Jess Randall Carey

Randall was born in Miles  City, MT, raised on the  family ranch near Volborg,  MT. He passed away with  his loving family by his side. 

He was diagnosed with  Lung cancer that  metastasized to his brain in  March 2017. (Never smoked  a cigarette in his life.) Finding  that nothing could be done for this type of cancer, he  spent as much time with family and friends as his  body would allow. 

Randall’s father was killed  on horseback during a  parade in Miles City when  Randall was three years old. 

When Randall was 12, his  mother married a sheet  metal worker from Seattle  that came to Miles City to work on the new VA hospital. This led them to move  between Seattle and many  towns in Montana. He said  he never spent more than a  year in any one school until  he graduated from Roosevelt  High School in Seattle. 

Randall started working in high school, sweeping the  floor in the local drug store  in Miles City. Later working  at Cutting Sheet Metal  where his stepfather was  employed. 

Upon moving to the Seattle area he enrolled in Edison Technical School and turned out as the youngest Sheet Metal Journeyman in Local  99 in Seattle. 

In 1960 he found Virginia  Jensen (Ginger) with her  hands full of money, where  she was employed in the  office at F W Woolworth in  Miles City. His first attraction to her. They dated a short time and were married in July 1960, along with her were three children which he always stated was an added bonus. He cared and raised them as his own. To this marriage were two  more children, making a  family of five. 

Finances and health forced  him to start his own  business on the side of  working sheet metal. This  soon became Carey’s  Landscaping, then as the  equipment became larger,  he started setting rock walls, the name again  changed to Carey’s  Rockeries and Grading. By this time, he had started a  topsoil business in Lynnwood, WA, having built the screening plant in his  garage in Mountlake Terrace, WA. As the boys were growing they started working in the business. Darrald became the rock setter and Ron was the site prep excavator for many of the local builders. Randall built a lot of the equipment in his own shop, and did a lot of his own repairs. 

Randall was preceded in  death by his parents, Ira S.  and Bessie Carey; his stepfather, Newton Hollowell; his only brother,  Del Carey; sisters, Irene Gresens, Betty Ann  Barthlemess. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ginger; sisters, Helen Jones and Peggy Barrett; children, Carol Lorraine, Ronald (Teresa), Lois Edelbrock (Mike), Darrald (Jackie), Jennie Schmidt (Corey); of these marriages are 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. 

His love of his friends  would find him in Jimbo’s for coffee, and many local  restaurants for lunch while  on the job. 

He was a kind man with a  mind of his own, fair, and a  man of his word. Humor was his trade mark. 

He was a tall figure at  most of the local auctions,  especially James Murphy, for Christmas he received a  permanent bid number. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 1-4 p.m., at Airport Inn, Miles City, Montana.

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