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Carter Bacon
Carter Bacon
Chuck and Paula came to Useppa Island in late 1995 for a get aquainted visit. They were by far the best applicants for the fire chief's position. Mary and I had stopped at their house in Indianapolis. We knew at once that these top quality people would fit in perfectly at Useppa As a member of Dudley Kircher's Fireboard I was doubtful, however, about whether they would consider the job when we didn't even have a house for them to live in. Mary and I came to Useppa on our boat which we hardly used after we bot a house. Fortunately we hadn't sold it yet. I still recall the relief I felt when Chuck and Paula agreed to live on the boat and lead the fire department until the fireboard could provide permanent and appropriate housing. For the next seventeen years Chuck inspired us with his leadership and his solid knowledge of fire and safety measures.But that was just the beginning. Beyond mere fire chief Chuck drew the confidence and trust of Useppa and its residents. Everyone admired him and with good reason for he was the finest example of a man of high principled character and integrity.  Thank you Paula for sharing him with us all. I appreciate being associated with such  fine people as you and Chuck.  
Katie McKinney
Katie McKinney
Dearest Andi, Madilyn and Morgan, Your Dad/Grandpa probably told you the following story many times because he never let me forget it.  When your Dad/Grandpa was young (one/ two years old), he was a cry baby and a beast (hard to imagine). At the time I was in 8th grade. We were living in Indianapolis and at the top of a steep hill.  I had to babysit for your Dad/Grandpa often  (ugh!).  My girlfriend, Sheila McCarthey, used to come over frequently to help me take care of your Dad/Grandpa.  One time we had just had it with your Dad/Grandpa. Sheila and I came up with what we thought was a great plan. Sheila was going to stand at the bottom of the steep hill and I would be at the top.  I was going to let the stroller go and if Sheila caught it at the bottom- good, and if not - oh well.  Just as I was about to let the stroller go our Mom came driving by.  She foiled out plan and probably saved your Dad's/Grandpa's life.  As your Dad/Grandpa and I grew older we became the friends we should have been when were young.  I will always love and miss your Dad/Grandpa.  You must know that you were his greatest blessings.  A forever love, Aunt Katie  
Steve Queisser
Steve Queisser
Dear Madilyn and Morgan (and Andi too)   When your Mommy (Andi) was just a baby, Chuck and Gail asked me and my brother Brad if we would Babysit for Andi who at the time was an infant. They would be home early and they expected Andi to sleep most of the time we were there. So Brad and I get dropped off at Chuck and Gails Apartment to babysit.   The reason we had to be dropped off was that  Brad was 9 yeaars old and I was 8 years old....I guess in Chuck's mind that equalled a 17 year old and thus we became Andi's babysitter for the next year or so .....and by the way....Chuck's idea of being home early was not a defination I suggest you immulate it was well after midnihgt!! haha!!   Loved Chuck and wished I could have stayed in better ccontact....but I do get to see Andi, Jon and both of you often and hope that continues always!!   Love,  
Midge O'Hara
Midge O'Hara
Little Gasparilla Island Fire & Rescue, Inc. has accomplished so much due to Chief Chuck Berry's caring assistance..  As past Chairman, I can say that his knowledge and guiding hand was invaluable and a true model for our department.  I am saddened and shocked to have just learned of his passing.  My heartfelt wishes for Paula and family.
