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Rev. William K. Berry, 83, of Mifflintown, went home to be with the Lord at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at his home where he passed away peacefully.
He was a member of the Oakland Mills Evangelical Methodist Church. Bill was married to his late wife Marilyn for 56 years.

Bill is survived by his children; Elizabeth Melhorn and her husband Verlyn of Selinsgrove, William Berry II and his wife Sandra of Middleburg, John Berry and his wife Michelle of Mifflintown, Deborah Royer of Selinsgrove, 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Bill was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Altoona, Blair County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Berry and Irene (Lytle) Runk, his siblings, Dan, Jim, Albert, Luke, and Judith, all of Altoona, and a great-grandchild, Jacob Melhorn, of Selinsgrove.

Bill was a proud Army veteran having served during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956.

Bill was a faithful servant of Christ and dedicated his life to the ministry. In the early 70s, he was a leader in Community Action in Ashville, Pa.; owned and operated a transmission shop, was a truck driver, and worked in a foundry. He became a licensed nursing home administrator all while finishing his college education with a MBA and PhD. Bill and his wife Marilyn were willing to take risks through entrepreneur endeavors: Kleen Mist Car Wash, American Collision Service, and Berry's Personal Care Center.

Bill was revered in the community and many sought out his advice and counsel. He was caring, compassionate, generous, reliable, and a great problem solver. He was a proven leader and a faithful Sheppard in God's flock pastoring in Blandburg Brethern in Christ, Susquehanna Valley Brethren in Christ, and Mowersville Brethren in Christ. During his time in ministry, he served 28 years as the Treasurer of Camp Freedom in St. Petersburg, Fla. and at the time of death, he was serving as a trustee at his current church.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakland Mills Evangelical Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis L. Ritchey officiating, where the Juniata County Veteran's Council will accord full military burial honors. Interment will be in the Blair Memorial Park, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Rev. Berry's memory to the Oakland Mills Evangelical Methodist Church, 148 Leonard Lane, Oakland Mills, PA 17076.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.
Published on October 6, 2017
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