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Memorial Service

West Richmond Friends Meeting
Saturday September 3rd, 2022
2:00am

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Donald Eugene "Gene" Berry

   Donald Eugene “Gene” Berry died in his sleep Wednesday evening, July 6, at Friends Fellowship Retirement Community. He was 96 years old.

   A lifelong resident of Wayne County, he worked for 37 years for Wayne Dairy, rising from a milkman, delivering door-to-door, to be manager overseeing relationships with dairy farmers.

   He retired with his wife, Norma Jean (Ramey) Berry, to the small farm near Whitewater where he had grown up. The love they put into the farm, with its sweeping fields, colorful flowerbeds, and the new home they built there, was exceeded only by the love they shared for each other, and the many friends and family whose lives they touched.

   Those relationships went onto sustain Gene when Norma died of cancer in August 2000.

   Gene was a long and active member of West Richmond Friends Meeting. He was introduced to the Meeting by Norma. They were married there in June 1950.

   He was a 1943 graduate of Whitewater High School. He attended Earlham College in 1944-45 and served in the U.S. Army from 1945-46.

   He is survived by two sons, Steve, of Rockville, MD (Otilia Fernandes), and Jon, who lives in the Catskills in NY (Fara Warner); two grandchildren, Joel and Flynn; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert, of Annapolis, MD, and Larry, of Whitewater; and many nieces and nephews, and their children and grandchildren, to whom he was their gentle, beloved “Uncle Gene.”

   In addition to Norma, he was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Clara Berry, and a brother, William Berry.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to West Richmond Friends Meeting and Earlham College, where Norma worked for many years.

   A memorial service will be held Labor Day weekend at West Richmond Friends Meeting. Details will be forthcoming.

 


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Guestbook

What a wonderful human. Gene has always held a presence in my heart. Much love to the family.

Marlitt Jul 11 2022 3:29 PM

Uncle Gene was truly “one of the good guys” in life. Someone to be admired and someone I can be proud to be related to. He will be missed.🙏

Bill Berry Jul 9 2022 11:25 PM

Uncle Gene was a very nice man and will be missed by all! We would visit him while visiting my mom at Friends Fellowship and always found it hard to leave. Rest In Peace Uncle Gene! 😢😢

Ron & Sue Berry Jul 9 2022 12:32 PM

Uncle Gene always had a smile. He loved to listen to what you were up to and share a story or two.

Teresa Jul 9 2022 11:54 AM

Gene was such a pleasant man. He was an uncle to me through marriage. I always enjoyed visiting with him and my father -in-law, Bill, listening to the stories they they would tell.

Janet Berry Jul 8 2022 9:04 PM