In Memory of

Carey Lyman Hetrick

September 27, 1943 - October 14, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

 Carey Lyman Hetrick, age 78, of Cherokee, died Thursday, October 14, 2021, peacefully in his residence.

 Carey was born in Doon, Iowa on September 27, 1943. He was the son of Lyman “Bud” and Geraldine (Wedlock) Hetrick. Carey graduated from Cherokee Washington High School in 1962.

 He married Carol E. (Lochner) Hetrick on September 9, 1972. They had a wonderful life together and raised three daughters: Tina, Coree, and Tayla.

 Carey was most known for owning/operating Carey’s lounge, restaurant, and steakhouse. In 1982, Carey and Carol decided to close the doors of the lounge and opened the Christian Book, Music, and Supply store. In each business, Carey had multiple opportunities to share the testimony of his dramatic life change when he surrendered his heart to Jesus, His Lord. He was unashamed of his faith and would readily share with any who needed a word of encouragement or who needed to receive Jesus and be born again.

 Carey was happiest being in the restaurant. He worked faithfully over the years and was rarely absent from the business. Even up until a week before his passing you could find him in the kitchen. He was energized by the community and truly appreciated seeing and visiting with all who would come in.

 Carey has been happily promoted to Glory and his family knows he is reunited with the love of his life, Carol. All here will miss Carey, but we rejoice knowing this life is temporary, but eternity is forever. Choose Jesus today.

 Remaining of his family include Daughters, Tina, her husband Tim Westbay and his daughter, Keeli of Cherokee, IA, Coree, her husband Paul Stewart and their daughters, Shelby and Caitlyn of Colorado Springs, CO; and Tayla, her husband Craig Nelson, and their son, Alexander of Des Moines, IA, Siblings, Jerilynn, her husband Donald DeMorland of Davidsonville, MD; and David, his wife Shirley Pierce of Aurelia, Iowa, as well as, many nieces and nephews. 

 Carey was preceded in death by his parents, his precious wife, Carol, his brothers Larry Hetrick; Tom Hetrick; and a sister, Alice Jean Buenger.

 Carey was known for his quick wit, his humor, and his generosity. Volumes would be filled if all his stories were told. Carey’s life truly made an impact, and he will be remembered by all who knew him. He lived a full life and is now resting in the presence of his Savior.

A come and go celebration of Carey's life will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Carey's Restaurant in Cherokee.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date.


Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM
“My prayers go out to Tina and family. Carey was my long-time friend and mentor. He always encouraged me to walk with Jesus. He will be missed.”
- Simon Boger
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM
“Heaven just gained an angel. Carey was kind, generous, and could entertain any bunch in town. He was an unforgettable guy.
- Christie Franklin
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM
“So sorry and shocked to hear of Carey's death. He was so friendly whenever I went into the restaurant or the book store. It was a day brightener. He has joined his beloved wife and Jesus.”
- Pam Sturgeon
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM
“The man was great! Legendary! RIP!”
- Jason W Schleef
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM
“Carey will definitely be missed 😢. A very special man, to many reasons to count. He always had a smile 😃 and " how are ya today ". Best place in town for camaraderie. ”
- Teresa Hansen
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:30 PM
“My sympathy to Carey's family.
A great cafe with great food, (potato skins are one of my favorites). Carey had a good sense
of humor & always smiling.
R.I.P. Carey. You'll be missed.”
- Jerry Matthews
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“God bless him as he journeys home to be with his Lord and Savior. I’ll miss his omelets and Carey’s chicken delight!”
- Sue Ritts
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“so sorry to hear of careys taking this journey. if only for family and friends left behind. prayers for his daughters and family and friends. he will be missed.”
- phil and sharon reinert
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“So sorry for your loss of your dad. He was very special person. He will be missed with his joking around. Thoughts and prayers 🙏to all of you. ”
- Diane Thomas
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“I am going to miss your smiling face in the morning getting coffee. Fly high ❤️”
- Delgado Jessica
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Sorry to hear of Carey’s passing he was a very nice man, I never had a bad meal from him nor did I ever leave not full. He was the type that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it . God has gotten another good one to add to his angels Rest In Peace my friend”
- Jeff fiedler
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“This makes me so sad! Carey made everyone that entered his restuarant feel apart of his family! It will truly never be the same. One of the nicest guys ive ever met. Thinking of the family and please know he brought smiles and happiness to many many people!! Rest in peace Carey!”
- Tiffany Updike
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Carey you will be missed by everyone you always said hi and you were always smiling not matter if was rain or shine god bless you and fly high ”
- Nancy Lane
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“So sad to say goodbye to a definite icon of Cherokee. A great, great guy. Served his nation, served his community, served God, and took care of his family. Rest in peace.”
- Payt Bergert
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Sorry to hear of Carey's passing. Since he was a man of God, we know we will see him again. Philippians 1:21 says "To me to live is Christ and to die is gain". He is rejoicing around the throne with Carol and others who have gone on before.
- Karrol & Richard Christensen
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Rest in pease Carey great friend and man.”
- John and Bev Phipps
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“My prayers go out to the family and the whole town of cherokee carey was an amazing and funny man his food was amazing as well you will be lost by a community of people that enjoyed ”
- Bateman Christina
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“So sorry to hear about Carey. It was always nice to go eat and have a little fun intertainment. He will be missed by all.”
- Dan Nielsen
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“I am so sad to learn of Careys passing.

