Wesley L. Berry, 61, of Wilkeson died June 11, 2011. He was born April 28, 1950, to Gladys (Peterson) and Stanley Berry and was raised in Woodinville, Wash. He was a 1968 graduate of Bothell High School.
He was extremely talented at anything he did with his hands, from stained glass to woodworking. He was also an avid Harley enthusiast. One of his early projects was building a 1956 K Model from the ground up in his bedroom at his parents’ home (starting with two wheels, no spokes). When it was finished he removed the handle bars and rolled it out the door. Professionally, he was a master craftsman of the construction trades.
He married Sandy McDonald in 1976. They made their home in Juanita while Wes worked with his parents at Berry’s Floor Décor in Woodinville. Daughter Michelle was born in 1979 and Kate was born in 1983. The couple later divorced.
He spent several years working as a carpenter for Universal Seafoods in Dutch Harbor and exploring Alaska.
When he returned to Washington in 1992 he met the love of his life, Karen Deen Condon. They married in 1996 and made their home in Wilkeson. Together they raised Karen’s sons, Jeromy and Joshua. They also put more than 65,000 miles on a 1992 Harley FLHS and made two trips to Sturgis.
In 2005 Wes travelled to Latvia with a mission group to help with construction projects at the Eagle Wings Christian Camp and Training Center – a remarkable project in a country emerging from the former Soviet Union.
He retired in 2010 after 17 years as a finish carpenter and construction supervisor for Curtis Lang Custom Homes in Maple Valley.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of the family home in Wilkeson; his parents, Stan and Gladys Berry of Bothell; a brother, Brad Berry and wife Liz of Montesano; children, Michelle Schaffer and husband Noah and Kate Berry, all of Whitefish, Mont., and Jeromy Condon and wife Lisa of Wilkeson and Joshua Condon of Buckley; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother Stan Berry, Jr.
A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the New Life Four Square Church, 731 Watson St. N., Enumclaw. Attendance on a Harley would be considered a tribute. Please visit www.rufusmedia.com/wes to share a memory.