RUSSELL 'RUSS' R. CAREY, 68 MACHESNEY PARK - Russell "Russ" R. Carey, 68, of Machesney Park died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at home. Born July 27, 1944, in Tucson, Ariz., son of James and Katherine (Weyrauch) Clements. Russ was a baptized Jehovah Witness for 55 years. He attended the Machesney Park Congregation. After graduating from Harlem High School in 1962, he went to work in Chicago doing blacktop for two years. Russ then went to college for 27 months at the University of Milan, Michigan. When he came home in 1968, he did an apprenticeship in carpeting. He worked for Ingersoll from 1978 until 1985. Russ moved to Arizona, where he helped coach as an assistant coach for 16 years at two different High Schools. Mesa High School had two state championships and Desert Vista High School had one state championship. Russ came back to Illinois in 2001, and worked for the Harlem School District as a custodian, he then went to work as head supervisor at the Cherryvale Mall. When he was called by the Harlem School District, he went back to work as a driver in the food service. He also volunteered as a football coach for four years. Russ was widely respected among all his coaches as an old style, hard nose, fundamental coach. He will be dearly missed by all his players and especially his coaches. Russ retired in 2010. Russ had a generous heart. He'd do anything for anyone and not ask for anything in return. He was loved by so many people and will always be remembered as a loving, kind, honest and very humble person. Russ loved life and enjoyed many things including, sports, westerns, cooking, reading, especially his accomplishment in refurbishing his home. Russ had such a memory when it came to history, that's why he was called a great historian. His last years were spent with his best friend and her grandchildren, Ellie and Nolan, who he was known to them as their "Big Pappa". Survivors include his very best friend of 12 years, Jan Schumann of Machesney Park; son, Haron (fiancée, Stephanie) Carey of Freeport; granddaughter, Mercedes Carey; one grandson on the way; brothers, Larry (Sharon) Carey of Champaign, Raymond (JoAnne) of Goodyear, Ariz., John (Tammy) of Golden, Colo., Charlie (Mary) of Noblesville, Ind., and Alan "Al" (Barb) Clements of Loves Park; many nieces and nephews; one aunt; one uncle; and many cousins. Predeceased by his parents. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice, Lincare and the respiratory staff at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Extra special thanks to the nurses, Julieanna, Carrie and CNA Emily. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Machesney Park Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 9511 North 2nd Street. Inurnment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd., 401 River Lane, Loves Park. For more information, visit delehantyfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013