Condolence & Memory Journal

Linda, Rena, Leroy and Randy,
You all have my sympathy in the loss of your father. I remember him from
the mid 70's and he was one of those rare quiet hard working fellows that
was unchanged over time. His toils in his Iris Farm and it's yearly beauty,
slowly were taken for granted by us locals. It was the annual spring sign
that winter was finally over, and what became the beautiful normal for us
will forever be missed.
As we all have grown older, I often times while reading the paper check and
read the obituaries. As I read the notice for Duane Carey ( Mr. Carey to
me) I was saddened of course but also impressed. The brief life story that
you told of your father was exactly as I remember him. It was obvious in
life and in your writing, that he loved life and loved his family. Also
obvious in life and your writing was that you all loved him as well. You
sincerely have my sympathy for your loss and my praise for the words that
you wrote.
Due to work requirements I will not be able to attend your open house, but
please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Horrall and family

Posted by Jeff Horrall    February 15, 2014

My prayers and thoughts go out to a great man, father, and his family. He has left some huge shoes to fill. We have all been blessed just by knowing him.

Posted by Linda Coble Braundmeier - Edwardsville, IL - Friend of family   February 12, 2014

Leroy and family - My heart goes out to you all. I will always remember The Iris Man and his kindness to me and my little daughter as he let her pick a free "bulb" to have for her own. I especially enjoyed all the clippings and photos that lined his shed, he had so many stories. He touched so many souls with his welcoming heart and his lovely flowers.

Posted by Pam Leap    February 12, 2014

My prayers are with all your family.

Posted by Mark Ivey - Lafayette, IN - Friend   February 11, 2014

Brenda and Jeff,
It's a small world as I was not aware that Mr. Carey was your Grandfather. What a beautiful obituary honoring his life! I visited his Iris Farm for several years when I first moved to your in-laws' neighborhood and purchased several varieties of his irises. Unfortunately, I didn't have his green thumb and only 2 varieties continue to bloom each year. One is located by my driveway between the street and sidewalk and the other is in my back yard. When I would thin them out, I would share them with other neighbors on my street. The purpose for sharing this information with you is to let you know that your Grandfather's legacy will continue to live on in the beauty of some of the irises on Osceola. My thoughts are with you at this time.
With sympathy,
Linda Hainje-Braman

Posted by Linda Hainje-Braman - Lafayette, IN   February 11, 2014

What a well written article on his life...thoughts and prayers with the's never easy loosing a loved one, but thank God he lived a long fullfilling life. Always be thinking of the Carey family during these months, i know its not easy.

Posted by April Patterson - Lafayette, IN - Friend   February 11, 2014

Rest in Peace Marine

Posted by Jon E Stumpf - Boerne, TX - A cousin   February 11, 2014

Our prayers to all the family.

Posted by Amy Wilcox - Crawfordsville, IN - Friend   February 10, 2014