Carey, John "Jack"
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John W. "Jack" Carey, 89, died Friday, January 3, 2014. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 5, 1924, the son of James and Ethel (Ryan) Carey. The Family soon moved to Madison where, after high school graduation in 1943, Jack joined the U.S. Infantry Rainbow Division serving in the European Theater during World War II. He was present when the U.S. Army liberated prisoners from the infamous prison camp at Dachau, Germany. Shortly before VE Day (during mop-up operations in Germany), he told how the Germans, with tears in their eyes, greeted the troops with news of President Roosevelt's death. After the war, Jack remained in the Army, being in charge of two swimming pools in Vienna, Austria. When he returned from service, he attended UW-Madison, receiving a B.A. degree in sociology. In later years, he received is M.A. degree in business administration from UW-Oshkosh. On September 4, 1948, he married Dorothy Brooks, whom he met at a USO dance in Madison. They are the parents of one son, Robert "Bob" Carey, Green Bay. After Jack's graduation from UW-Madison, the family moved to Milwaukee where he began his career in data processing at Allis Chalmers, later continuing in this field at Christy Corp. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and Swiss Colony in Monroe, Wisconsin. Data Processing was a comparatively new field at the time, and computers were more the size of refrigerators than typewriters. In 1956, the family moved to Green Bay where Jack became data processing manager at Green Bay Packaging. When George Kress, the owner of GBP, found out what one could accomplish with a computer, he ordered 50 of them! As there were few instructors in data processing at the time, Jack found himself teaching others. He retired from GBP in 1988 after 32 years of service. He was an active member of the Data Processing Management Association for many years. Jack also was a charter member of the Preble Park Presbyterian Church, Green Bay, and served on the session and as a church treasurer. He liked playing bridge or golfing with friends and also enjoyed dancing and jazz concerts. He was a capable photographer and often took pictures to illustrate newspaper articles written by his wife, Dorothy. Irish on both sides of his family, Jack had an off-beat sense of humor. One day, a minister friend said he had a funeral coming up and didn't know what to say. Jack asked why. "It's like this," the minister explained. "Some parishioners want me to conduct a funeral for a relative. But they cautioned me not to mention God too often as the deceased was an atheist. How can I conduct a funeral without mentioning God?" the minister asked. "That's easy," Jack Replied. "Just say, 'Here lies poor Bessie. All dressed up and no place to go.'"
Jack is survived by his son, Robert "Bob", Green Bay; seven nieces and two nephews.
Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Memorial service 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Luke Farwell officiating. Online condolences may be expressed to the Carey family at www.prokowall.com.
The family wishes to acknowledge the Santa Maria Nursing Home staff and Dr. Fred Lamont for the compassion, care, and professionalism demonstrated through Jack's residence there.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2014