Dr. Galen W. Berry, 58
Services for Dr. Galen Walter Berry, 58, of Sedona, Ariz., were held Thursday, July 3, 2008, through Greer's Mortuary in Sedona. Graveside services followed.
Berry died of a heart attack on Sunday, June 29, 2008, while on his regular Sunday morning bike ride with friends.
He was born on June 19, 1950, in Hoisington, Kan., to the late Lester Maxwell and Neva Ethel Grace Bridenstine Berry.
Raised on a wheat farm, he plowed fields, bucked bales and pumped gas with his brothers to help his parents put him through college. After graduating from high school in Russell, Kan., he earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master's degree in audiology from Kansas State University, then went on to earn a Ph.D. in speech and hearing science at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Berry moved to Wisconsin, teaching for a time at the UW-River Falls, then in 1982 opened his own business, Audiology Associates in River Falls. Most recently, he was a five-state regional sales manager for Oticon USA, a hearing aid manufacturer based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In River Falls, he was active in civic affairs and served as president of the River Falls Lions Club in 1989-1990. He was an active member of the Honeywell Ski Club, the local sailing group, and was a hiking, backpacking and biking enthusiast.
Berry moved to Sedona in 2006, purchasing the Sedona Hearing Center. He was co-founder and director of Camp Casey, the Sedona Way, part of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association. He was a member of the Sedona Lions Club, vice-president of the Sedona Referral Group, and a member of the Horizon Ski Club.
Survivors include his mother, Neva Berry of Norman, Okla.; brother and sister-in-law Stuart and Pauline Berry of Talala, Okla., brother and sister-in-law David and Martha Berry of Tyler, Texas; sister, Maryl Berry of Prairie Village, Kan., and sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Jim Pennington of Norman, Okla.; four nephews; two nieces; and numerous cousins.
Also surviving is his beloved companion, Jana Curtis of Sedona; her children: Chase Kohler, Katelyn Kohler and Casey Kohler; and the children he helped raise from a previous marriage to Jody Berry, Stephanie Johnson and her son Roshaun, Nathanial Johnson, Raeanna Johnson and Levi Johnson.
In his memory, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To sign his online guest book, please visit www.legacy.com.