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Ulysses 'Casey' Carriker

Ulysses "Casey" Carriker, 82, of Stephens City, VA passed away at his home early Wednesday morning, July 8, 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; their daughter, Kathleen Carriker and her husband Dean See of Liberty, MO; and grandson, David See of Macon, MO.

Casey was born February 6, 1933 in El Dorado Springs, MO, the son of Julius and Lena Martin Carriker.

After graduating from El Dorado Springs High School, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard stationed in CA. During a seven day leave he returned to MO to marry his high school sweetheart, with whom they enjoyed a 62 year marriage. He would often say the happiest days of his life were the days he married Dorothy and the day Kathleen was born. Upon his return to his duty station he soon found himself on a ship bound for the waters off the coast of Korea during the Korean War. After his discharge he and Dorothy settled in Raytown, MO where they were both active in the Camp Fire Girls, Raytown Archaeological Society, Raytown Historical Society and other civic organizations. He attended Kansas University and earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his employment with two international consulting engineering firms in Kansas City he worked toward his P.E. (Professional Engineering) licensure, which he obtained in 1962.

After several engineering positions in the local area, he began working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on various projects in MO. Iowa, and Kansas. He subsequently was transferred to the Mid-Division of the Corps in Virginia; first on Mt. Weather and later to Winchester. His projects sent him to many areas overseas in the Mid-East region and other areas. 

After his retirement in 1995 he devoted a good deal of his time to his lifelong love of music. He could play, as well as repair, any stringed instrument. Many hours were spent playing guitar and singing at local nursing homes and senior citizen centers. He was also a member of the Apple Capital Barbershop Chorus. As it became too painful for him to play an instrument he was forced to give up his entertainment "gigs". He greatly missed his interaction with the residents of the homes and centers. To remain active in the community he volunteered at the Wayside Theater until its closing and for the last five years was a Volunteer Listener with Concern Hotline. He was a member of the American Legion and the local chapter of the Korean War Veteran's Association.

His wish was to be cremated with no local services and his ashes be returned to MO. If anyone wishes to make a donation in his memory please consider Concern Hotline, P.O. Box 2032, Winchester, VA, 540-536-1630; Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 161 Fort Collier Rd., Winchester, VA 22602; or any other charity of your choice.

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