Donald Thomas "Don" Barry

Donald T.Barry, 89, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Oconee, IL, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017.

He was born, July 30, 1928 on a farm near Farmersville, IL, the son of Thomas G. and Eula Mae (Balsley) Barry,

Don was a Registered Nurse having graduated from Alexian Brothers Hospital in St. Louis, MO, and was also an Anesthetist graduating from St. John's Hospital

School of Anesthesia in Springfield, IL.

Don served one term in the Illinois House of Representatives. He served two terms each as President of the American Health Care Association and Illinois Health Care Association,

as well as, serving on other health related governmental entities.

Don owned the Barry Nursing Homes, later known as the Country Care Centers, located in several central Illinois communities.

Per Don's wishes, private family services were held Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville, IL.

Burial was in St. Martin Cemetery, Farmersville.

Donald is survived by his wife, Trudy Blackwell of Sarasota, FL, son, Gregory T. Barry of Springfield, IL, daughter, Jamie Barry (David) Fullington of Carlinville, IL, step-daughter, Tamera (David) Rosenbaum of Colorado Springs, CO., 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and brother, Roger Barry of Sarasota, FL.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Foundation or Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, FL

Please visit www.davisandersonfuneralhome.com to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville was in charge of arrangements.