Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rex Allen Berry of Paloma

   Longtime Calaveras resident Rex Alton Berry died Thursday March 23, 2017. He was 61.

   Born in Palo Alto on November 1, 1955, Mr. Berry lived with his family in Fremont. As a young teenager, he suffered a serious life threatening illness and miraculously recovered.

   Thereafter, he spent a summer in Anchorage, Alaska with is Uncle Allen Berry, where he had the
adventure of a lifetime. His Boy Scout skills were put to good use.

   He and his family moved to Valley Springs (Paloma) in 1969.  In the mid-'70's he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he spent his time with his Uncles Frank and Jim Fitzgerald.  He married and his only child Rex Jr. was born.

   Mr. Berry had several jobs including delivery driver for a major distributor of soft drinks, collector of bee pollen for health products, metal refinisher, metal plater, and was a truck driver for a short time.

   Mr. Berry remarried and moved back to Calaveras County in 1979.  He enjoyed sharing his philosophies on life with his friends.

   He was happy whether with friends or alone.  He preferred the outdoors, lakes and boating.  He loved riding and working on motorcycles.

   He plated the metal components on one of his motorcycles in gold, which was featured in Easy Rider magazine.  Rex proudly participated in a motorcycle club that donated toys to children every Christmas for many years.

   He is survived by his ex-wife Elane Beal, son Rex (Kalyn) Berry, Jr, grandson Cody Lee Beal, great-granddaughter Zoey-Ann Nicole Beal, ex-wife Donita Thompson, stepson Sean McAlister, stepdaughter Jennifer Barberis, brother Jason Berry of San Andreas, sister Lorry (Lorraine) Weatherby of San Andreas, sister Jennifer Berry of San Andreas sister Lynne Calvert of Yelm, Washington, brother Carlton (Deme) Berry II of Elk Grove and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father Carlton Berry, mother Rita Berry and brother George Berry.

   Viewing begins at 2 PM Sunday March 26, 2017 at San Andreas Memorial Chapel, in San Andreas. A rosary will be recited at 4 PM at the chapel.  A memorial service will be announced soon.




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