Dr. Paul Lowell Carey

Carey, Dr. Paul Lowell (1923-2013). Paul passed away peacefully of natural causes at Laclede Grove on August 22. He was surrounded by members of his family. Paul was 89. Paul Carey was born in central Illinois, the first of three children of Oscar and Ruby Carey of Arrowsmith, IL, a child of the Great Depression and a member of the Greatest Generation. He served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. After his service he returned to complete college at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where he met Virginia Swartz. They were married in 1948 after their graduation. Paul studied at Kansas State University and later at Purdue University, where he earned a doctorate in carbohydrate chemistry. Dr. Carey continued his professional pursuits in product research and development for a number of corporations. Most notably Ralston Purina, where he lead the development of Purina Cat Chow, the first dry cat food. He was also the lead in the development of pellet fish food. Dr. Carey was active in his support of his church, community, Illinois Wesleyan and Boy Scouts. At IWU, Dr. Carey served on the Board of Visitors for a number of years. With Scouts, Paul was a pack master, scout master, member of the Order of the Arrow and merit badge counselor. The number of sightseeing, camping, canoeing, cross-country and backpacking trips he went on with his five children through Boy and Girl Scouts are too numerous to count. Paul also enjoyed working with his hands. He was a jack of all trades and a master of many. He replaced the clutch several times after 5 children learned to drive his Volkswagen Beetle. He especially enjoyed working with wood, building cabinets, toys, etc. (His kids have inherited these traits of being 'handy' and problem-solvers). When asked what he was up to, his favorite response was, To make you ask questions. He was a scientist, a storyteller, a teacher and a dad. Paul is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Carey; his five children and their spouses, Dr. Daniel and Deborah Carey of Punta Gorda, Florida, Drs. Beth and Russell Hill of Great Falls, Montana, Dr. Brian Carey and Laurie Wilson of Kirkwood, MO, Barbara & Joseph Shafer of Springwater, NY, Patricia and Phillip Wilson of Kirkwood, MO; along with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his sister Lorraine (and Richard) Jamison of Carson City, Nevada; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his brother Russell and half-sister Helen. Services: Dr. Paul Carey will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on September 6, 2013 following services at Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Missouri at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at Concordia Lutheran Church, 5:30-7:00 on September 5. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Forrest Frank Student Research Fund, Illinois Wesleyan University, P.O. Box 2900, Bloomington, Illinois 91701. Arrangements Through Oak Hill Funeral Home (314-965-8228).


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Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation
10301 Big Bend Road  St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 965-8228

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sept. 1, 2013