Neil R. Berry

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Neil Raymond Berry, age 85, of Vanderbilt, Michigan, passed away on March 16, 2023, at home surrounded by his family.

Neil “Buck” was born in Center Line, Michigan, on February 21, 1938, to Malo and Marie Berry. He was one of 13 children.

He married Janet Klein on June 11, 1960, and together they had four children. He worked as a journeyman lineman throughout the state of Michigan and was a member of the IBEW Local 17. Buck retired in 1998 and moved back to northern Michigan to be close to his family.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet; three of his children, Irene (Keith) Denton of Cedar Springs, MI, Marilyn (Rick) Cole of Vanderbilt, MI, Neil E. Berry of Gaylord, MI, and son-in-law, Rick Weber; five siblings, Wayne (Margie) Berry, Nancy (Tom) Madison, Clyde (Colleen) Berry, Lee (Jan) Berry, and Randy Berry; and many nieces and nephews.

He loved his grandchildren and always enjoyed their company. Surviving him are grandchildren. Jessica (Dave) Moll, Joshua Denton, Heather Denton, Vanessa (Brandon) Gapinski, Roger Cole, Ricky (Trina) Weber, Amanda Weber, Tyler Weber; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Jazmin, Angelica, Ruby, Lucy, Braelynn, and Elizabeth; and one great-great-grandchild, Carmen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Malo and Marie Berry; daughter, Valerie Weber; and siblings, Marilyn Vizina, Dale Berry, Allen Berry, Elaine Smith, Lorne Berry, Audrey Badgero, and Kent Berry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Holy Redeemer Church in Vanderbilt, Michigan, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held before Mass, beginning at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow.

Neil’s final resting place will be Resurrection Cemetery, in Gaylord, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Neil’s honor to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

6 comments on “Neil R. Berry”

  1. We are so saddened by this. You are all in our prayers. Prayers for Janet , Irene , Marilyn and Neil. And all those beautiful grandkids. ❤️

  2. Our love and prayers go to Aunt Janet and to uncle Buck’s children, and their children. We will cherish his memory and will hold you close to our hearts in your time of grief. Please know that even though we are not there in person we are always there for you in spirit.

  3. I called my father, Ron Beyer (Aunt Lucille’s son) to tell him. He and Neil were the same age and when my dad and Neil were around 10 years old, they went to school together. He recalls spending time with Allen, Neil, and Lorne. He has fond memories of gathering cedar boughs with them to sell to a man who resold them for the fragrance. They received 50 cents a box and were happy to get that as kids. He sends his condolences to the family and hopes they find comfort in fond memories as well.

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