jami poling
jami poling
Dearest Paula, I am so sad to hear of Chuck's passing, my heart is heavy for you and his family.   What an amazing man he was, full of kindness, dedication to his community, always protecting those he served with such professionalism and that huge heart of his.  Together you two were truly a one in a million team.  You  both became family to those who truly knew you on Useppa, one of which was me.  Always there to lend a hand in any way you could, and would go beyond the call of duty with your heartfelt concern for anyone in need. Chuck will always be remembered, for he touched so many of our lives while you both kept a watchful eye on the island you called home, and those of us that passed through over the years. I am grateful for the time I spent with you both, and will never forget Chuck's great sense of humor and his wonderful laugh! May you and the family find peace and comfort in knowing that Chuck will now be watching over you all from heaven as he always had here on earth. My heart goes out to you Paula, I am so very sorry for your loss, if I can do anything, please say the word. Love, Jami    
Leo Queisser
Leo Queisser
Dear Paula, Andi, Katie, Bob, Maddie and all the  Berry Family, and Gail: We are very sad to hear of  Churck's passing. We remember him fondly for his warmth and fun.  While we couldn't attend his services. we were blessed to watch them live on Caringbridge.  Thanks, Celeste, for making them available to us and many, many others.  Andi, Bob and Paula, your eulogies were beautiful and very heartfelt. Our prayers and love for you. Leo and Kathy Queisser        
Aimee Lockhart
Aimee Lockhart
Dear Paula- Although Kim and I have only known you and Chuck a short time we feel like we have lost a dear friend.  We so enjoyed the time that you and Chuck took to show us the Useppa Fire Department and to unofficially "trained" last Spring.  We were in awe of what you two had accomplished over the years to make the Useppa Fire Department a top notch facility.  We felt very safe under your protection.  You both will be sorely missed. We count it an honor and a privilege to have known you.  We pray that you will be comforted, Paula, during this most difficult time. Fondly,   Aimee & Kim Lockhart
Kathy Borders
Kathy Borders
Dear Paula, I don't know if you will remember me or not. (Kathy Yoho)We went to high school together and spent many fun times running around. I was so sad to read of your husband's passing. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I didn't know Chuck but I remember riding to a reunion with you and was struck by how wonderfully happy he made you. That is a blessing for which I am sure you are grateful. I had no other way to contact you so I thought I would give this a try. Please feel fee to contact me if you need anything or would just like to talk and catch up. You can reach me at kjyborders@yahoo.com . In the mean time know that I wish you and your family much peace at this sad time. Take care my friend. God Bless.  
Joe & Kitty Lamb
Joe & Kitty Lamb
Dear Paula, We were very blessed to have spent time on Useppa and get to know and love you and Chuck. Having Chuck gone is a tremendous loss for us all. We have such respect for the way you both carried out your duties. Just remember, our house is your house and Joe still has his baseball bat to fend off wild animals. Our love and prayers always, Joe & Kitty
Paul Lerner
Paul Lerner
Dear Berry Family, I work with Andi and am proud to call her friend.   My family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this this difficult time.  "May the peace of God that passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus:. Phil 4:7.  Blessings to you all,
Alana McKinney
Alana McKinney
I knew Chief Berry before he was a Fire Chief. "Back in the day" we were part of the " Fairway Drive Neighborhood' in Indy. Everyday there would be someone from the neighborhood going to "The Rock" to connect and plan the next activity. Bob, Maddie, Chuck, Alana, Aleta, Billy, Donna, Jamie, Dickie, Bobbie, Denise, Howard, and Tony were the kids that made-up our group. I am so grateful to have experienced being part of this community from the time I was in the 2nd grade to when I was off to college and my parents moved. It was when we had our 1 and only reunion that I learned that Chuck had become a Fire Chief. To tell you the truth it really did not suprise me. He always was a leader and loved to give Officer Pottier a hard time on that back stretch of Fairway Drive. Chuck claimed his car idled at 30mph. On a visit back to Indy one year with my children Jason, Nathan and Sara we did field trip to the Fire Station. Chief Berry told my boys about the pranks the Firemen play on the Rookies. Needless to say being a Mom I did not appreciate new pranks my boys could pull eachother! Several months after our visit our church caught fire. My daughter who was 5 at the time looked at every firefighter fighting the fire looking for Chuck. To her horror while fighting the fire windows in the church were broken. She asked me why the firemen did that and she was not happy with my answer. She insisted that Chief Berry would not let them do that. And where was he anyway? Thank you Paula for the tireless love and care you have showed.  Andi thank you for sharing your personally thoughts about your Dad. He is so proud of you and the granddaughters you gave to him. Bob and Maddie, Aleta and I send our love. I am so grateful Chuck called me his friend.    
Norm Stuart
Norm Stuart
Dear Paula and family, Chuck Berry  was a man that I respected for his character, integrity and honesty. When I first appointed him to be the very first paid Fire Chief of Pike Township, we had a long talk about the department. We both realized we had the same goals and vision for this department. I told him that I did not know how to run a fire department, but I did know men who could. He was at the top of those names given to me  at that time. I appointed him, and the professional fire department was born. Chuck was dedicated to his department and was a great leader. I got out of his way and backed him 100%. We never once had a serious fallout. We both had the same vision:  a superior fire/EMT force to serve Pike Township residents with the best protection possible. The town board also backed the department and helped with budgets that gave us the right personnel and equipment. Chief Berry often would call and let me know we needed to share information. Those were good sessions, and often had both deputy chiefs attending as well. When Chuck and I first talked, we were both very clear that politics would have no influence on  the operation of the Pike Department. We had mutual respect for each other and that never wavered. He gave Pike Township his best. He loved the fire service and was very dedicated to all personnel in the department as well. I once told him that our team was the best in the state; I could expand that to the best anywhere. We worked as a team. Chuck provided the knowhow of operations with his staff, the department, and I supported them. Rest in peace, old friend.  Your legacy as one of the finest Fire Chiefs and departments will  ever live on. I am glad I was a pert of it.  
Jerry Guise
Jerry Guise
Paula - I am so sorry to hear about Chuck's passing. It has been a long time since I have seen you both, but I have never forgotten the great memories and the incredible impression Chuck made on me in my early firefighting career. When I had the opportunity to help teach in some of the Pike Twp. FD recruit classes, I was always insired by Chuck's insight and great leadership as a chief officer. And Paula, I will never forget the great times we had together in paramedic training at Methodist Hospital so many years ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time and I share with you in your grief and loss. I pray that God will give you the peace that surpasses all understanding not only now, but in all the years to come. May God bless you richly.  
Carter Bacon
Carter Bacon
Chuck and Paula came to Useppa Island in late 1995 for a get aquainted visit. They were by far the best applicants for the fire chief's position. Mary and I had stopped at their house in Indianapolis. We knew at once that these top quality people would fit in perfectly at Useppa As a member of Dudley Kircher's Fireboard I was doubtful, however, about whether they would consider the job when we didn't even have a house for them to live in. Mary and I came to Useppa on our boat which we hardly used after we bot a house. Fortunately we hadn't sold it yet. I still recall the relief I felt when Chuck and Paula agreed to live on the boat and lead the fire department until the fireboard could provide permanent and appropriate housing. For the next seventeen years Chuck inspired us with his leadership and his solid knowledge of fire and safety measures.But that was just the beginning. Beyond mere fire chief Chuck drew the confidence and trust of Useppa and its residents. Everyone admired him and with good reason for he was the finest example of a man of high principled character and integrity.  Thank you Paula for sharing him with us all. I appreciate being associated with such  fine people as you and Chuck.  
Steve Queisser
Steve Queisser
Dear Madilyn and Morgan (and Andi too)   When your Mommy (Andi) was just a baby, Chuck and Gail asked me and my brother Brad if we would Babysit for Andi who at the time was an infant. They would be home early and they expected Andi to sleep most of the time we were there. So Brad and I get dropped off at Chuck and Gails Apartment to babysit.   The reason we had to be dropped off was that  Brad was 9 yeaars old and I was 8 years old....I guess in Chuck's mind that equalled a 17 year old and thus we became Andi's babysitter for the next year or so .....and by the way....Chuck's idea of being home early was not a defination I suggest you immulate it was well after midnihgt!! haha!!   Loved Chuck and wished I could have stayed in better ccontact....but I do get to see Andi, Jon and both of you often and hope that continues always!!   Love,  
Midge O'Hara
Midge O'Hara
Little Gasparilla Island Fire & Rescue, Inc. has accomplished so much due to Chief Chuck Berry's caring assistance..  As past Chairman, I can say that his knowledge and guiding hand was invaluable and a true model for our department.  I am saddened and shocked to have just learned of his passing.  My heartfelt wishes for Paula and family.
