Obit: Berdal, Barry E. (1948 – 2018)


Surnames: Berdal, Johnson, Calabria, Kenny

----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 18 Jul 2018

Berdal, Barry E. (28 SEP 1948 – AUG 2018)

Barry was born on September 28, 1948, in Stanley, WI to Edward and June (Johnson) Berdal. He grew up on the family farm east of Thorp.

Barry graduated from Thorp High School in 1966 and attended Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI. He worked for Thorp Finance in Thorp for four years and was later employed by several Wisconsin banks over 32 years as a loan officer and vice-president. Barry owned a busy
appraisal business for the past 16 years.

Barry was wed to his high school' sweetheart, Merry, for 49 wonderful years.

Barry was a community leader and led a life of special value, interests and achievements. He was a member of the Lions Club for 34 years, and was recently presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship award for dedicated humanitarian service. Barry had a kind and generous heart. In addition to raising their two beautiful daughters, he and Merry opened their home to 17 foster children and exchange students. Barry greatly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Barry also loved the outdoors. If he wasn't hunting turkey or deer, he was trap shooting. As a teenager, Barry played the bass guitar and sang with the Attila and the Huns who have a record in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The joy that Barry brought will be dearly missed by Merry: his two daughters: Natasha (Greg) Johnson, Gretchen Calabria: three grandchildren: Scout, Trey, and Justice; and four great-grandchildren: Harlow. Oliver, Sullivan and Lainey. Barry will also be missed by his sister, Kitty Kenny; his brothers: Randy (Judy), Roddy (Donna), and Dennis (Pam); and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Barry during his illness.

A memorial service for Barry will be held 1-riday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Crosswalk Community Church, 505 Old County Road W, Frederic, WI 54837. Barry's family will greet visitors beginning at 10 a.m. Please join the family for lunch and continued fellowship at the church following the service. Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is serving the family.



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