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Arlo Junior Berry, 70

Arlo Junior Berry was born to Arlo and Midge Pool Berry at Trail, Mo., on April 12, 1942. Junior left us on April 16, 2012 at the age of 70.

Junior attended school at Silver Shade and Dora. Junior was employed in Ohio and Davenport, Iowa, for several years. He moved back to Missouri and logged until health issues forced him to give up the profession he loved.

Junior loved to socialize. If he was at a gathering and wasn’t acquainted with you when he arrived, he would be before he left. He never met a stranger. Junior was passionate about attending family gatherings, school reunions or just meeting a friend on a country road for an extended visit.

Family and friends were his top priority in life. His giving heart will be one of his many qualities that will always be remembered.

Junior loved to hunt and fish. Spring turkey season was his favorite, but a good rabbit race came in a close second. Fishing, his other passion, was coordinated by what was biting, grabbing or gigging. Junior spent many nights crappie fishing with his cousin, Don Berry and special friend, Darin Stone.

Junior is survived by his wife, Karee Berry, of Wasola, Mo.; daughters, Vickie and Terry Bledsoe, of Drury, Mo., and Mary Berry and fiancé, Levi Hutchison of Ava, Mo.; grandson, Jason and Charity Bledsoe of Dora, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Kaylin and Gage Bledsoe of Dora, Mo.; a sister, Sandra and Kevin Rackley, of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; father-in-law, Jack Thorne, of Wasola, Mo.; sister-in-law, Virginia Berry of West Plains, Mo.; brothers-in-law, Scott Thorne of Carbondale, Ill., and Walter and Teresa Thorne, of Seymour, Mo., and a host of friends and relatives

Junior was preceded in death by his parents, Arlo and Midge Berry; brother, James Jay Berry, infant brother; and mother-in-law, Mary Thorne.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus, 807 N. Maine Suite 1, Mountain Grove, Mo. 65711 or the Eaton Cemetery.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, at the Eaton Cemetery with the Rev. David Dodson officiating.

Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirby andfamily.com.

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