Bill was born February 12, 1918 in Princeton, New Jersey to Emma and Clinton Berry. His family moved west when it was discovered his mother had tuberculosis when Bill was two years old. Bill attended school in Altadena, Calif. and attended Cal Poly majoring in animal husbandry.
WWII was coming on and Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps. The war effort was in full swing and this is where he learned his lifelong trade of tool and dye making.
September 16, 1947 he married Lois Campbell and soon they moved to the small town of Hemet where their children were raised. They became members of the Presbyterian Church and developed the dearest of lifelong friendships. Bill owned and operated Hemet Aerospace Manufacturing working from his garage. Later he moved his shop to a hangar at Ryan Airport. Many high school kids had their first job with him, including his own children. His love for cattle and various forms of livestock always ensured some kind of adventure and involvement with his kids. Bill was a 4-H leader in the 50s and 60s. Today when his family gets together, the talk always turns to the animals with lots of warm memories and laughter.
During Bill and Lois’s many travels through the northwest, their grandson Chris often accompanied them. They settled in Heron in 1991 and enjoyed every minute and again developed lifelong friendships. Bill loved taking his grandson Travis fishing, going to the little store for ice cream, and anything a young boy could conjure up, his grandfather was never far from sight. Bill's most recent outing was being in the Heron 4th of July parade with a big sign on the truck saying "Bill Berry, 97, Heron's Cutest Oldest Man.”
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles Berry, and his wife Lois Berry. He is survived by his children Steve Berry of California, Greg Berry of Hawaii, along with his daughter, Mindy Berry. His grandchildren include Chris Berry and Susie Canchola of California, and Travis Caines of Coeur d’Alene; along with six great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday September 5th at 3 p.m. where he will be laid to rest with his wife Lois. A potluck will follow at the Heron Community Center.
Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements. Please visit Bill’s online memorial at www.lakeviewfuneral.com and sign his guest book.