|Birth: ||May 29, 1909|
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 2008|
Aloys H. "Buck" Barry, 99, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 1, 2008, at VIP Manor in Wood River.
Born May 29, 1909, in Hardin, he was the third son of James and Anna Barry.
He married the former Mildred Surgeon in Beardstown in 1937. Together they raised their three boys on their farm on Franklin Hill. They were married for more than 60 years until Mildred passed away at the end of 1997.
Buck Barry was a farmer, a soldier and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he left Calhoun County in 1943 to fight with General MacArthur in the Pacific Theater, primarily in the Philippines, and he did not return until after the war was over, in November 1945. After he returned from the war, he grew corn, apples and peaches and raised cattle and hogs for more than 50 years on his farm north of Batchtown. Before the war, he worked up and down the Illinois River for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and helped construct the Joe Page Bridge in Hardin.
Buck's father ran Barry Landing, a boat landing in Hardin where the Jersey County Grain Company elevator now stands. At Barry Landing, Buck's father shipped thousands of barrels of apples up and down the Illinois River, south to St. Louis and north to Peoria. He was the grandson of Dr. Peter C. Barry, an Irish immigrant who, while on a steamboat from St. Louis to Peoria, where he intended to start a practice, was persuaded to stay in Hardin because Calhoun County needed a physician. Dr. Barry never made it to Peoria. He later served Calhoun County in the state legislature and founded the Calhoun Herald newspaper. He was treasurer of the National Farmers Organization.
Surviving are his three sons, Charles "Kent" Barry of Wood River, Richard "Kite" Barry of Phoenix and Michael O. Barry of Rowlett, Texas; five grandchildren, Kyle, Kristen, Stacy, Ross and Candice; six great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Emmy, Matthew, Molly, Anika and Emma; his younger sister, Genevieve Rogers of Springfield; and numerous nephews and nieces.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Robert, William and Jack; and three sisters, Leola, Dorothy and Maurine.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Hanks-Gress Funeral Home in Hardin, where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5. The Rev. Paul D. Frazier will officiate.
Burial with full military rites will be at St. Norbert's Cemetery in Hardin.
James Otis Barry (1873 - 1929)
Anna Sarah Narup Barry (1879 - 1971)
Mildred L. Surgeon Barry (1908 - 1997)*
Robert Edward Barry (1903 - 1977)*
William Charles Barry (1905 - 1978)*
Leola Barry Gibbs (1906 - 1995)*
Aloys H. Barry (1909 - 2008)
Maurine B. Barry (1910 - 2002)*
Dorothy Julia Barry Baumann (1914 - 1994)*
James Otis Barry (1916 - 1916)*
Genevieve M Barry Rogers (1918 - 2011)*
Saint Norberts Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 02, 2008
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