Lisbon - Karl Dean Berry, 78, of State Route 45, quietly passed away at 10:16 am, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Salem Community Hospital from complications of a recent surgery.
Mr. Berry was born January 20, 1935 in Lisbon, a son of the late James M. Berry Sr, and the late Flora M. (Pannier) Berry and had lived his entire life in the Lisbon area.
Dean worked as an electrician at the former E.W. Bliss Company for more than 30 years, retiring in 1994. In his retirement, he worked for more than 17 years as a funeral assistant at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home.
He was an active member of the Lisbon First United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and usher. Dean was also a member of the Church Council and drove the van for the Food Pantry.
Mr. Berry was also active in the community as a member of the Lisbon Ruritan Club.
Mr. Berry also proudly served our country as a member of the U. S. Army during peacetime.
Dean was an avid gardener and a general all-around handyman, who could create almost anything out of practically nothing. His laid back style and genuine friendliness will certainly be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years, Jo Anne (Smith) Berry, whom he married April 14, 1961; daughter, Kella J. (Gary) Haren of Lisbon; sons, Steve (Holli) Berry of Dublin, Ohio and Tom (Patty) Watson of East Liverpool; brother, Donald L. (Mary) Berry of North Lima; grandchildren, Justin, Matt, Nate, Josh, Brooke, Ben, Patrick, Sara, Blake and Boston; and 7 great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by his brother, James M. Berry, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Lisbon First United Methodist Church, 114 East Washington Street, with the Rev. Pamela Gable officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Lisbon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 pm to 5pm, Sunday at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home and from 10 am until the time of services Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lisbon First United Methodist Church or to the Lisbon Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 288, Lisbon, Ohio 44432.
Friends may also view Dean's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com