Harold J. Berry III, 59, of State Route 8, Moorehouse, died on March 15, 2011, at home surrounded by his family, following a long illness.
Harold was born in Little Falls on November 14, 1951, a son of Harold J. Berry Jr. and Delores (Gebo) Kretser, both of Ephratah. He graduated from Johnstown High School and entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971. Harold served during the Vietnam Era for four years and was honorably discharged in 1975 at the rank of sergeant. He and his fiancee, Amanda Seeley moved to the town of Morehouse in 1985 and served as caretakers of the Morehouse Lake Club for six years. They then moved to their current home on Route 8. Prior to his illness, Harold worked as a self-employed contractor in the Morehouse area.
He was a devoted member of the Morehouse Volunteer Fire Departmentm where he served as president for many years and was a trained first responder and interior firefighter. Harold was a charter member of the Morehouse Rod and Gun Club, where he presently serves on the Board of Directors and previously held the offices of president, secretary and treasurer. He was currently serving his 13th year as town councilman. Harold, along with his faithful dog, Trapper, was an avid outdoorsman and thoroughly enjoyed trapping and caring for his farm animals.
Survivors include: his devoted fiancee of 26 years, Amanda Seeley; his father, Harold of Ephratah; his mother, Delores Kretser and her husband, Gary, of Ephratah; two daughters, Tracy Dannible and her fiance, Jim Furman, of St. Johnsville and Melissa Berry of Ephratah; four stepdaughters, whom he considered is own, Jessica Crum and her husband, Robert, of St. Johnsville, Julie Crawford and her husband, Joseph of Verona and Jo-Ann Seeley, and her fiance, Jeremy Brown and Janet Bates and her husband, Joseph, all of Palatine Bridge; two brothers, James Berry and his wife, Valerie and Clayton Berry and his wife, Linda, all of Ephratah; ten grandchildren; two half-sisters, Tammy Schrom of Ephratah and Judy Telfer of Gloversville; one stepbrother, George Kretser and his wife, Lisa, of Ephratah; two stepsisters, Wendy Duesler and Sandy Ostrander, both of Ephratah; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at the Morehouse Recreation Center in the spring at a date to be announced. Interment will take place in Morehouse Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Marine Corps. There are no public calling hours.
Please consider memorials to the Morehouse Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 60, Hoffmeister, NY 13353.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport.
Online tributes at: www.autenrithfuneral.com.