Brandon mourns the loss of Berry

BRANDON - Dudley Pearsall Berry, age 76, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Berry was born in Manhasset, N.Y. He was the son of George and Harriett (Pearsall) Berry. He moved with his family to Brandon in 1944 and was graduated from Brandon High School, Class of 1951.

Berry joined the U.S. Air Force and served in many duty stations all around the world. He retired in 1975 as a senior master sergeant following more than 23 years of active service. Among his numerous decorations is the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal.

Following his honorable discharge he returned to Brandon and worked for Bill Peck for a number of years. He served the Town of Brandon as the superintendent of the Brandon Water Department for more than 16 years, retiring in 1994. He afterwards worked for the Vermont inspecting water departments around the state. He had served on the Brandon Water District's Prudential Board for many years.

Berry belonged to the Neshobe Sportsman's Club and was a co-founder and promoter of the Basin Bluegrass Festival. He was a member and Past Commander of the Brandon American Legion Post 55 and had served as chaplain and other various post positions. He had served as a member of the Brandon Area Rescue Squad and the Brandon Fire Department for many years.

Surviving is his wife Linda Jean Berry of Brandon, sons Mark Dudley Berry of Knoxville, Tenn., Steven Matthew Berry of Brandon, Daniel George Berry of Whiting, one daughter Susan Kathleen Rogers of Goose Creek, S.C., 2 sisters Barbara Sanders of Valdosta, Ga., and Beverly Davies of Longwood, Fla., 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him. He was predeceased by the mother of his children Barbara "Bobbie" Berry on Dec. 15, 2004.

The funeral service was held Dec. 5 at the Brandon Congregational Church. A

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graveside committal service and burial, with military honors followed, at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory to, The Neshobe Sportsman's Club, P.O. Box 321, Brandon, or the Brandon Fire Department, 60 Franklin St. Brandon, or the Brandon Area Rescue Sq, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, or the Brandon American Legion, P.O. Box 25, Brandon 05733.

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