Johnny Van Carey

July 13, 1929 - September 2, 2019
Johnny Van Carey

Johnny Van Carey, 90, of Riverton, KS passed from this life on Monday, September 2, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

John was born July 13, 1929, in Okmulgee, OK to the union of Etheridge T. and Lela (Vandiver) Carey. John was a teacher in the Riverton Schools, retiring after 32 years. John was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Riverton, KS. He was a member of the Baxter Springs Lion’s Club. Even in his free time John still loved working. He built several homes, and enjoyed welding. Anytime John was around he was always good for a story or a good joke.

John was united in marriage to Betty Joyce (Williams) Carey on March 19, 1954, in Riverton, KS. She preceded John in death on November 24, 2002. John was also preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Raymond Carey.

Survivors include one daughter, Melinda Martin and husband Mike of Riverton, KS; one son, John Thomas Carey and wife Deborah of Riverton, KS; seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Along with extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 6, 2019, at the First Baptist Church, Riverton, KS. Pastor Michael Pearce will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hill Crest Cemetery, Galena, KS. Family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at Derfelt Funeral Home, Galena, KS. Memorial donations may be made the First Baptist Church in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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