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Gene Berry
December 29, 1937 - May 21, 2014

Gene Raymond Berry, 76, of rural Stanley passed away on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at Grandview Healthcare Center in Oelwein surrounded by his loved ones.

Visitation will be from 4-7PM on Tuesday May 27, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home.  There will not be a public funeral service held.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gene’s family.

Gene was born on December 29, 1937 in Arlington to parents Raymond and Helen (Walters) Berry.  He graduated from Arlington High School in 1956.  Gene was united in marriage to Patricia Yearous on January 8, 1958 in Maynard.  They had four children: Chris, Tina, Melody and Travis.

Gene operated Berry’s Salvage Yard in rural Stanley for over 40 years.  He enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting, antiques and auctions, selling on eBay, quilting with Pat and trips to the casinos in Waterloo, Dubuque and Tama.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Left to celebrate Gene’s life is his children: Chris (Julie) Berry of Oelwein, Tina (Chad) Rodas of Strawberry Point, Melody (Bart) Thein of Dallas, GA, and Travis (Carrie) Berry of Maynard; his grandchildren: Chad, Justin, Molly, Tara, Megan, Amanda, Brittany, Jerad, Audrey, James, and Jake; 17 great grandchildren; his brothers: Jerry (Donna) Berry of Bonnieville, KY and Wayne Berry of Ankeny; many nieces, nephews and friends.

In death, Gene has rejoined his parents, his brother Larry Berry, and his wife Pat (2012). 


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Larry L. Mikkelsen on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM said:

Had a lot of great times with Gene in high school.

He was one of the good ones!
Cathy Pritchard - Hoeger on May 27, 2014 at 9:06 PM said:

I will miss you Gene and all the fishing we did at Mississippi along with the Asparagus hunting we did. Can't count the countless trips to the sale barn selling pigs and our Walmart run to the clearance ile,those were the good old days.
from linda schroeder on May 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM said:

to chris and melody and family my dearist sympathy for the loss of[pa] jolly old sole he will be missed deeply but remember one thing holes in the floor of heaven when tears come tumbling down he is still watching over you all god bless you and the whole famiy
Kelly geislely on May 26, 2014 at 2:28 PM said:

Melody I am so sorry to hear of your dad passing. I hadn't heard about your your mother till yesterday either, I know how devastated you must of been to have lost your mom. Now your dad. So sorry my heart breaks for you and your family take care of your self. You mom and dad would want you to.
Larry Mikkelsen on May 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM said:

My sympathies to Gene's family.

Gene was a great guy and I'm sure he will be missed.
Randy Niehaus on May 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM said:

I am sorry to here of Gene's passing. You have my sympathy.
I know it has been years since I have been to the yard. I always enjoyed sparing we Gene over a parts deal. I always had a good time joking with Gene. He had that tough guy image, but was really just a teddy bear.
Janet Bockenstedt on May 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM said:

Will miss forever going out for parts to the yard and him yelling across the yard what do you want? Pretty gruff, but great when you got to know him. Sympathies to Melody and family and Tina and family and the boys and their families.
Sharon Turner on May 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM said:

What a gruff teddy bear. I will miss his grin and that innocent look when I would catch him doing something he wasn't supposed to. An honor for me to have known Gene and his family. He will be missed at Grandview.
Alexis-Grandview on May 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM said:

Gene was always a sweet guy! Knew how to keep us on our toes, he truly will be missed, condolences to the family!
Tracie Oakley~Fette (Jay Fette) on May 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM said:

Melody, we are sorry for your families loss. May it comfort you that your dad & mom are together.. you are in our prayers!
Lucy Kieffert aka poodle to gene on May 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM said:

My thoughts go out to you! gene will never be forgotten here at Grandview!
Anonymous on May 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM said:

Melody my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marni Stasi Heisler
Anonymous on May 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM said:

Growing up Gene was always Santa to me, I swore he looked just like him when I was little! Then to find out Santa was my uncle, woohoo!! Gene and Pat were always meant to be together I don't think we ever seen one without the other, had to be pretty unbearable for him once she passed. Now they are blissfully happy together. Condolences to his children and grandchildren.
Amy Posey (Berry) & family
Garry/Betty Davidson on May 23, 2014 at 6:28 AM said:

We lived neighbors to Gene and his family when we were young children growing up on the farm west of Arlington. Gene loved to ride in my buggy hitched to my Shetland pony. Never knew where he lived after we moved away in 1946. Our sympathy to the family. God Bless.

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