Patrick James Barry, 84
Patrick James Barry, 84, of Bemidji, died Sunday, August 31, 2008 at the North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, September 4, 2008 at the St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji, MN with Father Anthony Fernando officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm with a family prayer service at 7:00 pm, and a rosary at 7:30 pm, on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at 4:00pm, Thursday, September 4, 2008, at the St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
He was born on January 3, 1924, in St. Paul, MN the son of John and Alice (Mee) Barry. He was raised and educated in St. Paul. After graduating high school, he joined the US Navy, he served in the South Pacific theatre during WWII. He worked for the St. Paul Fire Department after his discharge from the Navy. He married June M. Montgomery on July 31, 1948. In 1962 he moved his family to Thief River Falls, MN, where he took the job of State Fire Marshal. He served for 25 years until his retirement in 1987. He married Yvonne (Beliveau) Teeters on January 26, 1985, in Thief River Falls. He moved to Bemidji, MN in January 1985. He was a member of the Thief River Falls American Legion Post, and VFW. He was very involved, serving as a greeter, and usher, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, and later at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing, and boating. He was an avid Minnesota Twins and Notre Dame Football fan. He enjoyed travel, and was very proud of his Irish heritage. He was never a complainer, and he touched the many hearts of those who knew him. Anyone who met him remembers his smile, a quick wit that would catch many off guard. More than anything else he loved his family, and the time he spent with them.
He is survived by: wife, Yvonne Barry of Bemidji, MN, Sons, Dennis (Jean) Barry of Fergus Falls, MN John (Barb) Barry of Champlin, MN Jim (Becky) Barry of Thief River Falls, MN, Tom (Julie Hausmann) Barry of St. Cloud, MN Mike (Kathy) Barry of Thief River Falls, Daughters, Patty Barry of Thief River Falls, Key Teeters (Ken) Asp of Thief River Falls, Kaydee (Russ) Tuff of Naples, Florida, Kathy (Gerry) Sunsdahl of Thief River Falls Konnie (John) Thomas of Gilroy, CA, Georgia (Kevin) Church of Bemidji, MN, Kelly (Greg Mohrbacher) Barry of Thief River Falls, Brother-in-law, Wes (Bev) Montgomery of Maplewood, MN, Cousin, Mary Mee of Arden Hills, MN 30 Grandchildren, 16 Great-Grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, wife June M. Barry, and sister Kathleen Marie Honsa.
Active Casketbearers will be: Skinny Mohler, Del Borgstrom, Kevin Church, David Barry, Brian Barry, Patrick J. Barry, Tim Barry, Patrick M. Barry, Erick Peterson, Dillon Barry, Eric Asp, Kyle Thomas, Riley Tuff, Allyn Tuff, Chuck Honer, Chad Honer, and Jared Sunsdahl.
Honorary Casketbearers will be: Paula Barry, Jenny Saustad, Kristin Saustad-Bittner, Becky Jo Baker, Ali Honer, Ellie Hausmann, Megan Barry, Michaela Peterson, Abby Barry, Yvonne Grahn, Mallory Asp, Kayla Church, Payton Church, Kassi Swalbosky, Heather Sunsdahl, and Allison Sunsdahl.
Memorials are preferred to the North Country Regional Hospital Auxiliary.