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Harvey 'Harv' Paul Berry

Sterling resident Harvey "Harv" Paul Berry died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, of a heart attack at his home in Sterling. He was 59.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at the Church of God in Soldotna. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate. Additional services will be held in Brainerd, Minn., and burial will be in the Baxter Cemetery in Baxter, Minn.

Mr. Berry was born Nov. 24, 1944, in Brainerd to Robert and Francis Berry, where he was raised and educated. He joined the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne in 1965 and served until receiving a honorable discharge in 1967. He continued serving in the Army Reserves until 1971.

Mr. Berry met his wife, Paulette, in his early childhood years and they married Feb. 8, 1969, in Brainerd. He attended the Dunwoody Electrical Institute of Minnesota as a master journeyman electrician in 1967. As a licensed electrician, he started his own business, Harv's Electric, in 1982 in Brainerd and worked there until 1988, when he and his wife moved to Sterling. While in Alaska, he had worked for the IBEW Local No. 1547 until his death.

He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Brainerd. Mr. Berry enjoyed the restoration of older vehicles and, in particular, Fords.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Fran Berry; daughters, Mandy and Megan Berry; and sister, Nancy Berry.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Paulette Berry of Sterling; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Mike Bever and their children, Cameron and Derrick Bever, all of Sterling; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Robbie Berry and their children, Mia and Ella Berry, all of Brainerd; son, Seth Berry of Brainerd; daughter, Leah Cain of Motley, Minn.; father and stepmother, Robert and Millie Berry of Cambridge, Minn.; sister, Jean Mershon of Brainerd; brother, Jack Berry of Cross Lake, Minn.; and longtime friends, the Frost family and Nelson family, both of Soldotna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berry Family, P.O. Box 749, Sterling, AK 99672.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, December 7, 2003



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