Arthur James Carey

May 8, 1939 - June 13, 2011

Arthur James Carey, 72, died unexpectedly Monday, June 13, 2011, at the Oak Park Place Assisted Living facility. He was born in Madison on May 8, 1939, to Dr. Arthur F. Carey and Irene (Beyer) Carey.

Having battled Parkinsonís disease for more than 20 years, Artie proved time after time that he would not let the effects of that illness keep him from the activities he loved to do. He continued his life-long passions of boating and fishing on Lake Mendota, playing in (and winning!) bridge tournaments, and building things with his hands well into his later years. His last project was to build a new, longer table-top bowling lane for the residents at Oak Park Place to use.

Art graduated from Central High School in 1957 and went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he played in the UW Marching Band and earned degrees in mechanical engineering and physical education. Artie proudly served his country as a member of the 32nd Division National Guard band, which was called to active duty during the 1961 Berlin crisis.

Following school, Art lived in Waukesha and spent nearly 30 years teaching physical education in the Wauwatosa Public School District, a career which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Artie was preceded in death by his parents; aunts, Fran and Gertrude Beyer and Clara Beyer Hahne; and his brother, Gerard (Jerry).

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Charlotte Stone Carey of Madison; nephew and niece-in-law, Bill Carey and Mary Myers-Carey of Powell, Ohio; and several cousins and many good friends and fellow "card sharks."

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the noon funeral service Saturday, June 18, at Ryan Funeral Home, 2814 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. Funeral services will be conducted by Msgr. Michael Hippee, pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Madison.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Artís name to National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494; or the American Tissue Service Foundation, 5940 Seminole Center Court, Suite 210, Madison, WI 53711 (the money goes for funding of the donor awareness campaign).

The family wishes to thank the staff at Oak Park Place Assisted Living for the quality care and attention they gave Art in the years he was a resident there.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 608-249-8257, is serving the family. To view and sign the guestbook, please visit