Francis Lee Berry was born on Aug. 8, 1925, the son of John and Blanche (Reeves) Berry at LaMar, Mo. He graduated from the Lake View High School in 1942. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1947.
On Feb. 14, 1949, Francis married Velma Mae Busch at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City. He worked as a farm hand in Auburn, Sac City, and Cherokee, and as custodian for the Aurelia Community School from 1979 to his retirement in 1991.
He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, the American Legion for over 60 years, and various square dance clubs. Francis enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing slots, gardening, and playing cards.
Francis died Monday, May 25, 2009, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Francis in death were his parents, two brothers, Lawrence and Walter Berry, two sisters, Evelina Miller and Lydia Pellesels.
Survivors include his wife, Velma Berry of Aurelia, one son, Brent and his wife Nancy Berry of Danbury, one daughter, Susan and her husband Robert Scott of Morrison, Ill. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Jamie Dean, Justin Dean, Kelli Dean, Ryan Scott, and Jessica Scott, one sister, Charlotte and her husband Don Busch of Lake View, nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.