He was a uniquely open, encouraging, hard working and decent man.
One of a kind.”
- Mike Traster
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Condolences to the Hetrick family. We are shocked to hear the news of Carey's passing. He was always so full of life. We will miss seeing Carey on our annual family trips to Cherokee. However, he was surely prepared as any man could be for the trip to the other side. RIP Carey, we will miss you!
Jerry & Marcy Springer”
- Jerry & Marcy Springer
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“The food just got better in Heaven! Carey was a great guy, and will be missed by many.”
- Steve Alingh
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“What a great man, it is a sad day. I could always depend on warm wishes and a smiling face when back home!”
- gregory s held
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“We were sorry to hear of Carey passing, however, rejoice that he is home now with mom and many friends. We always enjoyed spending time with him and his passionate love of Jesus. I’m sure he was welcomed home with, “Well done my faithful servant!!” Prayers for all your family, Love John and Mary”
- John and Mary Clair
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Breaks my heart to hear this. Carey was a great guy and will be missed dearly. He is rejocing with his beautiful Angel Carol now. R.I.P. Carey ”
- Amy Strahmann Booher
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Our hearts are heavy to learn of Carey’s passing. Members of Chapter CC send our condolences to Carey’s family and friends. Our motorcycle group has held chapter meetings at Carey’s Restaurant for several years. We remember fondly and will sorely miss Carey’s smiling face and warm greeting at some point during our meetings.

Rest in the peace of our Lord, Carey.
In Sincere Sympathy,
Jim and Roxie Anderson
Tom and Beverly Bacan
Don and Jane Banwart
Tom Bishop
Bob and Carol Blodgett
Don and Carol Hansen
Jim (Blue) Jonas
Ken and Marge Kohler
Allen and Rhonda Lorimor
Randy and Donna Reed
Bob and Joan Stout
Jay Sylling
Robert VerHeul”
- Chapter CC of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“surprised and sorry to learn of Carey's passing into life with Christ”
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Back in the day, Carey and I could really “cut a rug””
- Linds Struck
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Dear Tina, Corey, and Kayla, We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We was a good man and loved Jesus. What I remember about your Mom and Dad was their kindness to our daughter Chesley. When she was young they loved to shop for Easter and Christmas gifts for her. They gave her some lovely Christian Easter and Christmas children's books. I still have them; I cherish them very much. I hope to read those books to Chesley's children some day. I'll be able to tell them that their great great aunt and uncle Carol and Carey loved Jesus so much that they wanted to share the good news with their future great great nieces and nephews. That is very special. Much Love, Annette and Chuck Buenger”
- Annette Buenger
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Oh my gosh. This just breaks our heart. Our prayers got out to his daughters and family's and his loved employees. Such a great man. Always had a smile and conversation with everyone he seen. He loved everybody and now he is with his beloved wife Carol. He will be greatly missed. ”
- Jerome and Patsy Day
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Rest easy Carey, you deserve it!”
- Steve Conley
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Rest In Peace, Carey!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:51 PM
“Sorry to hear about Carey.He was a great guy and one of a kind”
- Melissa Eberly
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