Obituary of David Carey


David Dale Carey, age 82, of Redfield, KS, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. He was born on July 13, 1939, to William and Bonnie Flo (Cloney) Carey in Decatur, IL.


He joined the Navy with five of his closest friends where he served from 1956-1960 traveling the world in service to his country. He had a lifelong love of motorcycles and did some stunts at the Macon County Speedway. His greatest passion was horses, and he was a true cowboy who loved rodeo and roping. He was a PRCA Gold Card Member and won the Great Lake Circuit heeling in the team roping in 1976.


He met the love of his life, Susan Diane Riley and married her in 1977 in Casper, WY. They lived in Wyoming, Illinois, & Kansas. Throughout the years he worked for Staley Express, KAR Productions, and Kirkland Welding. He was an assistant rodeo coach at Fort Scott Community College under Coach John Luthi and went on to coach and mentor many young rodeo athletes throughout his life.

Dave and Sue spent their retirement traveling in their motorhome with lifelong friends to Arizona and Florida and found a roping to go to whenever possible. They also set up their Cowboy Warehouse tack trailer at local rodeos for years.

He was an encouragement to many and never knew a stranger. Dave was one of the best storytellers and had so many to share!


He is survived by his wife Sue, his sister Kay Turner and husband John of Wyoming, and daughters: Chrissy Shoot and husband Doyle, Cody White and husband Ryan, and sons: Lance Carey and wife Grace, Jimmy Litts and wife Shannon, Curt Carey, Bart Carey, & Billy Carey. He had 12 grandchildren & four great grandchildren.


Per his request a Celebration of Life with a roping and cookout will be planned for later this spring. Memorials can be made to the FSCC Rodeo Team in care of Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.


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