ALLEN A. BARRY, 90 BYRON - Allen A. Barry, age 90, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great- grandfather, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the Serenity Hospice and Home near Oregon. He was born Jan. 26, 1923, near Byron, on the Barry family Homestead; the son to William S. and Minnie (Allen) Barry. He spent his whole life being raised and working at the family homestead. He married Perene Palmer on July 24, 1946, in Oregon. She preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 2002. He than married Marian Blumeyer on Aug. 18, 2004, in Oregon and was welcomed into a loving , caring family that made him very happy including Marian's children; Dixie (Terry) Hurless of Chandler, AZ, Francis "Butch" (Bonnie) Blumeyer of Oregon, Ronald (Angie) Blumeyer of Mount Morris, and also by Marian's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Allen owned and operated Barry's livestock sale barn in Byron and then in Pecatonica. He was a livestock cattle dealer for over 70 years. He is survived by his wife, Marian, daughter, Margo (Marvin) Engelkes of Stillman Valley, 2 grandsons; Barry (Kristy) Engelkes of Eldridge, Iowa, Gene (Molly) Engelkes of Davis Junction, 6 great grandchildren; Chloe, Eli, Caleb, Connor, Dalton, and Carson, a son, Tim Barry of Oklahoma, a granddaughter, Cara Brewer and grandson, Colton Barry, and 2 great grandsons, sister, Margaret (Carl) Klossner of Sun City, AZ. The family would especially like to thank all his very special friends at the Sunrise restaurant; your care and friendship has meant so much. Also a special thanks to Keith and Ginger Willing. You were not only a valued employee for 28 years, you were a true friend. Allen could not have done it without you. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Paynes Point, with the Rev. Andrew Kayes, pastor of the church officiating. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Farrell- Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Serenity Hospice and Home. Visit www.farrellhollangale.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2013