Leo Queisser
Leo Queisser
Dear Paula, Andi, Katie, Bob, Maddie and all the  Berry Family, and Gail: We are very sad to hear of  Churck's passing. We remember him fondly for his warmth and fun.  While we couldn't attend his services. we were blessed to watch them live on Caringbridge.  Thanks, Celeste, for making them available to us and many, many others.  Andi, Bob and Paula, your eulogies were beautiful and very heartfelt. Our prayers and love for you. Leo and Kathy Queisser        
Aimee Lockhart
Aimee Lockhart
Dear Paula- Although Kim and I have only known you and Chuck a short time we feel like we have lost a dear friend.  We so enjoyed the time that you and Chuck took to show us the Useppa Fire Department and to unofficially "trained" last Spring.  We were in awe of what you two had accomplished over the years to make the Useppa Fire Department a top notch facility.  We felt very safe under your protection.  You both will be sorely missed. We count it an honor and a privilege to have known you.  We pray that you will be comforted, Paula, during this most difficult time. Fondly,   Aimee & Kim Lockhart
Alana McKinney
Alana McKinney
I knew Chief Berry before he was a Fire Chief. "Back in the day" we were part of the " Fairway Drive Neighborhood' in Indy. Everyday there would be someone from the neighborhood going to "The Rock" to connect and plan the next activity. Bob, Maddie, Chuck, Alana, Aleta, Billy, Donna, Jamie, Dickie, Bobbie, Denise, Howard, and Tony were the kids that made-up our group. I am so grateful to have experienced being part of this community from the time I was in the 2nd grade to when I was off to college and my parents moved. It was when we had our 1 and only reunion that I learned that Chuck had become a Fire Chief. To tell you the truth it really did not suprise me. He always was a leader and loved to give Officer Pottier a hard time on that back stretch of Fairway Drive. Chuck claimed his car idled at 30mph. On a visit back to Indy one year with my children Jason, Nathan and Sara we did field trip to the Fire Station. Chief Berry told my boys about the pranks the Firemen play on the Rookies. Needless to say being a Mom I did not appreciate new pranks my boys could pull eachother! Several months after our visit our church caught fire. My daughter who was 5 at the time looked at every firefighter fighting the fire looking for Chuck. To her horror while fighting the fire windows in the church were broken. She asked me why the firemen did that and she was not happy with my answer. She insisted that Chief Berry would not let them do that. And where was he anyway? Thank you Paula for the tireless love and care you have showed.  Andi thank you for sharing your personally thoughts about your Dad. He is so proud of you and the granddaughters you gave to him. Bob and Maddie, Aleta and I send our love. I am so grateful Chuck called me his friend.    
Jerry Guise
Jerry Guise
Paula - I am so sorry to hear about Chuck's passing. It has been a long time since I have seen you both, but I have never forgotten the great memories and the incredible impression Chuck made on me in my early firefighting career. When I had the opportunity to help teach in some of the Pike Twp. FD recruit classes, I was always insired by Chuck's insight and great leadership as a chief officer. And Paula, I will never forget the great times we had together in paramedic training at Methodist Hospital so many years ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time and I share with you in your grief and loss. I pray that God will give you the peace that surpasses all understanding not only now, but in all the years to come. May God bless you richly.  
Katie McKinney
Katie McKinney
Dearest Andi, Madilyn and Morgan, Your Dad/Grandpa probably told you the following story many times because he never let me forget it.  When your Dad/Grandpa was young (one/ two years old), he was a cry baby and a beast (hard to imagine). At the time I was in 8th grade. We were living in Indianapolis and at the top of a steep hill.  I had to babysit for your Dad/Grandpa often  (ugh!).  My girlfriend, Sheila McCarthey, used to come over frequently to help me take care of your Dad/Grandpa.  One time we had just had it with your Dad/Grandpa. Sheila and I came up with what we thought was a great plan. Sheila was going to stand at the bottom of the steep hill and I would be at the top.  I was going to let the stroller go and if Sheila caught it at the bottom- good, and if not - oh well.  Just as I was about to let the stroller go our Mom came driving by.  She foiled out plan and probably saved your Dad's/Grandpa's life.  As your Dad/Grandpa and I grew older we became the friends we should have been when were young.  I will always love and miss your Dad/Grandpa.  You must know that you were his greatest blessings.  A forever love, Aunt Katie  
jami poling
jami poling
Dearest Paula, I am so sad to hear of Chuck's passing, my heart is heavy for you and his family.   What an amazing man he was, full of kindness, dedication to his community, always protecting those he served with such professionalism and that huge heart of his.  Together you two were truly a one in a million team.  You  both became family to those who truly knew you on Useppa, one of which was me.  Always there to lend a hand in any way you could, and would go beyond the call of duty with your heartfelt concern for anyone in need. Chuck will always be remembered, for he touched so many of our lives while you both kept a watchful eye on the island you called home, and those of us that passed through over the years. I am grateful for the time I spent with you both, and will never forget Chuck's great sense of humor and his wonderful laugh! May you and the family find peace and comfort in knowing that Chuck will now be watching over you all from heaven as he always had here on earth. My heart goes out to you Paula, I am so very sorry for your loss, if I can do anything, please say the word. Love, Jami    
Kathy Borders
Kathy Borders
Dear Paula, I don't know if you will remember me or not. (Kathy Yoho)We went to high school together and spent many fun times running around. I was so sad to read of your husband's passing. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I didn't know Chuck but I remember riding to a reunion with you and was struck by how wonderfully happy he made you. That is a blessing for which I am sure you are grateful. I had no other way to contact you so I thought I would give this a try. Please feel fee to contact me if you need anything or would just like to talk and catch up. You can reach me at kjyborders@yahoo.com . In the mean time know that I wish you and your family much peace at this sad time. Take care my friend. God Bless.  
