Moving to Montana in 2008, he was a born and raised native of Athol, Mass. He joined the Air Force and actively served in Vietnam. He then went to college at Texas Tech before returning to Massachusetts. It was there he pursued a career in plastics manufacturing. He was a member of the Lions Club and a lifetime member of the VFW.
Carey is survived by his wife Margaret Brooks whom he married in Gardner, Massachusetts. Also surviving are his children Christopher T. Carey, Russell J. Carey Jr., Angela M. Carey-Killey, Melissa S. Carey, and Jacquelyn A. Carey; siblings Sharon T. Humphrey, Robert M. Carey, Norman C. Carey, Brian H. Carey, Michael W. Carey, Bruce Carey, and Frank R. Carey; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Military rites and services will take place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Lone Pine Hall, in Lone Pine, Mont.