Harold "Hal" Orville Berry, age 80, was born July 4, 1933, in Detroit, Mich., to Carl J. and Lucille (Speake) Berry. He passed away in the privacy of his home on Sept. 28, 2013, in White Lake, Mich.
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He was preceded in death by his first wife of seven years, Lucille V. Berry, and sister, Mildred, who died in infancy. Beloved husband of more than 50 years to Sharon A. (Smolinski) Berry. Loving father of Martin M. (Faye A. Johnson) Berry (White Lake, Mich.); dear grandfather of Joseph (Brooke) Plovie (White Lake, Mich.), Julie (Jose) Martinez (Andover, Kan.); great-grandfather of five. Also survived by beloved sisters Shirley Lamb (Shelby, Mich.) and Dorothy L. Sieloff (Clarkston, Mich.).
Hal served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, where he studied electrical aeronautics. He was employed in the automotive industry in Michigan for 40 years, starting with Essex Wire and retiring from AFL, Alcoa Fujikuri, as general manager of components. He was well respected in the industry. He retired in 1995 to the Citrus Hills community in Inverness, Fla., from White Lake, Mich. He resided in Florida in the winter and White Lake in the summer. Hal was an avid golfer and member of Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. He was a hobbyist specializing in model ship building and is considered a master model ship builder. He enjoyed sharing his talents with others. He wrote an autobiography of his early life, "A Fork in the Road." He is remembered for his keen memory, sense of humor and patience, but mostly for his gentle kindness.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Sept. 30, 2013