Jerrel D. Berry, of Yampa, passed away at his home on Oct. 13, 2008. He was 77.
He was born in Lincoln, Ark., on Jan. 22, 1931. His family lived in Stone County, Ark., until 1943, when they moved to Yampa. He graduated from Yampa Union High School in 1949.
He lost his right arm in a sawmill accident while working on Labor Day when he was 19. After recovering, he attended pharmacy school at the University of Colorado and worked in the summers for Jim Metziner in his pharmacy in Oak Creek. Realizing he would be working inside the rest of his life, and being an outdoor person, he left school, took an ICS course in drafting and engineering, and he obtained a job as a surveyor for the Colorado Department of Highways, where he worked until 1967.
He married Deanna Johnson in 1960. To this union, three children were born: Eric Berry, of Yampa, Tonna Stewart, of Greeley, and Belinda Rossi, of Yampa.
After leaving the Highway Department, he ranched in North Park on the Johnson Ranch at Coalmont for five years. The ranch was sold in 1972, and he took his family to Missouri. He was there for five years before coming back to Yampa. He worked on the YamColo Reservoir construction project and another reservoir job in McCoy before deciding to retire. He spent his retirement years enjoying hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Winters were spent enjoying lots of sports on TV.
He is survived his wife Deanna; son Eric Berry; daughters Tonna Stewart and Belinda Rossi; four grandchildren, Benjamin, Eli and Lily Stewart, and Olivia Rossi; sister Martha Snowden; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Yampa. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be sent to Grant Mortuary. The monies will be given to mission organizations in Jerrel's name.