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GARYLEE BERRY Garylee Berry, 78, devoted husband, father and grandfather passed away on January 12, 2017 in Lewiston, Nez Perce, Idaho. He was born on December 12, 1938 in LaGrande, Oregon to Clarence Oscar and Effie Treny (Blanchard) Berry. He spent his younger years living in Pondosa and LaGrande, Oregon, and Lind Washington. In 1950 the family moved to Warden, Washington where he graduated from Warden High School. He excelled in math and later on continued his education at Columbia Basin College. In February of 1958, he married his high school sweetheart Alta Rae Starr. Together they had five sons: Earl Jan born in Othello, Washington; Lee born in LaGrande Oregon; Stephen Lynn, Daniel Ray, and Troy Jay, all born in Japan. He served in the military service from November 1956 to October 30, 1978 in the U.S. Army spending much of the time as a medical photographer until he retired. He served in Japan, Korea, Germany and several states in the United States. In July of 1978, the family moved to West Richland, Washington and Garylee retired from the U.S. Army. He worked in the civil engineering field as a CAD supervisor and designer in the Tri-Cities area. Garylee was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various positions. He and his first wife Rae served in both the Seattle and Columbia River Temples until she passed away October 26, 2003. On November 5, 2004, after Garylee married Eva M. Kunz Johnson in the Columbia River Temple he moved to Lewiston, Idaho. Together they served in the Spokane Temple, and served a fulltime mission for the Church in the Lewiston area. One of his favorite hymns was "Because I Have Been Given Much, I too Must Give". This became his motto for service for the remainder of his life. His hobbies included shooting at the gun range, working with wood and making beautiful bowls, family history, computers and "honey-do-jobs!" He had a great love for model airplanes and loved to fly with other members of the Lewis-Clark RC Model Club. One of his great desires was to become an airline pilot but because of astigmatism, he was disqualified. He was a perfectionist in anything he endeavored to do and disliked shoddy workmanship. He is survived by his wife, Eva in Lewiston, Idaho; sons: Lee (Brenda) Berry - Indiana; Stephen (Darlene) Berry Ohio; Daniel (Fowler Jean) Berry Florida; and Troy (Theresa) Berry California; step-daughters Jackie Oakes Lewiston; Janis Johnson Moscow; and step-son, Scott Johnson, St. Maries, Idaho. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; sisters: Geri Noble Richland, Washington; Barbara (Clark) DeMille Layton, Utah; and Joan (Lorin) Lybbert Moses Lake, Washington He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Rae, son, Earl, grandsons, Nathan Berry, Brayden Berry, Michael Hilton, step-son, James Leonard Johnson and step-son-in-law, Levi Oakes. Services will be held in Lewiston, Idaho on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting one hour prior to the funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 9th and Preston. Burial with full military honors will be the following day at noon at Deseret Lawn Memorial Park at 1401 South Union, Kennewick, Washington. Funeral arrangements are by Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston, Idaho.
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Jan. 17, 2017