Harold "Hal" Orville Berry, age 80, was born July 4, 1933, in Detroit, MI, to Carl J. and Lucille (Speake) Berry. He passed away in the privacy of his home on September 28, 2013 in White Lake, MI. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 7 years, Lucille V. Berry, and sister, Mildred, who died in infancy. Beloved Husband of over 50 years to Sharon A. (Smolinski) Berry. Loving Father of Martin M. (Faye A. Johnson) Berry (White Lake, MI); dear grandfather of Joseph (Brooke) Plovie (White Lake, MI), Julie (Jose) Martinez (Andover, Kansas); great-grandfather of 5. Also survived by beloved sisters Shirley Lamb (Shelby, MI) and Dorothy L. Sieloff (Clarkston, MI).
Hal served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War where he studied electrical aeronautics. He was employed in the automotive industry in Michigan for forty years starting with Essex Wire and retiring from AFL, Alcoa Fujikuri as General Manager of Components. He was well respected in the industry.
He retired in 1995 to the Citrus Hills Community in Inverness, Florida from White Lake, Michigan. He resided in Florida in the winter and White Lake in the summer. Hal was an avid golfer and member of Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. He was a hobbyist specializing in model ship building and is considered a Master Model Ship Builder. He enjoyed sharing his talents with others. He wrote an autobiography of his early life, "A Fork in the Road." He is remembered for his keen memory and sense of humor, patience, but mostly for his gentle kindness.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 30, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Rd., White Lake. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. (In State 10:00 a.m.) at St. Patrick Parish, 9086 Hutchins, White Lake. Burial at White Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors.