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Michael L. Berry
Michael L. BerryFlagMichael L. Berry, 71, of Marion Ohio and Peoria Arizona, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family in Peoria AZ on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Mike was born on November 3, 1948 in Kenton to Carl and Mary (Mathena) Berry. He grew up in LaRue and attended Elgin Schools. He graduated with the class of 1966 from Elgin High School. Following graduation, he entered the US Air Force in April 1967. He retired May 1, 1987 as CMSGT after 20 years of service.

Following USAF retirement, he went to work at Lockheed-Martin Corp. for 17 years before retiring from there. Mike married Sok Im Yi on Jan 9, 1991 in Seoul Korea.

He loved to travel, visiting 43 states and 43 countries, many through his years in the AF and working at Lockheed–Martin. When he wasn’t traveling on business, he was traveling with his wife and best friends, Clint and Monna Born. He enjoyed winters in Arizona where he could ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. Mike was very handy with home repairs and anything he put his mind to. Golf and skiing were his passions in life as well as his wife and family. Clint also was his golfing buddy.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Carl in 1974, mother, Mary Beckel in 2019, stepfather Robert (Bob) Beckel and brother, William (Bill) Berry, both in 2004.

Mike is survived by his wife, Sok Im; sons, Travis (Michelle Alonso) of Texas and Ryan (Renea)
Berry of New York; and 12 grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother Rick (Debi) Berry of LaRue and nieces, nephews, and cousins, and very dear friends, Clint and Monna Born. His graduating class of 1966 was a very tight knit group with many dear friends in the group.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their loving care of Mike and the
family the past week and also the ALS Clinics in Scottsdale AZ and Columbus.

There will be a Celebration of Mike’s life at a later date in Marion.

Donations may be made to the VA ALS Clinic, 3621 N. Wells Fargo Ave., Scottsdale AZ 85251

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Marty (Gray) Kirchner
Chapel Hill, NC
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 12:59 PM

So saddened by Mike's passing.  I enjoyed catching up with him at our 50th high school reunion.  ALS is such a nasty disease.  I am so sorry he suffered with it.  Wishing his family wonderful memories of their years together.

Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:48 PM


#3 from: Ed Heller
Fort Wayne, IN
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 2:06 PM

Mike will be deeply missed.  We were good friends since childhood.  Enjoyed swapping Air Force and work stories over the past few years; and our Ice Cream get togethers.  My deepest sympathies to the family.

#4 from: Linda Boles
Long Island
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 3:23 PM

Rick and Debi.   My deepest sympathy for the loss of Mike.  Prayers for both of you and all the family.

#5 from: Clint Born
Senecaville, Ohio
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 3:37 PM

We had the best times golfing, skiing, vacationing, and hanging out! You will be missed gravely! RIP my dearest frien!

#6 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 4:27 PM

SoKim & family - Thank you for care for my dear friend. Mike was a special friend and will never be forgotten.  Many happy memories of the two of you.  Prayers
Becky Jacobs Rynders
Elgin Class of '66

#7 from: Pat Burk
Marion Oh
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 5:07 PM

So sorry to hear of Mike passing we all grew up in LaRue together R.I.P MY FRIEND

#8 from: Paul McMahan
Pueblo Colorado
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 6:14 PM

Mike and I were playmates as little boys in the 1950s. I remember him being very active in the Boy Scouts. He earned a lot of merit badges and became an Eagle Scout. I remember helping him sometimes with his paper route. And we were in band together in high school. He was a wonderful role model for his children and grand children. I’m sure they will honor his memory. I wish we could have reacquainted sooner. Would loved to have played a round of golf and skied with him. I will always remember our time as childhood friends. All my love to his family. God be with you in these times.

#9 from: Sherry Bowen Bargar
Marion, OH
Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 11:37 PM

They don’t come any better than Mike. He was a great guy. I’m glad so many of us in the Class of ‘66 got to enjoy time with him. We will surely miss you, Mike. God speed.

#10 from: Russ & Judy Dennis
Marion OH 43302
Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 6:52 AM

Our sympathies to Sok Im, Mike’s loved ones and the Borns. He was a good man. So happy we got to connect with him the past few years as Class of 1966 members are very close. We will miss him until we all meet again at the Class Reunion in the Sky.

#11 from: Russ & Judy Dennis
Marion OH 43302
Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 7:01 AM

Our sympathies to Sok Im, his loved ones and the Borns. Mike was a good man. So happy to have connected with him the past few years. The Class of 1966 is very close. We will miss him until we all meet again at the Class Reunion in the Sky.

#12 from: Monna Born
scottsdale Az
Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 10:34 PM

I will never forget our vacations, reunions and visits with Mike. We had such good times. He was funny, kind and giving. God Bless You Mike Berry

#13 from: Rita Berry Hunter
Sanford, NC
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 12:19 AM

There are times when there are no words rich enough, when the memories of a family childhood carried through the decades are so very fragile and when to receive the word of this loss is so very sad.  With the deepest love, respect, sympathy and prayers for you all. Rita and all her family

#14 from: Diana Browning
Anaheim, California
Sat, Mar 7, 2020 at 3:53 PM

Condolences on your tragic loss.  Mike was a fellow classmate at Elgin.  I have not seen him for years but remember that he was always a very nice person.  

#15 from: Joseph Derringer
Bullhead City, AZ.
Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 6:52 PM

My condolences to the family.

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