William "Willie" Carey, 62, of Scott Twp., died Thursday evening at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident earlier that day. He is survived by his companion of more than 22 years, Loretta Kishbaugh.
Born in Meshoppen, son of the late Walter Sr. and Louise Carey, he had lived in the Scott Twp. area most of his adult life. Throughout his working career, he was a dishwasher at several local diners, including the Flying J, but was most notably known for cutting grass as his business throughout the area. He was affiliated with the Peckville Assembly of God Church, Business Route 6, Blakely.
Willie, affectionately known as "Wacky Willie" to all his grass cutting customers and friends, he enjoyed watching wrestling on TV, taking his "grandkids" fishing, and tinkering with his tractors and grass cutters. He will be deeply missed by all of those whose lives he touched.
He is survived by a sister, Millie Bellevue, California; a brother, Walter Carey Jr., Texas; eight stepchildren: five boys, Laverne Kishbaugh, Michael Kishbaugh, Patrick Kishbaugh, Randy Kishbaugh and Jerry Perry; and three girls, Olga "Sissy" Snyder, Terry Kishbaugh and Betty Webber; 18 stepgrandchildren; and a great-stepgrandchild.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and Frank Carey.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Yurkanin Funeral Home, 1115 Main St., Dickson City, by Pastor Terry Drost of Peckville Assembly of God Church.
Friends may call Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to assist the family with expenses.