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Koral "Malcolm" Berry

April 23, 1940 — February 2, 2024


In Loving Memory of Koral Malcolm Berry

 Koral Malcolm Berry, known affectionately as “Malcolm,” was born on April 23,1940, in Dayton, Ohio, to his loving parents, Koral and Dorothy (Sorrell) Berry. He peacefully passed away on February 2, 2024, at the age of 83, surrounded by his family in Kettering, Ohio Malcolm is preceded in death by his parents, Koral and Dorothy Berry, father and mother-in-law Harold and Dorothy Stewart, and sister-in-law Jan Berry.

Malcolm’s life was defined by his passion for automobiles and his unwavering commitment to his family. After graduating from Fairmont High School in 1958, he pursued his love for mechanics at Henry Ford College in Dearborn Michigan then went on to become a certified Volkswagen mechanic in 1960. Upon returning to Ohio Malcolm joined the United States Army Reserve from 1963-1967.

In 1963, Malcolm married the love of his life Carolyn “Susie” Stewart, embarking on a journey that spanned over six decades. Together they joyfully raised there two sons, Stephen and David, instilling in them the values of love, dedication, and hard work.  Malcom’s professional career led him to General Motors, Harrison Radiator, where he spent over 30yrs as a dedicated tool maker. He took pride in his work, using his skills to contribute to the automotive industry and using those skills to restore a multitude of cars from the ground up.

Outside of work, Malcolm’s adventurous spirit led him to pursue his passion for drag racing. For decades he could be found at Kilkare Raceway racing down the drag strip or in the stands cheering on his son, David, and numerous friends. He enjoyed the thrill of speed and the camaraderie with fellow racing enthusiasts. If not out and about you would find Malcolm in his garage working on numerous ongoing projects with his son Steve and several friends that would stop by. Malcolm also enjoyed traveling the country with his family numerous times, riding dirt bikes in his younger days, running marathons, bicycling along the bike trails in the area, enjoying a good tennis match, and participating in the Automotive program at Sinclair.

Deeply involved in the community, Malcolm was an active member of the Tristate Studebaker Drivers Club and the Kettering Senior Tennis League. He found satisfaction in the restoration of cars, dedicating countless hours to bringing vehicles back to their former glory. Friday and Saturday nights were reserved for local car cruise-ins, while Saturday morning you could find Malcolm at the local cars and coffee with all his car buddies.

Malcolm’s memory will be forever cherished by his wife Susie Berry, his brother Dale (Lynn Schutte) Berry, his sons, Steve (Stacey) Berry and David (Gina) Berry, as well as his grandchildren, Steven Weimer, Alyssa and Leighton Brooks, Uncle Herb Davis, brother and sister n law Mark (Jane) Jolly, 2 nieces,3 nephews, and numerous cousins.

 The Berry family kindly invites friends, relatives, and all those who knew and loved Malcolm to join them in celebrating his extraordinary life. A visitation will be held Friday February 16th from 3pm until 7pm at Routsong Funeral Home Kettering chapel (2100 E Stroop Rd) Memorial services will be held Saturday February 17th at 11:30am at Sugar creek Presbyterian, allowing for the gathering of loved ones to share stories, reminisce, and honor the legacy of a man who left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to have known him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Malcolm's honor to Sinclair College Foundation 444 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio 45402 Attention: Automotive Technology High Performance

 As we reflect on Malcolm's life, let us also celebrate the memories he created and the joy he brought to all those around him. His spirit will forever remain in our hearts, and his legacy will continue to inspire us to live each day to the fullest, just as he did.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 16, 2024

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Routsong Funeral Home - Kettering

2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering, OH 45429

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Memorial Service

Saturday, February 17, 2024

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church

4417 Bigger Rd., Kettering, OH 45440

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