- June 29, 1923 - October 21, 2016
- Carmel, California
of Donald's Passing
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The Paul Mortuary
Donald Eugene Berry
June 29, 1923 - October 21, 2016
Donald E. Berry, 93, passed away at home October 21, 2016. Born in Glendale, California, Don's family moved to Carmel in 1934. He was in the first graduating class of Carmel High School in 1941, enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1943 and served in the Pacific. Upon returning to Carmel in 1946, Don began his apprenticeship at Wilder & Jones and became a journeyman sheet metal worker. Don owned and operated Redwood Heating & Sheet Metal until his retirement, leaving his mark of excellence in countless homes and businesses on the Monterey Peninsula.
Retirement brought the opportunity for "the executive and the gorilla" to travel the Northwest fly fishing, shooting at the gun club, floating and fly fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, splitting countless cords of wood which he shared with many, rising early and joining the eclectic locals at the coffee shop for discussion of the important issues of the day and the community. One of Don's greatest pleasures and talents was immersing himself in the languages and customs of families he met and worked with on the Peninsula. Through his devotion to Barbara, his wife of 64 years, Don's daily visits to the care center brightened her life as well as those of the staff, the residents and their families.
In his most recent years, our family was blessed to experience the companionship, love and care shared by Don and Mary Ann. Don is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, daughter Barbara Ann of Spirit Lake, IA, grandchildren Amanda (Tom) and Amee (Steve) and great grandchildren Hayden, Ava and Sadee of Reno, NV. He is also survived by his stepchildren Mary Jane and Mark and daughter-in-law Claire and family. Don was preceded in death by his brother Tom, his wife Barbara, his son Ron and daughter Debra. A strong, loving man, he was steadfast in his guidance and support to his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the charity of your choice.
A drop-in open house and celebration of his life will be held from 1:00 - 4:00pm Saturday, October 29th at the Berry family home.
Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.