RONALD J. BARRY
Ronald Jay Barry, age 69, of rural Canton, MO, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home.
He was born at home near Kahoka, MO, on July 16, 1939, one of thirteen children and a twin, born to Harold and Marguerite Parsons Barry.
On November 13, 1960, he was united in marriage to Nancy Horner at the Bluff Springs United Methodist Church, rural Canton, MO.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of Canton, MO; his mother-in-law, Betty Horner also of Canton; a son, Jay Barry and a daughter, Debbie and Darrell Winters, all of Canton; four grandchildren: DeAnn and Pat McNally of Keokuk, IA, and Darin Winters, Jackson and Matthew Barry, all of Canton; two great-granddaughters, Kiersten and Kiera McNally; twelve brothers and sisters: Margaret and Max Byers of Kahoka, Betty and Tom Logsdon of Kahoka, Dean and Jan Barry of Clark, MO, Arthur and Marilyn Barry of Titusville, FL, his twin, Donnie and Janice Barry of Wayland, Floyd and April Barry of Canton, Vernon and Carol Barry of Davenport, IA, Dorothy and Dean Hunziker of Kahoka, John and Sharon Barry of Keokuk, Barbara and Wesley Parrish of Kahoka, Connie and Gary Watson of Fredericktown, MO, and Patricia and Bob Higgins of Broken Arrow, OK; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Linda Horner and Carolyn and Kenny Collins of Canton; as well as nieces and nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Marion Horner; a brother, David Harold Barry in December of 1948; three brothers-in-law: Ralph Ludwig, Dewey Soper and Donald Lunt; and a sister-in-law, Carol Barry.
Ronnie graduated from Kahoka High School in 1957. He attended every class reunion and
kept many close relationships with his graduating class. He was an over-the-road truck driver all of his life and received several certificates for safety. After he retired from trucking it wasn't too long before he was ready to get back on the road and bought his own truck and drove until his health
forced him to retire again. He enjoyed retirement this time, spending time on his 4-wheeler, checking on livestock and the farm and helping Jay. He also enjoyed his morning visits at the coffee shop in Wayland and visiting with his friends there.
Family was the most important thing in Ronnie's life. He came from a large family and kept a close relationship with his siblings and their children and grandchildren. He was a devoted father and grandfather and would have Nancy cook extra so the kids and grandkids could come eat with them several times a week and stay and play a game of cards. He also loved playing cards with extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 17, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Russell Branch officiating. Burial was in the Bluff Springs Cemetery.
Memorials were suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the Clark Co. Dollars for Scholars.