Ronald Wayne Berryhill
Ronald Wayne Berryhill
  • July 16, 1923 - July 3, 2017
  • California

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Ronald Wayne Berryhill July 16, 1923 - July 3, 2017 Ronald Wayne Berryhill, 93, of Ceres, California passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017, in Modesto, California from causes incident to advancing age. Ron was born in Sanger, California on July 16, 1923. He was the first of three boys born to Claude and Elizabeth (Hughes) Berryhill. As a young boy he worked as much as he could on the ranches where his father was a field man and later on the family farm.

After graduating as the Valedictorian from Ceres High School, Ron attended the University of California Berkeley. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force and married Gloria Cooper of Escalon on Dec. 10, 1943 in Pueblo, Colorado on the military training base. Ron served as a radar navigator in his bomb squadron's lead plane and later as a radar instructor. During WWII Ron flew 30 missions over Germany and France and 24 missions in the Korean War. He achieved the rank of captain and received the Distinguished Flying Cross along with other air medals from the Armed Forces of the United States.

He earned his accounting degree in business administration from UC Berkeley in 1947. He worked briefly as an accountant, then helped his mother run the family farm in Ceres. This, and other properties, through his hard work, became Berryhill Vineyards which he owned and operated with his son Michael until Ron retired.

Ron served and led on many agricultural and local civic boards; some of which were the California Wine Grape Growers Board, Allied Grape Growers board, the Turlock Irrigation Board, the Ceres High School Board, the Yosemite Community College Board, and the Memorial Hospital Board. Surviving him in death is his beloved wife Gloria Berryhill, his son Michael (Francesca) Berryhill, nine grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death is his son Larry Berryhill, his brothers Clare and Norman Berryhill, and parents. Ron enjoyed traveling with his wife, friends, and family. He took his education, military, business, and civic opportunities and duties seriously. He was a kind and good husband, father, grand-father, and great-grandfather. He was admired and much loved by his family and friends.