Joe & Kitty Lamb
Joe & Kitty Lamb
Dear Paula, We were very blessed to have spent time on Useppa and get to know and love you and Chuck. Having Chuck gone is a tremendous loss for us all. We have such respect for the way you both carried out your duties. Just remember, our house is your house and Joe still has his baseball bat to fend off wild animals. Our love and prayers always, Joe & Kitty
Paul Lerner
Paul Lerner
Dear Berry Family, I work with Andi and am proud to call her friend.   My family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this this difficult time.  "May the peace of God that passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus:. Phil 4:7.  Blessings to you all,
Norm Stuart
Norm Stuart
Dear Paula and family, Chuck Berry  was a man that I respected for his character, integrity and honesty. When I first appointed him to be the very first paid Fire Chief of Pike Township, we had a long talk about the department. We both realized we had the same goals and vision for this department. I told him that I did not know how to run a fire department, but I did know men who could. He was at the top of those names given to me  at that time. I appointed him, and the professional fire department was born. Chuck was dedicated to his department and was a great leader. I got out of his way and backed him 100%. We never once had a serious fallout. We both had the same vision:  a superior fire/EMT force to serve Pike Township residents with the best protection possible. The town board also backed the department and helped with budgets that gave us the right personnel and equipment. Chief Berry often would call and let me know we needed to share information. Those were good sessions, and often had both deputy chiefs attending as well. When Chuck and I first talked, we were both very clear that politics would have no influence on  the operation of the Pike Department. We had mutual respect for each other and that never wavered. He gave Pike Township his best. He loved the fire service and was very dedicated to all personnel in the department as well. I once told him that our team was the best in the state; I could expand that to the best anywhere. We worked as a team. Chuck provided the knowhow of operations with his staff, the department, and I supported them. Rest in peace, old friend.  Your legacy as one of the finest Fire Chiefs and departments will  ever live on. I am glad I was a pert of it.  
Carter Bacon
Carter Bacon
Chuck and Paula came to Useppa Island in late 1995 for a get aquainted visit. They were by far the best applicants for the fire chief's position. Mary and I had stopped at their house in Indianapolis. We knew at once that these top quality people would fit in perfectly at Useppa As a member of Dudley Kircher's Fireboard I was doubtful, however, about whether they would consider the job when we didn't even have a house for them to live in. Mary and I came to Useppa on our boat which we hardly used after we bot a house. Fortunately we hadn't sold it yet. I still recall the relief I felt when Chuck and Paula agreed to live on the boat and lead the fire department until the fireboard could provide permanent and appropriate housing. For the next seventeen years Chuck inspired us with his leadership and his solid knowledge of fire and safety measures.But that was just the beginning. Beyond mere fire chief Chuck drew the confidence and trust of Useppa and its residents. Everyone admired him and with good reason for he was the finest example of a man of high principled character and integrity.  Thank you Paula for sharing him with us all. I appreciate being associated with such  fine people as you and Chuck.  
