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My Dad's Obituary: Carey Wilds Kaltenbach

Updated: Oct 20

***This post will be updated as dates are announced


Carey Wilds Kaltenbach, 78, of Simi Valley, CA, went to be with the Lord on July 20, 2022.


Carey was born on August 17, 1943, to Bill and Ruth Kaltenbach in Mullinville, KS. After graduating from Mullinville High School in 1961, Carey earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. He later completed doctoral coursework at the University of Missouri- Columbia where he was also a Teaching Assistant.


For many years, he served as a professor at Emporia State University and then at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, teaching courses in English, Rhetoric, Philosophy, and Law. Following an accomplished career in education, he worked as Vice-President for Fund Development at ARCHS in St. Louis, MO; Director of Grants at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO; and Grant Administrator for various departments within the State of Missouri in Jefferson City, MO.

While teaching in Emporia, Carey married Mary Lou Carpenter of Seneca, KS. During the couple’s marriage, they had one child, Caleb Wilds Kaltenbach.


Wanting to be closer to his family after his 2012 retirement, Carey relocated to Frisco, TX, for 3 years before moving to Simi Valley.


Faith in Jesus Christ was a significant aspect of Carey’s life. He was also a connoisseur of classical music, opera, musicals, medieval literature, and mystery novels. When he wasn’t reading. he could be found in movie theaters or watching sitcoms and shows. He also enjoyed writing. Carey deeply loved his family and friends, as evident in the birthday and Christmas cards, letters, and gifts he routinely sent out.


Carey was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Ruth; brother, Phillip; and nephew, Jared. He is survived by his son, Caleb; daughter-in-law, Amy; grandchildren, Joel and Rachel; brothers, Mark and Mike; sisters-in-law, Mary and Tamera; nieces and nephews, Staci, Traci, Craig, Erin, Kyle, Dylan, and Garrett; former wife, Mary Lou; and many cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends.


He will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery in Mullinville, KS, on Saturday, October 29, 2022.