Roger Carey

Roger Carey


December 6, 1949 - December 29, 2022


Roger Carey, 73, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022, at his home in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, January 6, 2023, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at a later date at Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, SD. Visitation will be Thursday, January 5, from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Roger Carey was born December 6, 1949 to Leonard “Pete” and Bessie Carey in Canova, SD. He attended Pearl Township country schools until 8th grade, then graduated from Spencer High School in 1968. He studied at SDSU for 2 years. In 1971 Roger moved to Mitchell, SD. He began his military career at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he was a decorated Sharpshooter (rifle). He served as an E5 SGT in the South Dakota Army National Guard - 665 HEM CO (GS) in Mitchell until 1976. He started out his career at UPS in 1971 as a semi-driver, and retired as a route driver in 2002 after 31 years with the company.

Roger attended and was baptized at Spencer Christian Church. He was a proud member of the Mitchell Moose Lodge and the American Legion.

Roger was an independent, self-reliant man. He was a mechanic and a handyman. He bought land in Mitchell in 1977 and built his first house in which he lived for 45 years. He had a great love for Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and owned many over the years. One of his favorite past times was going to the Sturgis Rally on his Harley. He was a great storyteller and had many good stories from those trips. He enjoyed hunting and fishing ever since he was a young boy. He was lucky enough to retire early in life, so you could find him deer or pheasant hunting in the fall, and camping and fishing at the river in the summer. He especially loved the cousin camping trips and the annual cousin bowling weekends in the winter. He was known for bringing his famous baked beans or his favorite County Fair cookies to any family event. Roger had a great love of dogs. In fact, he owned 7 over the years: Smokey, Champ, Sheba, Woody, Sam, Woody II, and his current best friend Thor, who misses Roger very much. Roger held high regard for the relationships in his life with the people that were special to him. If you were lucky enough to be his friend or part of his family, he would do anything for you. He was a protector…

Roger courageously lived with and fought cancer for over 3 years and remained independent up to the end. He will be sorely missed.

Roger is survived by his siblings, Karen (Allan) Bodlak of Wakefield, NE, David (Carrie) Carey of Sioux Falls, SD, and Anita Carey of Hartford, SD; uncle, Pete Vanderludt of Everett, WA; and his cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard “Pete” and Bessie Carey, and brother, Duane Carey.


Thursday, January 5, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, January 6, 2023
1:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Spencer Cemetery
Spencer, SD

Posted by Sandy Voigt Schaefer on January 9, 2023
So sorry to hear of Roger's passing, he was a kind man and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. SHS Class of '66
Posted by Lynnette Schilling on January 8, 2023
I knew Roger from the Moose! Super nice guy! He will be missed by many from the Moose!!!!
Posted by Nolan Clark on January 6, 2023
Roger was a gentle giant. He was a kind, caring man. When I was a kid he taught me how to whistle and I always think of him blasting Huey Lewis and the news cassettes in his brown Ramcharger. I can imagine Champ and his other dogs welcoming him into Heaven. Me deepest sympathies to the family.
Posted by Debra Oster on January 6, 2023
Roger was such a kind man who told wonderful stories. I could listen to him for hours. His sense of humor shown through in all he did. He will be missed; you have Steve’s and my sympathies.
Posted by Joni & Marv Thome on January 6, 2023
Roger was one of the best! He will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to have known him. Fly high with the angels Roger! Rest in Peace!
Posted by Randy and Bev Hummel on January 5, 2023
Good high school memories of Roger. Our sympathy to all the family.
Posted by Greg Vander Lugt on January 5, 2023
The world is a poorer place without Roger, but is a better place because he was was here. I will always remember his love of a good story, his family, his friends, his dogs and the great outdoors. His many kindnesses towards my mother and so many others will always be remembered. A very good man…
Posted by Mike and Kay Moriarty on January 3, 2023
Roger was a good friend through high school years and working with him at UPS. He will be missed and always will be remembered
Posted by Robyn Bartunek on January 3, 2023
Very sweet and caring man, rest in peace Roger.
Posted by Sharleen & David Schlotman on January 2, 2023
We are so sorry for your loss. Roger looks so much like your dad! He will be missed. We're here for you! Prayers are with you.
Posted by Roger & Judi Bartscher on January 1, 2023
Oh WoW-- we are going to miss one of our dearest friends. Over 50 years of memories 🥰 will miss him driving by to 'check up on us'
Still hard to realize that there will be no more visits 😥
Posted by Nancy Eich on January 1, 2023
I have fond memories of Sunday afternoon motorcycle rides when we were teenagers. He had the coolest 1940ish Indian cycle.
Posted by Sherri Schrank-Johnson on January 1, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to you all.
Posted by David Hoiten on January 1, 2023
Sorry for your loss, prayers headed your way.✝️
Posted by Ron Boehmer on December 31, 2022
Will miss Roger Super nice guy RIP
Posted by Linda Morehead on December 31, 2022
Rest in peace Roger
Posted by Jake and Bobbie Prickett on December 31, 2022
So sorry to hear of Roger's passing he was a great guy
Posted by Jeanette Jones on December 31, 2022
Oh I am going to miss that guy..So sorry to hear about his passing
Posted by Jane VanDerLugt on December 31, 2022
Roger made my heart smile. He was one of the good guys and boy could he tell a story! I will miss laughing with him.
Posted by Tom Riddle on December 31, 2022
Roger worked hard for UPS,remember him as a good and decent man,friend Tom Riddle
Posted by Barbara Cunningham Opp on December 30, 2022
Roger was one of my students at Spencer. Sorry to read of his passing.
Posted by John and Linda Mortimore on December 30, 2022
We were so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. We both worked with him at UPS. We remember him as reserved and kind. He told us of his health struggles. Sincere Sympathy
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