Leo Queisser
Leo Queisser
Dear Paula, Andi, Katie, Bob, Maddie and all the  Berry Family, and Gail: We are very sad to hear of  Churck's passing. We remember him fondly for his warmth and fun.  While we couldn't attend his services. we were blessed to watch them live on Caringbridge.  Thanks, Celeste, for making them available to us and many, many others.  Andi, Bob and Paula, your eulogies were beautiful and very heartfelt. Our prayers and love for you. Leo and Kathy Queisser        
Kathy Borders
Kathy Borders
Dear Paula, I don't know if you will remember me or not. (Kathy Yoho)We went to high school together and spent many fun times running around. I was so sad to read of your husband's passing. Just wanted to reach out and let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I didn't know Chuck but I remember riding to a reunion with you and was struck by how wonderfully happy he made you. That is a blessing for which I am sure you are grateful. I had no other way to contact you so I thought I would give this a try. Please feel fee to contact me if you need anything or would just like to talk and catch up. You can reach me at kjyborders@yahoo.com . In the mean time know that I wish you and your family much peace at this sad time. Take care my friend. God Bless.  
Norm Stuart
Norm Stuart
Dear Paula and family, Chuck Berry  was a man that I respected for his character, integrity and honesty. When I first appointed him to be the very first paid Fire Chief of Pike Township, we had a long talk about the department. We both realized we had the same goals and vision for this department. I told him that I did not know how to run a fire department, but I did know men who could. He was at the top of those names given to me  at that time. I appointed him, and the professional fire department was born. Chuck was dedicated to his department and was a great leader. I got out of his way and backed him 100%. We never once had a serious fallout. We both had the same vision:  a superior fire/EMT force to serve Pike Township residents with the best protection possible. The town board also backed the department and helped with budgets that gave us the right personnel and equipment. Chief Berry often would call and let me know we needed to share information. Those were good sessions, and often had both deputy chiefs attending as well. When Chuck and I first talked, we were both very clear that politics would have no influence on  the operation of the Pike Department. We had mutual respect for each other and that never wavered. He gave Pike Township his best. He loved the fire service and was very dedicated to all personnel in the department as well. I once told him that our team was the best in the state; I could expand that to the best anywhere. We worked as a team. Chuck provided the knowhow of operations with his staff, the department, and I supported them. Rest in peace, old friend.  Your legacy as one of the finest Fire Chiefs and departments will  ever live on. I am glad I was a pert of it.  
Katie McKinney
Katie McKinney
Dearest Andi, Madilyn and Morgan, Your Dad/Grandpa probably told you the following story many times because he never let me forget it.  When your Dad/Grandpa was young (one/ two years old), he was a cry baby and a beast (hard to imagine). At the time I was in 8th grade. We were living in Indianapolis and at the top of a steep hill.  I had to babysit for your Dad/Grandpa often  (ugh!).  My girlfriend, Sheila McCarthey, used to come over frequently to help me take care of your Dad/Grandpa.  One time we had just had it with your Dad/Grandpa. Sheila and I came up with what we thought was a great plan. Sheila was going to stand at the bottom of the steep hill and I would be at the top.  I was going to let the stroller go and if Sheila caught it at the bottom- good, and if not - oh well.  Just as I was about to let the stroller go our Mom came driving by.  She foiled out plan and probably saved your Dad's/Grandpa's life.  As your Dad/Grandpa and I grew older we became the friends we should have been when were young.  I will always love and miss your Dad/Grandpa.  You must know that you were his greatest blessings.  A forever love, Aunt Katie  
Midge O'Hara
Midge O'Hara
Little Gasparilla Island Fire & Rescue, Inc. has accomplished so much due to Chief Chuck Berry's caring assistance..  As past Chairman, I can say that his knowledge and guiding hand was invaluable and a true model for our department.  I am saddened and shocked to have just learned of his passing.  My heartfelt wishes for Paula and family.
Paul Lerner
Paul Lerner
Dear Berry Family, I work with Andi and am proud to call her friend.   My family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this this difficult time.  "May the peace of God that passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus:. Phil 4:7.  Blessings to you all,
Jerry Guise
Jerry Guise
Paula - I am so sorry to hear about Chuck's passing. It has been a long time since I have seen you both, but I have never forgotten the great memories and the incredible impression Chuck made on me in my early firefighting career. When I had the opportunity to help teach in some of the Pike Twp. FD recruit classes, I was always insired by Chuck's insight and great leadership as a chief officer. And Paula, I will never forget the great times we had together in paramedic training at Methodist Hospital so many years ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time and I share with you in your grief and loss. I pray that God will give you the peace that surpasses all understanding not only now, but in all the years to come. May God bless you richly.  
