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Ronald “Nick” Cary

Ronald L. “Nick” Cary, age 93 of Otsego, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born on May 27, 1929 in Plainwell, the son of Harry and Jennie (Barton) Cary. Ronald worked for Consumers Power Company for over 30 years, and relished the idea that he was retired for longer than he was employed. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing, and was a lifetime member of the Otsego Elks.

He married Lee (Brenner) on July 27, 2014 in Otsego.

Ronald is survived by his children, Judy Moore, June Haddix, and Jim (Tina), and Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is his step-daughter Sandra (Shane) Allen.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Rachel in 2012 and brothers Paul ‘Pete’ and Harry “Bud” and sister Maxine Branch.

A celebration of life visitation will be held from 3-6 PM, Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and his ashes will be interred at Mountain Home Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Nick may be made to

Wings Home of Allegan


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Agnes Vanarsdal

February 18, 2023 at 6:26 pm

Lee, Judy, Jim, June , Sandy— and all of Nicks family . My deepest sympathy to each of you. I remember Nick as an easy going gentleman. May God’s grace be with each of you.


Dave Crawford

February 18, 2023 at 7:05 pm

Judy, June, and Jim, so sorry to read of Nick’s passing.,


Lee and Diane Boysen

February 18, 2023 at 7:47 pm

We are very sorry to hear of Nick ‘s passing. Nick and Rachel were fun people. We loved sharing some laughs and jokes with them at gatherings with friends. We will remember both forever.


Joan Walters

February 18, 2023 at 8:51 pm

Lee, Jim, June, and Judy so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Bob and Jo Chamberlin

February 18, 2023 at 11:23 pm

Judy and family, we were sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will miss seeing him at the Pine Lake Diner.



February 19, 2023 at 12:23 am

Judy, Jim , June and families, I’m sad to hear about your dad’s passing. What a sweetheart. He and your mom were always part of our lives growing up and he’ll be missed a lot. Love to all .


Tom Dutton

February 19, 2023 at 12:15 pm

Lee,Judy,Jim,June and familys sorry to hear of Nicks passing, I enjoyed running into him when walking the dog, and our road side visits.


Deana Hostetler

February 19, 2023 at 12:57 pm

Aunt Lee, Jim, Sandy, and Uncle Nick’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. Was so Happy Aunt Lee and Uncle Nick found each other and had such happiness these past years. You will be so missed Uncle Nick. Love you all,Siss.


Diana Clason

February 19, 2023 at 2:09 pm

So sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed. Hugs to all of you.


Kathy Plotts

February 19, 2023 at 3:05 pm

Lee and family

Ron and my Dad worked together at Consumers for many years. My Dad always spoke fondly of him. He was such a nice man and he will be missed by so many.


Lori Steele

February 19, 2023 at 4:44 pm

Jim and family and Lee and family,

Terry and I are sorry for your loss. Nick was a great guy. He was fun to be around and he will be missed.

Terry and Lori Steele



February 19, 2023 at 5:09 pm

Lee, I’m so sorry for your loss. Nick was a good man and I was so happy when you found each other. You two were so sweet to watch together. Let those memories keep your heart happy.


Colleen K. Ziemer

February 19, 2023 at 7:08 pm

Dear Lee, Judy, Jim and June and Families, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed knowing Nick. I loved waiting on him at Nancy’s. I will miss him and not being able to give his cheek any more tweaks. Prayers are with you all. Love, Colleen


Linda (McDonald) and Steve Leafdale

February 19, 2023 at 9:29 pm

“Aunt” Lee and family,

We are very sorry for your loss. Nick was an amazing, one of a kind gentleman. He had the best smile and kindest heart. I remember the day I ran into you guys at the courthouse! You had just picked up your marriage license! You both were grinning from ear to ear! Now he has joined all of our other Angels. May peace be with you all and your moments of grief short as you go through these next few weeks. Love you all so very much!!


Sandy and Dan Fleming

February 19, 2023 at 10:39 pm

Judy and families, Sandy and families, And to all of Ron’s family members. Dan and I are are so very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We would both like to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy.


Joan Adams-Nelson

February 20, 2023 at 11:36 am

To Nick’s family – I am so sorry for your loss. I graduated from High School with Nick in 1946. He was a good friend and a really good person. He will be missed.


Matt and Deb Hunt

February 20, 2023 at 12:34 pm

We are sorry to hear of your loved one’s passing. Sending prayers and condolences to your family…


shelley slater

February 21, 2023 at 3:36 am

Lee i’m so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. he was such a sweet man. i’m praying for you and your family.


Doug and Judy Scheppelman

February 21, 2023 at 4:18 pm

Jim and June,

We’re sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Our prayers are with you and your family.


Tammy Leonard

February 21, 2023 at 8:59 pm

Dearest Lee and Judy, Jim and June…and Family—-GOD Bless and May you find comfort in the Joy and Laughter “Mr. Cary” brought to everyone he met!

I feel so Blessed to know and Love both Rachael and Nick


Corky's Drive In

February 22, 2023 at 11:21 am

From the Mankin family and all the staff at Corky’s Drive-In ….. We will always remember that happy face and big smiles your tender kind heart and soul gave to all of us. Nearly every day we saw you and Lee drive over to Allegan to check out what was happening at Corky’s and eat a little something.. This was also our way Corky’s kept tabs on the both of you. Through the years you became Grandpa Nick and Grandma Lee and the Coffee People to many here at Corky’s.

To say we” will miss you” is hardly the right words for what the staff means – to come everyday – we will see Lee everyday for her coffee and that is good but your smile we will all miss. greatly. Thank you for all the years we had you !


Anne&Jim Shenck

February 22, 2023 at 2:42 pm

Lee,so sorry to hear of this loss.Although we had minimal contact with him,I remember how much Jim enjoyed the time spent together as they both loved old cars.Jim al.ost bought one Nick talked with him about.I remember what joy and smiles he brought you.Sending HUGS. Sincerely



February 23, 2023 at 12:55 am

Heart felt Condolences!!!! He Shared a Long Life!!!! Kathie Brazee



February 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm

Judy, Jaime, Chuck & families,

Sending you all hugs during this time.


~Bill and Janice Thompson

February 27, 2023 at 9:35 am

June and Family … Our Deepest Condolences, Sincerest Sympathy and Heartfelt Prayers …


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