Allen James Berry

Allen James Berry

Smith County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Jun 1968 (aged 66)
Aztec, San Juan County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 42309940 · View Source
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An apparent head on collision Friday night on U.S. Highway 550 about eight miles north of Aztec killed two men and resulted in serious injuries to a woman passenger. Dead was Alan James Berry, 64, of the Aztec Trading Post, the driver of one car and John Patrick Stefanik, 22, of Denver, Colo. the driver of the second car. Berry's wife, Mrs. Sue W. Berry, 54, was treated at San Juan Hospital for a fractured arm, ribs, lacerations and a possible head injury. She was listed in serious condition Saturday night. San Juan County Sheriff deputies who investigated the accident, which occurred about 9:20 p.m. Friday, said the car driven by Berry was heading south on U.S. 550 with the Stefanik car heading north. Reasons for the collision were not know but deputies were continuing to investigate. Stefanik is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Stefanik of Denver, two brothers and five sisters. Funeral services and burial will be in Denver. In addition to his wife, Berry is survived by a sister, Mrs. S.B. Shaw, Hico, Tex., and a foster son Wayne Russell, Tombstone, Ariz. Funeral services are pending from Cope Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Allen James Berry, 64, who was killed in a two - car collision Friday night north of Aztec, will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Cope Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lawrence Onan of Grand Junction, Colo., officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmount Cemetery, Durango, Colo. Pallbearers will be Leroy Atkinson, Bob Flynt, Tom Robards, Glen Skinner, Sonny Turpin, Seligonio Velasquez and William Bowman. Berry's wife, Mrs. Sue Berry, 54, was still listed in serious condition at San Juan Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Berry, who had owned and operated the Aztec Ruins Trading Post in Aztec, had also operated the Hermosa Cliffs Guest Ranch near Durango and at one time owned five trading posts on the Navajo Reservation. From 1927 to 1929 he worked as a construction engineer on the Hopi Tower Lookout Point of the Grand Canyon. Funeral services for the other crash victim, John Patrick Stefanik, 22, will be held at Boulevard Mortuary in Denver, Colo. Local arrangements were under the direction of Cope Memorial Chapel.

1st wife - Jessie Miller Roberts
2nd wife - Charlotte Marie Smith
3rd wife - Patricia
4th wife - Frances
5th wife - Sue Kuykendall

Allen and Sue had several trading posts, including Log Cabin Trading Post in Sanders, Arizona. At the time of Allen's death, he and Sue were on there way to their farm in Durango, Colorado.

1910 Census - Brown County, Texas living with his Step-Grandfather, Grandmother and sister.

1930 Census - Fort Reno Military and Indian Reserve, Canadian, Oklahoma. Single male

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Gravesite Details Originally buried in Durango, CO. When his wife (Sue) got out of the hospital his body was exumed, cremated and ashes scattered per his wishes.

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  • Added: 23 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42309940
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Allen James Berry (13 May 1902–7 Jun 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42309940, citing Greenmount Cemetery, Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Texas Roots (contributor 47162971) .