Steve Queisser
Steve Queisser
Dear Madilyn and Morgan (and Andi too)   When your Mommy (Andi) was just a baby, Chuck and Gail asked me and my brother Brad if we would Babysit for Andi who at the time was an infant. They would be home early and they expected Andi to sleep most of the time we were there. So Brad and I get dropped off at Chuck and Gails Apartment to babysit.   The reason we had to be dropped off was that  Brad was 9 yeaars old and I was 8 years old....I guess in Chuck's mind that equalled a 17 year old and thus we became Andi's babysitter for the next year or so .....and by the way....Chuck's idea of being home early was not a defination I suggest you immulate it was well after midnihgt!! haha!!   Loved Chuck and wished I could have stayed in better ccontact....but I do get to see Andi, Jon and both of you often and hope that continues always!!   Love,  
jami poling
jami poling
Dearest Paula, I am so sad to hear of Chuck's passing, my heart is heavy for you and his family.   What an amazing man he was, full of kindness, dedication to his community, always protecting those he served with such professionalism and that huge heart of his.  Together you two were truly a one in a million team.  You  both became family to those who truly knew you on Useppa, one of which was me.  Always there to lend a hand in any way you could, and would go beyond the call of duty with your heartfelt concern for anyone in need. Chuck will always be remembered, for he touched so many of our lives while you both kept a watchful eye on the island you called home, and those of us that passed through over the years. I am grateful for the time I spent with you both, and will never forget Chuck's great sense of humor and his wonderful laugh! May you and the family find peace and comfort in knowing that Chuck will now be watching over you all from heaven as he always had here on earth. My heart goes out to you Paula, I am so very sorry for your loss, if I can do anything, please say the word. Love, Jami    
Aimee Lockhart
Aimee Lockhart
Dear Paula- Although Kim and I have only known you and Chuck a short time we feel like we have lost a dear friend.  We so enjoyed the time that you and Chuck took to show us the Useppa Fire Department and to unofficially "trained" last Spring.  We were in awe of what you two had accomplished over the years to make the Useppa Fire Department a top notch facility.  We felt very safe under your protection.  You both will be sorely missed. We count it an honor and a privilege to have known you.  We pray that you will be comforted, Paula, during this most difficult time. Fondly,   Aimee & Kim Lockhart
Joe & Kitty Lamb
Joe & Kitty Lamb
Dear Paula, We were very blessed to have spent time on Useppa and get to know and love you and Chuck. Having Chuck gone is a tremendous loss for us all. We have such respect for the way you both carried out your duties. Just remember, our house is your house and Joe still has his baseball bat to fend off wild animals. Our love and prayers always, Joe & Kitty
Alana McKinney
Alana McKinney
I knew Chief Berry before he was a Fire Chief. "Back in the day" we were part of the " Fairway Drive Neighborhood' in Indy. Everyday there would be someone from the neighborhood going to "The Rock" to connect and plan the next activity. Bob, Maddie, Chuck, Alana, Aleta, Billy, Donna, Jamie, Dickie, Bobbie, Denise, Howard, and Tony were the kids that made-up our group. I am so grateful to have experienced being part of this community from the time I was in the 2nd grade to when I was off to college and my parents moved. It was when we had our 1 and only reunion that I learned that Chuck had become a Fire Chief. To tell you the truth it really did not suprise me. He always was a leader and loved to give Officer Pottier a hard time on that back stretch of Fairway Drive. Chuck claimed his car idled at 30mph. On a visit back to Indy one year with my children Jason, Nathan and Sara we did field trip to the Fire Station. Chief Berry told my boys about the pranks the Firemen play on the Rookies. Needless to say being a Mom I did not appreciate new pranks my boys could pull eachother! Several months after our visit our church caught fire. My daughter who was 5 at the time looked at every firefighter fighting the fire looking for Chuck. To her horror while fighting the fire windows in the church were broken. She asked me why the firemen did that and she was not happy with my answer. She insisted that Chief Berry would not let them do that. And where was he anyway? Thank you Paula for the tireless love and care you have showed.  Andi thank you for sharing your personally thoughts about your Dad. He is so proud of you and the granddaughters you gave to him. Bob and Maddie, Aleta and I send our love. I am so grateful Chuck called me his friend.