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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Michael Barry

Michael Ray Barry

Thursday, September 11th, 1952 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Michael R. Barry, 68. of Marcus, Iowa passed away while watching the sunrise on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen, Iowa. Masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow at the Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The family will be present to greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday.

Michael Ray Barry was born on September 11, 1952 in Le Mars, Iowa to John and Viola (Ihms) Barry. He was raised on the Barry Century Farm near Marcus and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Remsen, Iowa in 1971. After graduation, Mike attended Iowa State University where he majored in agriculture. He later received his associate’s degree from Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa. He returned to the Marcus area to farm with his family.
On July 9, 1977, Mike and Caryn Miller were united in marriage at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, Iowa. Mike worked as a line mechanic at Wells Dairy in Le Mars, Iowa. He also operated Barry Electric. For many years, Mike drove a school bus and served as the transportation director at Marcus –Meriden-Cleghorn Schools.
Mike was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Remsen and served on church council. He was also a member of the Siouxland Beekeeper’s Association and the Sioux City Railroad Museum. He was very mechanical and enjoyed working on machinery and tractors. Mike always seemed to have a project in the works which included working on the acreage and wine making. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and giving tractor rides. He had become an avid bird watcher.
Grateful to have shared his life is his wife of 43 years, Caryn Barry of Marcus, IA; three daughters, Megan Henneberg of Clarksville, TN, Kristen Edwards and her husband, Luke of Pierre, SD, and Nicole Cave and her husband, Justin of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren, Matthew Barry Edwards, Abigail Mae Edwards, Michael Robert Cave and Carson Ray Cave; two brothers and their wives, Jerry and Mary Barry of Owatonna, MN and Jim and Nancy Barry of Lansing, IA; a sister-in-law, Cindy Barry of Holstein, IA; his in-laws, Marv and Marilyn Ekeren of Yankton, SD, Phil and Judy Letsche of Marcus, IA and Jim and Sandi Miller of Jefferson, SD, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, James Henneberg; and his twin brother, Doug Barry.

Arrangements by Earnest – Johnson Funeral Home
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, November 1st, 2020 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Paul Lutheran Church
    423 S. Washington St.
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    The family will be present to greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday.
  • Service

    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 10:30am
    St. Paul Lutheran Church
    423 S. Washington St.
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    Rev. Alan Cummins
  • Interment

    Marcus Amherst Cemetery
    E. Highland Drive
    MARCUS, IA 51035
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Posted at 06:08pm
Caryn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My Dad (Jeff Jonas) and Mike went to school together. I have vivid memories of coming to visit and seeing Dad and Mike share stories resulting in so much laughter that there were tears. I remember on the drive home one time Mom and Dad were talking about how time got away from them (as it was so late or earlier depending on how you look at it), but we all had so much fun.

Thats how I remember Mike, he was a kind soul and he will be missed.

Jack Ginter

Posted at 11:30am
I worked with Mike for about 14 years, Great Guy to work with! Almost always had a smile on. (He had to work with Me) It'd was good working with him. Sorry for your loss. Every time I hear of cougar sighting or a big snowstorm I thing of Mikes updates!!

Jack Ginter

Barb & Jerry Ahrens

Posted at 02:27am
My husband worked maintenance with Mike and I worked production at Wells. Mike always had a friendly smile and an uplifting attitude. He was a joy to be around. We are so sorry for your loss. Hold on to every beautiful memory.

John Steven

Posted at 12:36pm
Was a very kind friend when I used to go to Saint Paul Lutheran and rims and. Making rest in peace.

Lynette Kukla

Posted at 12:54pm
Mike always had a story to tell. He had a great gift in that he could always make you laugh, and he wasn’t afraid to laugh at himself also. My mom and dad always loved it when you would stop in and visit them when you were in the area, it made their day. I know that this is a very difficult time for all of you. When you think of him you may have a tear in your eye , but also have a smile on your face for all the wonderful memories you have of him.

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