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June 25, 2013

Robert Emmet Rarey

Sept. 16, 1924 - June 24, 2013

Robert Emmet Rarey, 88, Brownsburg, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013. Bob was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Belfrey, Mont., the son of Benjamin A. and L. Pearl Hall Rarey.

The family moved to Greentown when he was a child. Bob attended Union Township, Onward, elementary schools and graduated from Kokomo High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Bob also served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve for over 35 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. His working career was spent in the transportation industry, including J. I. Case Corp., Mayflower, Bekins, Wheaton and Lion Van Lines. Bob was active in Kokomo High School Alumni, class of 1942, the American Legion Post 331, Marine Corps League and the Marine Air Group, Grissom USAF retired.

Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Bonewits Rarey; children, Dan Rarey, John Rarey (Darlene), Susan Rarey, Joseph Ray (Julie), Daniel Ray (Sharon), Kristine Mason (Rick), Nancy “Robin” Ryan; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Hamm, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Matthews Mortuary, 690 E. 56th St., Brownsburg, with memorial services at 11 a.m. Friday at Matthews Mortuary. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery in Reelsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St. Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209. Online guestbook is available at www.matthewsmortuary.com.

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