Ora “Dean” Carrico, 95, of Osceola died Feb. 4, 2013.
Services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St. The Rev. Marty Burgus officiated. Interment was in New Virginia Cemetery with military service by New Virginia American Legion Post No. 281. Memorials may be directed to HCI Care Services of Osceola, 715 W. McLane St., Suite No. 100, Osceola, IA 50213 or New Virginia American Legion Post No. 281. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.
Ora Dean Carrico, son of Mabel (Bartlett) and Ora Carrico, was born Oct.17, 1917, in Davis City.
Dean grew up in Garden Grove, where he attended Reynolds Country School and Garden Grove High School.
Dean had jobs farming with his grandfather Bartlett, as a meat cutter at Murbarker Grocery Store and cook and mechanic at 3C Camp in Leon.
In March 1941, Dean joined the Army, where he served four years in WWII as a T5 driver and mechanic in the Middle East. He also cut hair for officers and soldiers.
After discharge in October 1945, Dean returned home and married Freda Faye Montgomery on Nov. 3, 1945, in Kansas City, Mo.
The couple made their home in New Virginia.
Dean carried on his career as a mechanic, working at Spencer’s Hardware (later Allen’s Hardware). He also drove a school bus part time, was a mechanic and welder at Fulmer’s Filling Station and later entered into partnership with Earl Minor, opening Minor and Carrico Repair.
After selling Minor and Carrico Repair to Denny Stearns, Dean continued working for Denny for two years. Later, he worked in Osceola at Underwood’s, Andrew’s Auto Supply and Wilson’s Auto.
When Freda retired from Robinson’s, Dean also retired.
Dean was on the New Virginia Fire Department for 35 years and was a member of the Lions Club, N.V. Methodist Church and American Legion since 1945.
After Freda died in 1998, Dean married Mildred Darlene Baker in 1999.
They later moved to Osceola.
Darlene died in 2009.
Dean became a resident at Homestead Assisted Living in 2012.
Dean is survived by his children, Larry (Connie) Carrico of Murray, Linda (Mike) Baughman of Bondurant, Shirley Snell (DeWayne Mercer) of Osceola, Donnie (Kris) Carrico of Murray and Jimmie Carrico (friend Marcus) of Des Moines; grandchildren, Todd (Alicia) Snell, Shari (Brian) Updike, Staci Baughman, Tanya Turner (Rick Dodd), Jamie (Amanda) Baughman, Jeremy Carrico, Alana Carrico (Corey Hites), Jason and Jim Norton, Julie (Shane) Foote, Chris Carrico, Carmen Norwood, Jamie Black, Angie (Josh) Blades and Niki Black; sisters, Dortha Webster and Betty (Oliver) Hendrix; brothers, Gene and Truman Carrico; sisters-in-law, Frieda Carrico, Millie Dougherty, Lela (Carl) Hopkins and Betty Montgomery; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and staff of Homestead Assisted Living.
In addition to his wives, Dean was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Wayne, Delbert, Melvin and Marvin.