A Celebration of Life for Mr. Richard W. Berry of Dunnellon, Florida, will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 1st, at the Berry Residence. Richard went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 27, 2012.
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Born June 25, 1924, Richard was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Richard was in the Navy and was a Navy Seal UDT 14. Richard was quite the warrior, a true American Hero. He loved his United States of America. While he lived in New Jersey, he worked for Ford Heavy Duty Trucks in Manahawkin, NJ. He also drove a school bus for Citrus County for 10 years, was dedicated to education in Citrus County and loved those little kids be drove for. He had a great personality, winning smile, and a beautiful voice. At one time he sang in the choir at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member of about 12 years. He made a Presbyterian out of his wife, Helen. He was a member of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey for 50 years, a Most Worthy Grand Patron of the Order of Eastern Star of Tuckerton and a member of many Eastern Star Chapters in New Jersey. His biggest hobby was entertaining by his lovely swimming pool he designed at his home. He loved entertaining his family, friends and neighbors.
The family requests in lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612 or to the National UDT Seal Museum Highway A1A, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949.
His wife, Edith, to whom he was married for many years, preceded him in death in 2002. He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Helen Berry of Dunnellon; sons, Howard Berry of Tuckerton, NJ, and Kenneth Berry of Clearwater; daughter, Shirley Ochs, of Inverness; stepsons, Robert and Ranza Bateman, both of Dunnellon; stepdaughter, Tracy Mickel of Toledo, OH; many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was truly loved by everyone that knew him. He will be missed by all.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 30, 2012