for the excellent care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God.

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