-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
KSGENWEB INTERNET GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY COPYRIGHT NOTICE:  In keeping with the KSGenWeb policy of providing free information on the Internet, this data may be used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied materiel.  These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other gain.  Copying of the files within by non-commercial individuals and libraries is encouraged.  Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires approval of the file's author.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

RUSSELL DAILY NEWS, 27 October 2001
Obituary of LESTER MAXWELL BERRY
Lester Maxwell Berry, 81, 1725 Wilderness Drive, died Saturday, October 27, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center.

He was born October 30, 1919 at Bunker Hill, the son of James Walter and Ethel Goldie Meharg Berry.
Lester married Neva Bridenstine January 8, 1943 at Friends Chapel, Coyle, Oklahoma.

Lester was born on a wheat farm in Bunker Hill where he attended Shannon Grade School and Bunker Hill High School. He worked in the oilfield during the oil boom.

During World War II he enlisted in the military in 1941 and served until 1945. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 33rd Armored Regiment Maintenance Company of the 3rd Armored "Spearhead" Division.

As a tank commander, he served in Normandy, North France, the Rhineland, and the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge).

He returned to Russell county taking over the family farm where his five children were born and raised. Over the years, in addition to farming, he also drove a milk truck, operated a radio, TV and CB repair shop, delivered propane to homes, worked in an auto supply store, was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Russell County, and served as a reserve officer on the Hoisington Police Department.

He operated a gas station of worked in an automotive repair shop, until he retired in 1984.

After his retirement, he and Neva moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, where they lived until 1996, after which they moved to Norman, Oklahoma, to be near family. Lester enjoyed golfing, camping, RVing, boating, computer work and traveling. Lester and Neva drove the Alaska Highway on its 50th anniversary.

Lester was a member of Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church, Lions, Good Sam's Club, GCGer's of Goodrich UMC, all of Norman; VFW Post No. 6240, Russell; and 3rd Armored Division Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include: his wife; three sons, Stuart Berry, Talala, Oklahoma, David Berry, Tyler, Texas, and Dr. Galen Berry, River Falls, Wisconsin, and Cindy Pennington, Norman, Oklahoma; one sister Julia Alexander, Surprise, Arizona; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service will be held at Friends Chapel, Coyle, Oklahoma, Wednesday, October 27, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Merl Kinser officiating. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Coyle, Oklahoma.

Memorials are suggested to Friends Chapel, Rt. 1, box 103, Coyle, Oklahoma 73702, or Oak Grove Cemetery, Attn: Fannie Smalley, Rt. 1 Box 88, Boyle, Oklahoma 73702.

Transcribed and Contributed by Glenda Brack


Last Updated:  Saturday, April 20, 2002 18:07:00


Back to the Russell County Obituaries Index
Back to KSGenWeb Digital Library
Back to KSGenWeb State Index Page


Blue SkywaysHOME PAGE for KANSAS STATE LIBRARY
An Extra special thanks to Blue Skyways, Home page for Kansas State Library, for donating space for the many KSGenWeb pages.


Page Design, HTML Coding and Layout - Copyrightę1998-2002 by Kenneth Thomas, All Rights Reserved.
The KSGenWeb Project logo Copyrightę1996-2002 by Tom & Carolyn Ward, All Rights Reserved.
For the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project.  Permission is granted for use only on an Official KSGenWeb Project page.
The Official USGenWeb Project logo designed by Linda Cole.