BYRON – Allen A. Barry, 90, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Serenity Hospice & Home near Oregon.
He was born Jan. 26, 1923, near Byron, on the Barry family homestead, the son to William S. and Minnie (Allen) Barry. He spent his whole life being raised and working at the family homestead. He married Perene Palmer on July 24, 1946, in Oregon. She preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 2002. He then married Marian Blumeyer on Aug. 18, 2004, in Oregon. He was welcomed into a loving, caring family that made him very happy, including Marian’s children, Dixie (Terry) Hurless of Chandler, Ariz., Francis “Butch” (Bonnie) Blumeyer of Oregon, and Ronald (Angie) Blumeyer of Mount Morris; and by Marian’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Allen owned and operated Barry’s livestock sale barn in Byron and then in Pecatonica. He was a livestock cattle dealer for more than 70 years.
He is survived by his wife, Marian; daughter, Margo (Marvin) Engelkes of Stillman Valley; two grandsons, Barry (Kristy) Engelkes of Eldridge, Iowa, and Gene (Molly) Engelkes of Davis Junction; six great-grandchildren, Chloe, Eli, Caleb, Connor, Dalton, and Carson; a son, Tim Barry of Oklahoma; a granddaughter, Cara Brewer; a grandson, Colton Barry; two great-grandsons; and a sister, Margaret (Carl) Klossner of Sun City, Ariz.
The family would especially like to thank all his very special friends at the Sunrise restaurant; your care and friendship has meant so much. Also, a special thanks to Keith and Ginger Willing. You not only were a valued employee for 28 years, you were a true friend. Allen could not have done it without you.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Paynes Point, with the Rev. Andrew Kayes, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Byron Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established for Serenity Hospice & Home.
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