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Richard Lee Berry

July 28, 1942 ~ May 7, 2021 (age 78)


Dr. Richard Lee Berry, age 77, resident of Columbus, died Friday, May 7, 2021 in his home. 

Born July 28, 1942, in Shelby to Dorwin James and Norma Clare (Laux) Berry, he had been a Shelby resident, moving to Columbus in 1966.  He was a 1960 graduate of Shelby High School, and the University of Notre Dame with a B.S.  Richard then attended Tulane University graduating with a M.S. in Parasitology and later received his  P.H.D. in Entomology from the Ohio State University.  Mr. Berry was employed with the Ohio Department of Health for 32 years, where he was the chief of the Vector-Borne Disease Program.  A member of St. Timothy Parrish in Columbus, he enjoyed insect studies, fishing and traveling.

Survivors include; his wife of 56 years, Constance A. (Horner) Berry whom he wed August 29, 1964; two sons, Richard Everett (Ellen) Berry of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland and Craig Thomas (Terri) Berry of Columbus; one grandson, Nicholas Berry of Chesapeake Beach Maryland; two brothers, James Berry of Palm Springs, California and William Berry of South Bend, Indiana; one sister, Sister Ruth Ann Berry of Goiania, Brazil; nieces, nephews and other relatives.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Dorwin Berry, Jr. and one sister Jeanne Berry.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 29 West St, Shelby, OH 44875 at 1:00 PM Saturday, June 5, 2021. Father Chris Mileski officiating.

Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby is honored to assist the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mid Ohio Food Bank at 3960 Brookham Dr, Grove City, OH 43123, Habitat for Humanity at 88 E Broad St Suite 1800, Columbus, OH 43215, St. Joseph's Indian School at PO Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326 or the Salesian Missions at 2 Le Fevres Ln, New Rochelle, NY 10801. 

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Funeral Mass
June 5, 2021

1:00 PM
Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church (Shelby)

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