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Published December 20, 2012, 12:00 AM

Joseph (Ike) Berry

Due to an unexpected illness we have lost to death one of our finest.

Joseph (Ike) Berry age 90 from White Earth Minnesota passed away peacefully with family and an incredible health staff by his side at the Mahnomen Healthcare facility on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

Joseph (Ike) Berry

Due to an unexpected illness we have lost to death one of our finest.

Joseph (Ike) Berry age 90 from White Earth Minnesota passed away peacefully with family and an incredible health staff by his side at the Mahnomen Healthcare facility on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

Joseph was born On December 17, 1922 to Myron and Louisa (Fairbanks) Berry in White Earth, Minnesota.

His last days were not alone. Family from across the states flew in to be by his side. He enjoyed their visits so much that regardless of the discomfort he was in, he joked with them, turning their tears into laughter.

Joe was known and loved by everyone who had the honor of meeting him. He was recently featured in the Detroit Lakes Record for his revisit to the Queen Mary on which he served in the Navy during WW2.

Joe’s family lineage on the White Earth Reservation reaches back to the early 1800’s.

He attended Flandreau Vocational Indian School from 1938 to 1941. He served as freshman class president in 1938 and in 1941 student body president. He earned 6 trophies for his athletic abilities.

In 1943 he married Gloria Marie Berry and soon after enlisted in the United States Navy.

Joe was known for his work ethic and generosity. He spent the majority of his free time assisting others.

He and Gloria lived many of their years in Breckenridge, MN, while working at the Wahpeton Indian School, where Joe was a maintenance worker.

They both retired to the White Earth Indian Reservation to live their final years together.

He is proceeded in death by his life long love and cherished wife Gloria Marie Berry, his sister Grace (Berry) Viznor, his father Myron Osborne (Dago) Berry and his mother Louisa Lena Berry for whom he had great affection.

He is survived by his brother Kenneth Berry, sister Fanchon (Berry) Maddux, two daughters JoAnn (Berry) Teiken, Christine (Berry) Wolf and six grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren.

The Berry Family would like to Acknowledge and Thank You for the many phone calls, cards, gifts, and visits that we received, at the passing of Gloria. Also for the Love shown to us by those who were able to attend the visitations.

Due to the close proximity of their deaths, the family will not be holding a public service or reception. Cards and letters will be received in care of David-Donehower Funeral Home, 609 Hwy 10 E. Detroit Lakes, MN. 56501. Online tributes may be shared at www.daviddonehower.com.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.

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