Fredward “Fred” Benson Berry, 82, of Randolph, OH, formerly of Wallace, WV, left his temporary home surrounded by his family on November 29, 2019, following a courageous battle with MSA. He was born February 9, 1937, on Days Run in Daybrook, Monongailia County, WV, to the late Frank and Nellie Moore Berry.
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He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara Ogden Berry, whom he married, June 30, 1974, one son, Terry Ray Berry and his wife Vonda, Fairmont, two daughters, Victoria “Vicki” Lynn Berry and her companion Melanie Miller, Sebring, FL, and Michelle “Shelley” Leigh Amlotte and her husband William, Randolph, OH, and his son-in-law, Kevin Arbogast. Surviving grandchildren include, Carrissa Prine and her husband Billy, Shinnston, Angela Arbogast, Shinnston, Bridget Pyle and her husband Josh, Fairmont, Stacy Arbogast, Shinnston, Jake Amlotte, Medina, OH, Dalton Amlotte, Medina, OH, Kage Rohde and his wife Halley, New Martinsvulle, WV Jaci Rohde, New Martinsville, WV; great-grandchildren, Kiersten & Ezra Prine, Dylan and Justin Duvall, Kalyn Pyle, Lillian Eve Rohde, his fur grandpups, Miley Mack and Nellie.
Fred was also survived by his sister, Jean Wise and his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Hester “Hedy” Belknap, Gail Berry, Joan and Dearl Mayfield, and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Lynn and Mildred Ogden, his brother, Robert “Bob” Berry, daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Arbogast, grandson, Devin Ray Langford and 2 brothers-in-law, Bob Wise and Fred Belknap, a special friend who he considered a second mother, June Henning, and his mentor and friends, Frank and Marge Chisler
He attended Daybrook and Clay-Batelle High Schools. He was a truck driver having been employed first by Frank Chisler for many years. He was considered has family to Frank and Marge Chisler. He was later employed by Equitable Gas from 1961 until his retirement in 1995. He moved to Lumberport, WV in 1962 and then to Wallace in 1978 where Barb and he would work side by side on their farm. Fred will be remembered as one of the hardest working men anyone has known. He loved his family, his farm, and his cows. He enjoyed hunting, fishing at his favorite spot, Big Sandy River in Bruceton Mills, putting up hay on his John Deere tractor, listening to and watching Molly run rabbits on the farm, and watching westerns on TV. He was Church of Christ by faith.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Crossroads Hospice, especially, Theresa, Amber, Amanda, Shelly, and Debbie; People’s Hospice, Stacey Tennant, for her quick care when he was able to travel to WV for 10 days last spring; his barber, Connie Meadows Smith, for coming to the house to cut his hair when he didn’t feel like going out; and Pastor Craig who came to visit on Thanksgiving day, and the entire Hartville Church of Christ.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation services were provided. A memorial gathering will be held at the Perine Funeral Home, 1348 S. Pike St., Shinnston, from 5pm until the time of the memorial service at 6pm, Sunday, December 8th. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com. The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Berry family.