• November 23, 2014

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Mike H. Berry

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Funeral services for Chief Warrant Officer-4 Mike H. Berry, of Belton, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights, with the Rev. Robert Whitefield of 3C Cowboy Church in Salado officiating.

Mr. Berry died May 15, 2013, at his home in Belton. He was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Topeka, Kan., to Charles Henry Berry and Alma C. Berry (Hacker) along with three siblings, Don, Peggy, and Joyce.

On May 25, 1951, he married Evelyn Jean Redmond and together they had three children: Mike, Bart and Mika Berry.

On Aug. 17, 1973, Mike was remarried to his current wife, Itha Lynne Deorsam, and became a dad to James Randall Berry.

He served in the U.S. Army from November 1949 until he retired at Fort Hood in November 1975 as a chief warrant officer-4 and worked civil service as a III Corps safety officer until his retirement in 1993 as a GS11. He was USAR AVN and was honored with the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Arm Commendation Medal and Mason’s award 32nd degree Mason. His last overseas service was Vietnam. He was a very honorable man who stood proud of his military career, his country and those he served with well beyond his retirement.

Mr. Berry was passionate about his family, friends, and enjoyed life on the M&L ranch in Belton, where he and wife, Lynne, started a horse farm more than 30 years ago. Together they worked with the local 4-H, and Mike was president of the Mid-Tex Quarter Horse Breeders Association for 10 years. He loved riding his John Deer tractor, with a cold beer at his side working the local hay fields, which many friends will remember.

Our beloved Mike H. Berry will be dearly missed by all, but he will always carry on in our hearts, our memories and in the stories to our future family of this great man whom we all admired and loved.

Survivors include his wife, Itha Lynne Berry; sons, Bo, Bart and Randy Berry; daughter, Mika Killion; grandchildren, Mike P. Berry Jr., Katie Palmer, Meagan Berry, Garrett Berry, Amanda Riddle, Noah and Nathan Killion, Robin Metts, Kayla Berry, Brandon Cope, James D. Berry, Dane and Gage Berry, and Ely, JD and Josephine Riddle.

Memorials may be made to the Texas FFA Foundation, 614 E. 12th St., Austin, TX 78701 or go to www.texasffafoundation.org in honor of his name.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights, which is in charge of arrangements.

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