Russell Barry, 56, of Emden passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
Russell Dean Barry was born on January 12, 1961, in Emden, Illinois, the son of Allen and Lula Belle (Conrady) Barry.
Russell attended Emden Grade School and was a member of Hartsburg-Emden High School’s Class of 1979. Russell was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Sons of the American Legion, Post 506, Emden, IL. Throughout his working life, he drove a semi-truck, both cross-country and locally. He also worked construction and helped on the family farm.
When Russell was home, he spent as much time as he could outdoors, fishing and hunting at local ponds and on the river. Russell was a supporter of Hartem Athletics and was very proud of his nieces, who play volleyball. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also enjoyed nice dinners and trying his luck at the card table.
Russell will be missed by his mother, Lula Belle; sister, Roberta (Ron) Gray of Byrnes Mill, MO, and brother Ron (Vanessa) Barry of Emden; nieces and nephews, Rebekah (Jason) Gray-Long of High Ridge, MO, Robert Gray of West Lafayette, IN, and Lexi and Lily Barry of Emden; great-nephews, Jace and Grayson Long; aunt, Darline Becker of Emden; and special friend Tina Coers, of Emden.
Russell is preceded in death by his father, Allen Barry; grandparents William and Lilly (Hilgendorf) Barry, Seide and Anna (Rademaker) Conrady.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 8 from 3-7pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, December 9 at 1 pm. Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Emden Fire & Rescue and Hartem Athletics. Interment will follow the service at Hartsburg Union Cemetery.

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