DatesDecember 10, 1921 - February 28, 2008
Clayton Arthur Berry was born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on December 10, 1921, to Arthur Henry Berry and Muriel Adeline (Drysdale) Berry. The family moved to the United States in 1923. He attended grade schools in St. Paul. MN. He started high school in Minneapolis, MN but graduated from high school in Olivia MN. Clayton received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. While a student there he married Nettie Violet Hatlen on December 18, 1942.
Clayton volunteered for the US Navy during WWII. He was sent to Midshipman’s School on the USS Prairie State stationed in the Hudson River near Columbia University and was commissioned an Ensign there. He was then sent to Diesel Engineering School at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He volunteered for submarine duty and was sent to Submarine Officers’ Training School at New London, CT. He served on three submarines: USS 0-10, USS Marlin, and was a member of the United States crew that ran tests on the German U-Boat, U873.
After the war he went into business with his father and brother in the automobile and farm machinery business of BERRY & SONS. He went into the Methodist ministry in 1949 and attended the Iliff School of Theology where he received a Masters of Theology and a Masters of Religious Education Degrees. He was the minister of the Brentwood Methodist Church in Denver, CO when it was organized and began services. He served churches in South Dakota at Hot Springs, Faulkton, Watertown and Sturgis. He was Executive Secretary of the Methodist Foundation in South Dakota for two years. He served as a Chaplain in the United States Veterans Administration in Medical Centers at Sturgis, SD, Pittsburgh, PA and Des Moines, IA.
He and his wife, Nettie, had six children: Carol Annette, Rojean Muriel, Barbara Kay, Beryl Fay, William Arthur and David Clayton. Nettie died in 1983. He married Jane Saleone in Pittsburgh, PA. They were divorced in 1989. In 1990 he married Nadia (Rudametkin) White. They lived in Mitchell, SD until his death.
During his lifetime he was a member of the Lions, Rotary, Toastmasters, and American Society of Civil Engineers. He was president of the Methodist Fraternity at the U. of Minnesota. He was president of the student body his third year at Iliff School of Theology. At the time of his death he was a member of the Dakotas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Kiwanis, Mitchell Area Historical Society, Mitchell Area Genealogical Society, United Methodist Men, American Association of Retired Persons, Submarine Veterans of WWII, National Association of Retired Persons, National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
He is survived by his wife, Nadia; four daughters: Carol Berry, Racine, WI, Rojean Sweeney and husband, Brian, Scottsbluff, NE, Barb Davis and husband, Clarence, Knoxville, IA, Beryl Foster and husband, David, Des Moines, IA; one son, David Berry and wife, Lorraine, Scottsbluff, NE; six grandchildren: Chad Sweeney and wife, Allison, Heather Sweeney, Holly Sweeney, Lisa Sweeney, Violet Foster, and Michael White Butterfly; one great grandson, Weston Sweeney; two step-daughters: Cheryl Nifoussi and husband, Stu, Oradell, NJ, Sandy Sanders and husband, Clyde, San Francisco, CA; four step-grandchildren: Sarah Richards and husband, Mark, David Nifoussi, Alexandria Sanders and Jillian Sanders; one brother, Jack Berry and wife, Jeanne, Mitchell, SD and sister-in-law, Mamie Berry, Mitchell, SD. He was preceded in death by his son, William, his wife, Nettie, his brother, Doug and his parents.
Friday, February 29, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota
Saturday, March 1, 2008
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley
Mitchell, South Dakota
Mitchell, South Dakota
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entry posted by Cousin Brian Berry on 11-10-2009
I praise the Lord that I am able to have sight back after being totally blind and going through a lot thes past few years. I just now am learnng of Clayton's passing and I will still send my condollences to each of the family.
Cousin Clayton is missed and my sympathy is extended to Nadia and the total family. It was always a pleasure to visit with them when I was out from Michigan to be with my mother, Ruth Berry in Mitchell.
A fond memory I have was when Clayton and Nadia, Doug and Mamie, and Jack all came to visit Aunt Meriel and my mother at Firesteel Nursing Home on Aunt Meriel and my same September birthday,
(My birth was planned to coinside with Aunt Meriel's birthday.) We all had some birthday cake and laughed alot. That was a nice together time I fondly remember as cousins.
Clayton was the eldest son of the eldest son, I was the youngest (and only) son to the youngest son of our same grandfather John Berry of Nova Scotia, Canada.
After I graduated from John Wesley College, my father, Herb Berry, and I took a trip out to Nova Scotia to visit the Berry relatives and surviving aunts and uncles. While there, I diligently worked on compiliing the geneology for the Berry family tree. That was given to Herb who worked on it and then given to Clayton who was even more diligent working on it for many more years.
My first memories of Clayton and Nettie were when my family traveled to Faulkton, so Clayton could baptize me as a little four year old kid who didn't quite understand what was going on during the baptism. After church I but enjoyed playing with the Berry cousins dropping pennies on Clayton passing below the open heat grate in their home and having a wonderful meal Nettie served up for our visit. That was a very young memory and later I went on to dedicate my life for the Lord and serve Christ.
Through the years, when ever i was home to visit my mother who was Clayton's Aunt Ruth, I would visit Clayton and Nadia and sometimes be able to help Clayton out with one of his projects in the community or on line with the geniology room cramed full by then of many letters, photos, and charts. Always something of interest to discuss together in that historic family house where Uncle Art and Aunt Merial had lived prior to Clayton and Nadia, and as a young child I would go to visit Uncle Art and Aunt Meriel. (He gave me one of the rocks for my rock garden.) A fine family home where i would also encourage Clayton to visit Michigan and stay with us at our lake house in the Upper Penninsula.
After the family returned to Mitchell, I remember that cousins Barb, Beryl, and I sat alphabetically in my nineth grade year of MHS study hall. When our MHS choir competitions were held in Winner, SD, I was surprized to see cousin Rojean as the teacher/ registrar for the music competitions... when I was so nervous my flared pants on my trembling knees acted more like bell bottom pants style of that day and ringing. When I was home from college Cousin David led a DWU college Bible study student group which I visited while in Mitchell. Clayton phoned me and thought the time was right to take Bill on a fishing trip together at my U.P. lake house visit, but later had to cancel the trip. It has been a pleasure to get reconnected with Cousin Carol through her Child Evangelism Fellowship letters through the years. These are some of the memories I have of your family.
On behalf of your late Great Aunt Ruth, Halerie, Dorine, and your late great uncle Herb, I send our condolences. As for me I extend yet more love through Christ our Lord.
"Our utmost for His highest!"
Cousin Brian Berry
entry posted by Karen Grapevine(formerly of Faulkton, SD) on 02-29-2008
Our prayers are with you at this most difficult time but we know Rev. Berry is with his loved ones who have gone before. Remember all the good memories and they will sustain you with the love of God.