Kenneth Lee Carey

May 1, 1938July 7, 2018
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Kenneth Lee Carey, born May 1, 1938, and passed away on July 7, 2018. He was the third of four sons, born in Grand, OK to Rufus and Mary Olive Carey. Ken graduated from Arnett Public School, later joining the US Navy in 1957. Throughout his service in the Navy as Radioman 2nd Class (E-5), Ken toured Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia, Turkey, and Lebanon to name a few. After leaving the Navy in 1961, Ken focused on his professional career, serving as the Chief of Surveys for the 3rd Power Plant in Grand Coulee, WA and the Southern Nevada Water Project in Henderson, NV. Ken later served as the Chief of Right of Way & Location in Gilroy, CA and Realty Specialist for the Central Arizona Project, which brought him to Phoenix.

While living in Oregon, Ken met and fell in love with Delores Richter. They were married in November 1976. Ken had a passion for fishing, movies, and being with his family. Ken is lovingly remembered by his daughters Shirley (Tom) and Rhonda (Billy), sister-in-law Christine, his seven grandchildren (Dennis, Delena, Dawn, Hannah, Samantha, Trevor, and Cameron) and their children. Ken was pre-deceased by his wife Delores, his parents, brothers Tom, Rob, and John, daughter Pam and niece Robyn. Ken was well-known for his sharp sense of humor, generosity, and wisdom. He is be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Funeral arrangements will be held at Shadow Mountain Mortuary in Phoenix, AZ. Visitation will be held Wednesday July 11th from 5:30pm-7pm. Final Viewing and Procession to Committal Service will take place on Thursday July 12th at 8am. Committal Service will follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 9:30am, where he will be laid to rest with his wife Delores.


  • Joshua Fretwell, Pallbearer
  • Tom Keohane, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Reichert, Pallbearer
  • Jim McArthur, Pallbearer
  • Trevor Kelsey, Pallbearer
  • Billy Neves, Pallbearer
  • Adam Reichert, Usher
  • Adam Dowell, Usher
  • Richard Fretwell, Usher


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Final Viewing and Procession to Committal Service Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kenneth Lee Carey

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John Wilkie

July 13, 2018

Am sorry to hear about Ken's passing, too late to attend yesterdays funeral. I just want the family to know how much I enjoyed working with Ken, and I will always be thankful for all the help he gave me. He always went the extra mile to help others.

Jennifer Trepanier

July 12, 2018

Ken was one of the nicest, sweetest men I have ever known. He was gentle and kind and loved his family. He will be missed, but I will remember his smile forever. R.I.P. Ken!

Larry Koontz

July 10, 2018

First let me convey my deepest condolences to family and friends on Ken’s passing. He will be sorely missed! Although I can’t be present at the funeral, I do have a story that I would like to share.

It was a couple of years before Ken retired from Reclamation. I was an extremely active monsoon season on the southern half of the aqueduct. We received a flood of letters (pun intended!) from local landowners claiming damage to their property because of the construction of the canal. Ken was given the task of responding to the landowner’s letters. I would have found it difficult to respond to the victims claims, because I agreed that the construction of the canal had changed the local drainage patterns in many cases. But the Field Solicitor (our lawyer) maintained that because the series of storms created a 50-year event (something that only occurred once every 50 years), Reclamation could not be held responsible for an “act of God.”

Most of Ken’s letters were beautifully written and uniquely constructed. His compassion and understanding of the situation, (even though we could offer nothing legally to help) went a long way to easing tensions along the canal that summer.

It was a newfound appreciation for a friend and colleague that I will never forget!!

Larry A. Koontz
Realty Specialist and
Senior Right-of-Way Agent
United States Bureau of Reclamation