Frederick Harold Berry, 92, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in his Menomonee Falls, Wis., home surrounded by family.
A native of West Monroe, La., he was born on Oct. 29, 1921, to Annabelle and Frederick J. Berry.
He graduated from Ouachita Parish High School in 1941 before entering the United States Army in 1942 for which he served in the South Pacific during World War II. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he pursued a career in the oil, gas, and aerospace industry.
During his retirement, he stayed involved in his community as a Master Mason at West Monroe Masonic Lodge No. 419 and as a member of the Bossier City Lions Club. He also took great pride in his work to support Louisiana Camp Victory, a camp for children with disabilities.
Aside from his charitable work, he was also quite the charmer and proudly wore the title of a true Southern gentleman. Later in life, he received his master gardener’s license and thoroughly enjoyed working in his garden and occasionally riding his beloved Cub Cadet to Wal-Mart for groceries.
He was a talented lecturer and his grandchildren will always remember to enjoy a bowl of homemade ice cream when discussing the importance of not eating between meals. Also a talented chef, he loved preparing fried catfish, oven-toasted Reubens, and homemade bread for anyone with an appetite.
He was preceded in death by his sweetheart of 51 years, Dr. Bobbie June Clayton Berry in 2005; sister, Marteal Webb; and brother, Trell Berry Sr.
He is survived by one daughter, Charlotte Anne Berry Naff and husband, Edward A Naff, of Dubach, La.; two sons: Gary Rodney Berry and wife, Sue, of Benton, Ark., and Frederick Clayton Berry and wife, Carol, of Milwaukee, Wis.; seven grandchildren: Kimberly Paubert of Tennessee, Milly McIntyre of Louisiana, Ammy Naff of California, Joey Naff of Louisiana, Allison Berry of New York, Kathleen Berry of Indiana, and Frederick S. Berry of Indiana; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home in Cleveland.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are Edward Naff, Frederick S. Berry, Brian Herber, Matthew Clayton, Mikel Harris, and Clayton Harris.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Berry family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.