Mark Berry, 65, father of Chatfield man

Mark Robert Berry, 65, of Preston, died on Monday, May 20, 2019, at his home in Preston.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1954, in Preston to Robert and Jeanine (Hillestad) Berry.

He attended and graduated from Preston High School in 1972. Following graduation he attended college in Winona and Rochester for a short time. 

He was united in marriage to Nancy Swenson on Feb. 28, 1981 in Chatfield. Together they had Mitchel and Mara.

He served for 20 years on the Preston Fire Department and was employed by Curt’s Standard as a mechanic and then went to work for many years at NAPA where people throughout the area knew him as “NAPA Mark.”

He loved taking drives through the countryside, camping, golfing, reading the paper and watching NASCAR and sports. He also enjoyed music often being able to tell friends the name, band and year of almost any song played on the radio. He was also known to his close friends as “Be-Bop.” He was a hardworking, genuine man who loved his family and was a great dad and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Preston; children, Mitchel (Brayonna) Berry of Chatfield and Mara (Tyler) Brown of Cannon Falls; grandchildren, Paisley Jo Berry, Sadie Jeanine Berry and Tatum Jo Brown; one brother, Steve Berry of Preston; mother-in-law, Neva Swenson of Chatfield and brother-in-law, Don Swenson of Chatfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services for him were held on Friday, May 24, at the United Methodist Church in Preston with the Rev. David Stoeger officiating.

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