He was the son of Claude Eugene Carey, Sr. and Muriel Bodger Eynon.
He was predeceased by his wife of more than 50 years, Geraldine Flanagan Carey, his daughter, Marilyn Carey Dunn, son-in-law, John Dunn, and two sisters, Betty Lou Davis and Joan Smith.
Claude retired as a GS-17 in Civil Service with the United States Air Force.
His career took him and his family all over Europe.
Upon his retirement, he realized his lifelong dream of traveling to nearly every corner of the world.
Besides traveling for pleasure, his journeys included working, along with his wife, Jerry, with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Guatemala and as the administrator of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem.
He was an active member of Hayden Lake Friends Church for over 20 years.
As a Hayden Lake resident, he volunteered at Kootenai County Medical Center and in the local school, helping young students with math skills.
Left to celebrate his extraordinary life are his two sons, Michael (Christine), of Beaufort, SC, and Donald (Susan), of Hayden; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Sue Carey; and dear companion, Esther Roberts.
No local service is planned.