Darrel “Beechnut” Barry was born February 15, 1929, at New Underwood, SD, at his Grandma Barry’s home to Emory E. and Clara C. (Welfl) Barry. He attended Barry School at Haydraw the first 8 years of school. He then attended high school in New Underwood, SD, where he lettered in football and stayed in a dormitory during the week, graduating in 1947. He then ranched and participated in rodeos until entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951, serving in Japan and Korea. Following his honorable discharge in 1954, he returned to western South Dakota where he worked for various ranches until 1964 when he returned to the home place south of Union Center where he continued ranching. Darrel married Viola F. Ness on March 30, 1957, in Broadus, Montana.
For several years, he worked for the Meade County Highway Dept. as an equipment operator. He worked at the Sturgis sale barn and for seven years as a foreman for the Western Cattle Company at Two River, a Korkow Rodeo stockman, and he was also a brand inspector. He was also a member of the Farmer’s Union, life-member of the Sturgis V.F.W. and American Legion, Past Commander of the New Underwood American Legion, and a member of the Saddle Tramps of New Underwood. He received the United Nations service medal, Korea service medal, and National Defense service medal. Darrel was very active and supportive of 4-H and High School Rodeo and he taught many rodeo schools. Darrel loved to do his leather working, participate in trail rides, play cards, play pranks, and never forget the BS sessions.
Darrel Barry died Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Darrel is survived by his wife, Viola; his children, Darrel W. Barry, Cheryl Pullins, Rod (Terri) Barry, Pam (Rick) Scott, Wade (Cleo) Barry, and Shannon (Drew) Holmquist; sixteen grandchildren, Corey, Cody, Nikki, Tessa, Danni, Tyler, Alisha, Mary, Allen, Lisa, Kyle, David, Wade, Taylor, Tawny, and Windsor; and seven great-grandchildren, Connor, Kaylee, Allie, Tate, Caleb, Brynlee, and Emory.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.