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.