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David Dean Carey

December 2, 1949 ~ May 29, 2022 (age 72)

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David Dean Lawrence Rostell Carey

Born December 2, 1946, to Sarah Dean Carey and Jessie Carey.  David was the baby of four children born to this union.  David attended and graduated from Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, Indiana.  After high school David decided to attend Barber College.  During the time David was attending barber college, the nation became involved in the Vietnam Conflict.  This conflict affected and changed many young men’s lives including David’s.  David served his country during this time in the United States Army.


After his tour of duty David returned to Danville where he began working for several factories in the area.  While working at Quacker Oaks, David received the call to begin his career as a firefighter for the Danville Fire Department.  David worked for the fire department for over 30 years. 


Upon his retirement David dedicated himself to work more in his church.  David was a Deacon ordained at Union Missionary Baptist Church. From there he moved his membership to Second Baptist Church where he continued to serve until his health did not permit.  David was a member of the Choir and Men’s chorus.  David served as one of the drivers to pick up food for the church food pantry ministry until it was disbanded. David loved his church and representing it wherever he went.  David was always attending community church services.  He supported the PUSH prayer services monthly.


David was an avid sports fan.  After retirement David took golf lessons and really enjoyed the sport.  He thought he had an advantage on some golfers because he was a lefty.  David’s favorite baseball team was the Dodgers, football he was a Cleveland Browns fan.  He didn’t really care for soccer but since his daughter played and loved the sport, he started to learn more about it.  After working as the statis person for the Danville Viking Football team, he became an avid Viking fan attending home and away games.


David leaves in his passing his wife of 39 years, Johnnie Young-Carey, two sons, Shannon Carey, Danville, David Kevin Carey (Tonya), Indianapolis, one daughter, Amre Pataki (Shane). Danville, One sister, Mrs. Gladys Davis (Rev. Roosevelt), two brothers, Kevin Carey, (Kory), Indianapolis and Darryl Carey, Arizona. 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

A Homegoing Celebration will commence at 12:00 Noon on Tueday June 7, 2022 at Second Baptist Church 940 N. Franklin St., Danville. Eulogist: Rev. D.L. Williams. Visitaion 10:30 am until 11:30 am. At 11:30 am Danville Fire Department will be doing rites until the start of the service. Burial will follow after at Danville National Cemetery.

A public viewing will held at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 W. Williams St. Danville, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

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Open Viewing
June 6, 2022

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Leek & Sons Funeral Home
304 East Williams
Danville, IL 61832

June 7, 2022

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Second Baptist Church
940 N. Franklin St.
Danville, IL 61832

Funeral Service
June 7, 2022

12:00 PM
Second Baptist Church
940 N. Franklin St.
Danville, IL 61832

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