OBITUARY

David Alan Cary

July 7, 1947November 28, 2020
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David A. Cary, 73, of Lee's Summit, MO passed away 28, November 2020. He was born in Harrisonville, MO, 7 July 1947 to Floyd Jr. and Dorothy Lee (Orthel) Cary of Pleasant Hill, MO. David was a life long resident of Lee's Summit, a member of the Lee's Summit Baptist Church, an Eagle Scout in Troop 264, member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say, and later helped start up Explorer Post 3777 in Lee's Summit. Upon graduating from Lee's Summit High School in 1965, he entered into an apprenticeship program with the local electrical union, and a year later, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army. David was deployed to Thailand and served in the 697th Engineer Company (Pipeline), installing fuel lines, fuel tanks and water lines on numerous Air Force bases across Thailand for 26 months, during which he attained the rank of Sergeant E5. Six years later, David again served in the military, joining the 110th Engineer Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard. Eight years after that, he entered Active Duty with the MONG, eventually retiring in 1996 as a Master Sergeant E8. He spent 26 plus years in the service, having served as a Construction Foreman, Retention NCO, Unit Clerk, Battalion Personnel Staff NCO, and Battalion Operations NCO. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 4 OLC, Good Conduct Medal with 4 Knots, National Defense Service Medal with Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, as well as other numerous awards. After his retirement from the military, David then went on to retire as a Commercial Electrician with Local Union 124 IBEW, and later as a Maintenance Supervisor with MONG State Maintenance in 2013. Following his retirements, David's passion turned to riding his motorcycle and generally putting 20,000-25,000 miles on it each year, including participating in several Run for the Wall, a 6,000 plus mile ride from Ontario, CA to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. David combined his love for riding with his passion for aiding veterans as most of his rides benefited veterans, including honoring fallen veterans at funerals and escorting them to their final resting place. He was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a life long member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. David was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Dorothy Lee Cary. Survivors include his ex wife Katherine Louise Cary; daughters Jennifer Denise Cary and Milo Orion Magruder (Jessica), both of Lee's Summit; his younger brother Richard Wayne Cary of Hendersonville, TN; his younger sister and brother-in-law Lou Ann and Joe Jenkens of Quincy, IL; along with other family members and numerous friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • Committal Service with Military Honors

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

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Rick Starkey

May 18, 2021

I meet Oscar on RFTW we rode from LA to DC several times together. I always looked forward to seeing him on the run. He was a true friend and brother.
Oscar I have the beads you made me on my vest. I have the patches I got from you on my vest also.
I whisper your name often you are not forgotten.
Miss you

Ronald Maki

December 7, 2020

David was a true Patriot and friend. He will be missed by many.

He will be a star at his new duty station.

John & Tina Clarke

December 3, 2020

David Cary was one of a kind. In other words, they broke the mold! He was always thinking of others. He had a passion for riding with ALR21 and friends. He loved his daughters and most causes that involved helping veterans. there is so much more that could be said about David... but he will be so missed by all that knew him.

Britney Meyer

December 2, 2020

One of my favorite memories was going out to dinner before prom with him, his oldest daughter Jennifer, and my dad. He was hilarious, witty, and he could easily make you smile despite claiming to be super grumpy old man. He had a soft spot for his girls, and he was a wonderful man and father.

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