VeteranBernard Derry

Bernard DerryBernard J. Derry, 79, of Hot Springs, Ark., formerly of Astoria, died at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital in Hot Springs.

He was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Woodland Township, Fulton County, a son of Newton and Pearl Gould Derry. He married Darlene Fisk on Sept. 14, 1947, in Astoria. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Dr. Greg (and Susan) of Canton; one daughter, Kathy (and Ron) Hayes of Morton; two sisters, Dorothy Brillhart of Astoria and Fern Conner of San Jose, Calif.; two stepsisters, Flossie Danner and Nelda Herriford, both of Macomb; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ben, Willis, Vernon, Otis and Donald Derry; one sister, Darlene Waggoner; and one stepbrother, Jack Parr.

He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater.

He farmed in the Fulton County area for many years, retired as a warehouse manager from Hobart Welders in East Peoria and worked in public relations and as a driver for New Concept Dental Lab in Canton for several years.

He was a member and former elder of Summum Christian Church.

Services were held Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Steve Castenada and Gary Sheets officiating. Burial was in Astoria Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army's South Fulton County Red Kettle Campaign.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/24/2005

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