Sigsbee B. “Sig” Carey, 89, of Parsons died at 11:27 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in the emergency room at Labette Health. He had been in his usual health and death was not expected.
He was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Grove, Okla., to Bruce Freeman and Ethel (Layman) Carey. He grew up in Grove where he attended schools. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the 88th Infantry Division. While serving 23 months in the European Theater of Operations, he participated in the campaigns of Northern Apennines, Po Valley and Rome-Arno. Upon his honorable discharge on Oct. 31, 1945, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, the EAME Medal with three Bronze Stars and the American Service Medal.
After the military, he returned to Grove. He married Louise Morrow on April 20, 1946. The couple moved in 1950 to Parsons, where he worked at Par Kan Manufacturing Co. several years and Power Flame Inc. until retirement.
He had attended the Parsons Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing, camping and tinkering with things.
Survivors include four sons, Edmond “Ed” Carey and his wife, Judy, of Garden Grove, Calif., Robert “Bob” Carey and his wife, Christie, Carl Carey, all of Parsons, and William “Bill” Carey and his wife, Dianne, of Owasso, Okla.; three grandchildren, Stacey Spence and her husband, Adam, Jessica Carey and Nathan Carey; a great-grandson, Logan Spence; and a sister, Carmoletta Peck of White Oak, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Carey, on June 16, 1997; a brother, George Edmond Carey; and a sister, Alice Barnett.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Parsons Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in East Bethany Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.