Barry Eudean Kerby, Jr. of Hernando, Florida passed away Monday, November 21, 2022 at the age of 53 years, 4 months and 17 days.
He was born an Army dependent on July 4, 1969 in Frankfurt, Germany to Barry Eudean Kerby, Sr. and Linda Sue Shelden Kerby. Barry joined the Army in 1989 as a 96B, Intelligence Analyst, and attended basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ. Upon completion of AIT at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, he completed airborne training at Ft. Benning, GA and was subsequently assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC.
Barry’s assignments included Mannheim, Germany; Ft. Huachuca, AZ, serving as a Drill Sergeant; Ft. Carson, CO; performing duties as an Army representative to the Joint Staff on special projects at the Pentagon.
He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Award, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Bronze Service Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Valorous Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge, Basic Marksmanship Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Drill Sergeant Badge.
Barry retired after a full career of 20 years in the U.S. Army as a First SG. He later was employed as a military contractor for seven years.
He was of the Christian faith. Barry was very talented and loved to write poems, songs and draw.
He is survived by his one son, Christopher Kerby (Kris) of TN; three daughters, Courtney Kerby Demeter (Christgeonie) of VA, Brenna Kerby Heller (Nick) of FL and Kylie Kerby of FL; his mother, Linda Kerby of FL; two grandchildren Jack and Chloe; two brothers, Bryan Kerby (Kristal) of FL and Kevin Kerby (Kristi) of OK; other relatives; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Barry Eudean Kerby, Sr.
The Family received friends on Saturday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. until service time in the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, MO. The Patriot Guard gave Honors during the visitation and before the service.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home with the Family, Jennifer Hamilton, Bryan Kerby and Christopher Kerby, officiating.
Committal prayer and Interment were in the Czar Cemetery in Viburnum, MO with Full Military Honors by the U.S. Army.
Honored to be casket bearers were Bryan Kerby, Kevin Kerby, Chris Kerby, Nick Heller, Triston Kerby and Mike Sheldon.
The Kerby Family was served by the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, MO.
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