Charles Thomas "Charlie" Berry (1951 - 2013)

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Charles "Charlie" Thomas Berry went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 12, after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage. Charlie was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He sought excellence in all that he did, and was a respected leader with a heart for serving others.

Born on Dec. 16, 1951, to Guy Archibald Berry and Anna Bonna Gertrude Nelson Berry, he was the third of six sons. He graduated from Hopkins High School in Hopkins, Minn. in 1970. It was at the graduation party that he met Becky Brewster, who would become his wife in 1975. They had their first daughter, Jane, in 1981, and their second daughter, Shannon, in 1982.

A skilled master craftsman, Charlie loved to work with his hands. Much of his career was spent working in the construction industry. Most recently he served as superintendent of the Depot Place project in downtown Kalispell. Although he loved building homes, he also took delight in smaller projects such as making wooden toys for his children and grandchildren.

Charlie always had a project. He never sat still. He loved spending time with all of his family and was constantly teaching them something: gardening, hunting, gun safety, the proper way to stack wood (the proper way to do everything, really), how to work hard, how to serve others. He loved hunting and fishing with his brothers, his sons-in-law, and his grandchildren. He always had story to tell and a rock 'n roll song for every line spoken. He was a strong quiet man, with a great sense of humor, who showed by his constant acts of service that he loved Jesus, and that he loved to put others before himself. He had a unique gift of finding beauty in everything.

Charlie was a member of Grace Church in Kalispell, as well as a vital part of its leadership team. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for over 25 years as part of his commitment not only to grow in his own faith and understanding of God's word, but also to help others do likewise. He was a man whose heart was genuinely resolved to walk in the ways of Christ.

Enjoying life to the fullest, Charlie lived the verse, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men (Colossians 3:23)." Although we will miss him on this earth, we are fully convinced that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."

He leaves behind Becky, his beloved bride of 38 years; daughters, Jane and Josh Turner and Shannon and Mike Woodberry; grandchildren, Caleb, Andrew, Julia, Moriah, Nathan, and Josiah Turner, and Joshua, Anna, Judah, and Asher Woodberry. He also leaves his five brothers, Guy Jr., David, John, Jim and Byron, as well as 20 nephews and nieces, numerous great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Whitefish on Friday, April 19, at 11 a.m. Memorials can be sent to Grace Church, 1225 Highway 93 North, Kalispell, MT 59901 in Charlie's name, to be disbursed to Bible Study Fellowship and Rafiki Foundation, an international organization dedicated to befriending orphans and widows in their distress.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 17, 2013