October 7, 2011 at 11:00am

State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)

Berry E. Gay, 87, of Springfield, formerly of Decatur, died at 5:39 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in his home with his wife by his side.

Mr. Gay was born Oct. 10, 1923 in St. Louis, son of Berry E. and Sophia (Schobinger) Gay, Sr.

A former member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Berry worked as a Microbiologist for the State of Illinois until he retired in 1986. He was a US Navy Veteran of WWII serving in the South Pacific. Mr. Gay was a 20 year member of DAV Springfield Chapter 15 and graduate of Millikin University. He married Wilma Porter Aug. 26, 1948, in Decatur.

Mr. Gay is survived by his wife Wilma of Springfield; son, Daniel Gay of Springfield and granddaughter, C.J. Marlene Gay.

Memorials to Humane Society of Sangamon County or Lincoln Memorial Gardens.

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