Services for Ronald Berry, 89, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Leon Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Clark officiating, assisted by Sergeant Darrell Holland. Interment will follow in Leon Cemetery under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marietta.


Services for Ronald Berry, 89, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Leon Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Clark officiating, assisted by Sergeant Darrell Holland. Interment will follow in Leon Cemetery under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marietta.


Born Nov. 29, 1918, in Briton, Conn. to Arthur and Mamie Jewel Berry, he passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, in Mercy Health Love County, Marietta. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Earl and Norman; and three sisters, Mildred, Hazel and Madeline.


He and Maggie Bernice Holland were married in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1962. A resident of the Falconhead community for the past 28 years, he had previously made his home in Visalia, Calif. where he was employed at the Knudsen Cottage Cheese Creamery.


A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from November 1941 to October 1945. While in service, he was a sharpshooter on guard patrol, serving with the 564th Signal Air Warning Battalion. He participated in battles in Rome, Central Europe, Rhineland, Southern and Northern France and was awarded numerous medals including the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Arrowhead.


His hobbies included eating out, playing dominoes, mowing the lawn and traveling. As a young man he liked to go hunting. He was of the Baptist faith.


Survivors include his wife, of the home in Falconhead; three sons, Norman Berry and wife, Rosalie, and Martin Berry, all of Bakersfield, Calif.; and Jim Johnson, of Burneyville; a daughter, Ronna Ehly, of Bakersfield; six grandchildren, Kimberly, Timothy, David, Janeen, Cindy and Dustin; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Bearers will be Jeff Parrish, Christopher Holland, Terry Baker, Lance Parker, Donnie Hurst and Barry Hurst. Honorary bearers will be Greg Parker, Daniel Parker, Gabe Parker, Blake Holland, Jacob Holland, Dr. Tom O’Connor, nurses and staff of Mercy Health Love County and the staff of Cross Timbers Hospice and Mercy Home Health.


Family visitation is from 7-8 p.m. tonight in the funeral home.


Online guest book may be signed at www.wattsfuneralhome.com