Carey, Elton, died peacefully in his sleep with his loving wife Frances by his side on January 30, 2013. He was born on June 23, 1925 in Le Mars, Iowa to Elton and Elsie Carey. Elton's father was a prominent optometrist in this small farming town and was 55 years old when Elton was born. Shortly after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He fought in the 102nd Infantry during World War II, landing in France 9 months after D-Day. His company participated in breaking through the Siegfried Line, the Battle of the Bulge, and crossed the Rohr and Rhine River, stopping 35 miles from Berlin. After the war, he returned to Le Mars where he met Frances in the church choir. They were married for 66 years. Elton graduated college at Iowa State University and they settled in Cincinnati in 1950. They had four boys and Elton worked for Proctor and Gamble as a chemical engineer. They created a loving and close knit family. In 1967, Elton accepted a job with Hunt Wesson Foods in Fullerton, California. He was responsible for vegetable oil process development. A procedure he developed resulted in a significant patent eliminating trans-fats prior to trans-fats being acknowledged as a health hazard. He retired in 1989. Elton was very active as an elder in the church, a caring husband / father and loved to sing. He sang in the Orange Empire Barbershop Chorus, where his quartet, Mid Life Crisis, performed locally for 20 years. Even after he could no longer perform on stage, he loved the camaraderie of the group and supported them by writing the newsletter, Eighth Notes. Elton was very active with his children as they aspired in different sports, particularly baseball and swimming. Elton and Fran watched as their four boys married and all had families, which grew to include 7 grandchildren. Elton especially loved his family get togethers. It was fortunate to have him at the last family reunion located in San Diego last Christmas. He was the grand winner, beating all of his family in a family game called "Mafia" by pretending to be an absent minded father/grandfather. Elton is survived by his wife, Frances; brother, Richard Carey; sister, Madeline Connell; and predeceased by his brother James Carey. He is also survived by his four sons, (four daughters-in-law) and (seven grandchildren): Steve Carey ( (Constance (Lea)), Gregory Carey (Debbie (Ryan and Brandon)), Jeffery Carey (Diane (Brooke and Preston)) and Timothy Carey (Mary (Spencer and Shannon)). Though he is gone, we will always feel his presence in our lives. Elton's Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, 838 N. Euclid, Fullerton, CA 92832. A viewing is scheduled on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 from 6 PM to 8 PM at McAulay & Wallace Mortuaries, 701 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA, 92832. A Graveside service will be held on Friday, February 8th at 3:00 PM at Loma Vista Memorial Park, 701 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA 92835. Donations can be made to Orange Empire Chorus targeted to Youth and Harmony Education (Checks can be sent to Orange Empire Chorus, Care of Ken Klein, Treasurer (Memo: Elton Carey Memorial) at 574 S. Shasta Way, Orange, CA, 92869-5242) or First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund (Checks can be sent to First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund (Care of Elton Carey) at 838 N. Euclid, Fullerton, CA 92832). McAulay & Wallace Mortuary
Published by Orange County Register on Feb. 6, 2013.
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Dear Ms. Fran and family, So sorry for your loss. I worked at both Savannah and Memphis Refineries as well as a couple years in Fullerton Corporate. Elton was a fine gentleman and an expert in his field. Much of the technology he helped develop is still used in Wesson Oil production to this day.
Vicki Roach Rotureau
February 11, 2013
always pleasant and with a smile.i worked in the shop next to his pilot lab at wesson for many years.a really nice man.
February 8, 2013
Fran, Steve, Greg, Jeff, Tim and families,
Boy, they don't make them like Elton anymore!! What a man. Most boys love to compete with their dad, so Elton must have had his hands full. By 18 or certainly by 30 many boys feel they can take dad at their will and win so the need to compete is not as strong. I have a feeling his boys were still trying to compete, with his humor, his bridge prowess, and his "star husband" skills. Sorely missed by many, he will be. A genius in many ways, but with interpersonal relationships, he was at the top of his game.
Canon Hale remarked, As you are lamenting, "He is gone!", know that their are other voices shouting with joy, "Here he comes".