Zachary Thomas “Zach” Berry, age 25, of Maroa died at his home surrounded by his
family on Thursday, October 31, 2018.
A memorial service to celebrate Zach’s life will be held at 2:00 pm. Sunday, November 4,
2018 at First Christian Church (3350 N. MacArthur Road, Decatur, Illinois 62526), with
Pastor Brian Talty officiating. The family will greet friends following the service at the
church. Memorials may be made to: http://www.curethekids.org, a pediatric brain
Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign
the family guestbook at www.tanzyuslogan.com.
Zach was born in Decatur in September of 1993, the eldest son of Thomas Lee and Kelly
Leann Berry. He graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School and attended Richland
Community College. Zach worked for Casey’s in Maroa, Illinois.
At the age of 13, Zach was diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumor. The neurosurgeon
described it as the “ugly of brain tumors,” if tumors were described as good, bad or ugly.
Zach spent the next 15 months fighting that terrible disease. Zach was declared cancer
free and was given a second chance at life. Cancer and the treatments that fight it can
leave their mark long past the time they are completed. Zach did not live in fear of the
what-ifs, but lived a simple and happy life. He loved others well, and he was a good friend
to all who knew him.
In December of 2017, Zach began to exhibit symptoms that were eerily familiar. We were
devastated to learn that Zach had developed a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer
that was caused by the treatments he received so many years ago. Prayers for healing
and miracles were uttered around the globe. Zach fought hard, an uphill battle every day,
but throughout the battle he had peace. He did not fear death as he knew that he would be
healed. When it became evident that healing would likely come in Heaven, we gathered
as a family and spoke truth and love over our precious brother, son, and friend.
Zach’s courage and strength as he fought his battle with cancer continues to humble those
of us who love him. He never complained, he faced every challenge with humor, he loved
us fiercely and we loved him more than words can ever say. Zach will always be a cancer
survivor, that terrible disease no longer has a hold over him. He has been restored…
healed…and is in the arms of Jesus.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13
He is survived by his parents, sisters, Alex and Maddie Berry, brothers, Max and Isaac
Berry, grandparents, John and Nancy Berry, Steven Puckett, aunts, uncles, cousins and
Zach Berry is truly loved and will be deeply missed.
Zachary Thomas Berry
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