Bob Berry, 84, of Preston
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:00 AM
Robert Warren "Bob" Berry, 84, of Preston, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at the Harmony Community Healthcare after a one-month illness.
He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in St. Paul, the son of Lloyd G. and Margaret (Withee) Berry. He was a 1946 graduate of Preston High School and following graduation attended Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.
He worked for Preston Oil Products (P.O.P.), his father's business, until his induction into the armed services in 1951. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War until his discharge in 1953 when he returned to Preston to work at the P.O.P.
He married Jeanine Carol Hillestad of Lanesboro on May 16, 1953, in Lanesboro. The couple made their home in Preston where he eventually purchased the P.O.P. until selling the business in 1977.
Following the sale he work for Anderson Chevrolet, the Preston Liquor Store, Fillmore County Fairgrounds and "chauffeured" his wife around with her Avon products. He also volunteered with his wife at the Fillmore County Historical Society in Fountain.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, family, travel trips, model railroading, tinkering in his garage and spending time with his grandchildren and many pets. He could also be seen cruising the streets of Preston in his golf cart.
He is survived by two sons, Mark (Nancy) Berry and Steve Berry, all of Preston; two grandchildren, Mitchel (Brayonna) Berry of Chatfield and Mara Berry of Preston; one great-granddaughter, Paisley Jo of Chatfield; many nieces and nephews from the Jones and Decker families; and extended family members, Dave and Chess Johnson of Pine Island, Bruce and Laurie Horner of Inver Grove Heights, Andy and Maggie Walsh of Preston and Brian Vicklun of Preston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Jean; and his sister, Louise Decker.
A prayer service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston with the Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from noon until the time of service.
Online condolences can be made at thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.