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Berry, Henry VanderHorst
Born on December 27, 1927, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Henry passed away peacefully on December 31, 2015, at age 88 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Margaret (Mimi) Walch Berry and children Kay Berry, David (Leslie), and John (Naomi) of the Phoenix area and Margaret (Pat) McGuckin and Chrissie (Byron) Bateman of Colorado; grandchildren David (Trista) Berry, Elizabeth Berry, Kathryn and Kelly McGuckin, Lauren and Julia Berry, Noa, Eva and Elle Gauthier, Michael and Jeanette Bateman; and great-grandson Jax Henry Schlueter. Henry graduated in 1952 from the University of Michigan with a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned and proudly served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Korean War. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant JG before returning to civilian life in 1954. An extensive career in banking began in 1964 when Henry was recruited to the Valley National Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. In 1968 he became Vice President of Development for The Arizona Bank. He joined Carefree Development Corporation as President and CEO in 1971. During his two years there, he completed the purchase of 160 acres of land from the State of Arizona to develop the planned mixed-use resort community known as The Boulders. In 1973 he returned to The Arizona Bank as Director of Marketing, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. While at The Arizona Bank, Henry worked on the innovation of plastic credit and debit cards, software and hardware for an online computer program for branches and ATMs and the introduction of a national ATM access program. Henry was an active member of the Phoenix community. He was a founding member of the Men's Art Council at the Phoenix Art Museum, a board member of the Arizona Kidney Foundation, and a founding member of COMPAS. A funeral mass will be held at noon on Saturday, January 9, at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry's name to St. Mary's Food Bank, or the Franciscan Renewal Center. Messinger Mortuary


Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 3, 2016
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