Hillard John Berry

December 15, 1934 ‒ February 13, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Hillard John Berry, age 85 of Sunbury, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Mt. Carmel East Medical Center with his loving family at his side.

John was born December 15, 1934 in Milburn, West Virginia to the late Fred and Arretta (Foster) Berry.  He retired from Columbus Coated Fabrics where he worked as a machine operator. He attended the Sunbury Nazarene Church.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Kathleen F. (Love) Berry; brothers, Donald, Fred Jr. and Bill Berry; step-brother, Donald Thurman.

John is survived by his second wife Ila A. (Hoy) Conley Berry; children, Fred E. Berry of Buckeye Lake, Joretta (Joe) Hanlon of Columbus, Laura (Brett) Forman of Sunbury; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Geraldine Berry, and Jackie Defenbach.

Friends may call 12 Noon to 2 PM on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury, where Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM.  Dr. Gordon Myers officiating.  Interment Sunbury Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct., Hilliard, OH 43026 in John’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Berry family.  Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • I love John! What a wonderful and giving person. So enjoyed talking with him from gardening to country living to his wife Ila! I will greatly miss seeing him sitting outside in his chair or mowing his grass.
    God is so good putting people like John in our lives.
    I have been blessed.

  • So sorry to hear of this loss to the family. Remember God is good he allowed John to walk among us and he was a loving husband and father.

    Steve and Deb Morgenstern

  • We enjoyed getting to know John. He was always happy to talk to us and he enjoyed seeing our grandkids. John kept his yard beautiful! John was a good man and we will miss him!
    Penny and Dave Magee, neighbors

  • so sorry for your loss.he was such a nice man.will sadly be missed.sending hugs and love to you and your family..

  • Ila my heart is so sad over are loss of John. I know John is dancing in heaven with the angles. He was so loving and filled all our hearts with love and happiness. Who will say hi old lady no one but my stuff muffin. I love John until we meet again.

  • To our sweet Ila. So sorry for your loss but so glad he brought happiness to your life. May God’s loving arms bless you now.

  • John was a kind, caring, helpful neighbor. Ila, we are sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Julie Crooks
    The late Kevin Bahl & family

  • Ila, deeply saddened to hear about John ‘s passing. I only met him once and was so impressed with his kindness and friendliness. He was so proud of his yard. He will be missed.

  • Ila,
    Bette and I send our heartfelt condolences. You are much loved in the Big Walnut community and John left a very positive legacy. God bless you and your family. You all have been a blessing to us.

  • Ila, so sad to hear you lost your husband. You are in my prayers. I didn’t know him, but have enjoyed getting to know you.

  • So sorry to learn of John’s passing. You have endured many family losses. Now John will be remembered for the good father and husband you enjoyed. Prayers to all.

  • Dear Ila and family, We are so sorry to hear this news. John was a very sweet, friendly, compassionate friend. We are keeping your entire family in our thoughts and prayers today and the days to come. Ila, please do not hesitate to call me if you need me. I would love to help you if I can. God be with all of you and shine his grace upon you during this sad time. We love you, Keith and Jona Baer