Robert A. Berkey, age 35, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021. Robert was born on January 31, 1986, in Dayton, Ohio.
Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kerry & Elaine Berkey and Hugh & Margaret Trimble; and his aunt, Carolyn Trimble.
Robert is survived by his parents, Kim and Rebecca Berkey; his brothers, John Berkey & Seth Harris (fiancé: Alice Lescheck); his sister, Jennifer Berkey (fiancé: Dylan Steely); his nephew, Olyver Harris; his 8 aunts, 6 uncles, 16 cousins, 37 second cousins, and his countless friends.
Robert was a Special Olympics athlete since age 9. In that time, Robert won numerous medals and awards, was a mentor to younger athletes, and an inspiration to everyone he met. Robert competed in many events including track & field, bowling, softball, soccer, basketball, swimming, roller-skating, bocce, and powerlifting.
Robert was a devout Christian and member of Abiding Christ Lutheran Church, where he was an acolyte.
Robert’s favorite things to do included watching movies, playing videogames, working out, watching wrestling, visiting parks, dancing until he dropped, and spending time with his friends & family. Robert loved to get dressed up for occasions, would don his suit at a moment’s notice and had many costumes. Without a doubt, Robert’s favorite holiday was Halloween.
Robert had immeasurable strength that was only matched by his kindness. Robert was a gift to the world, whose impact on those around him will go on long after his death.
Donations in Robert's memory can be made to the Special Olympics of Greater Dayton, 3085 Woodman Drive, Suite 212, Kettering, OH 45420.
A visitation will be held from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Newcomer North Chapel, 4104 Needmore Road, Dayton. The family will also visit with family and friends from 10:30am to 11:00am on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Abiding Christ Lutheran Church, 326 E Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn, where a funeral service will begin at 11:00am.
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