Wayne Berry Sr.

Posted 3/8/20

Wayne C. Berry Sr., 99, of Paris, died at 3:20 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020, at Horizon Health.

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Grace Lutheran Church. A graveside service is …

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Wayne Berry Sr.

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Wayne C. Berry Sr., 99, of Paris, died at 3:20 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020, at Horizon Health.

A funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Grace Lutheran Church. A graveside service is 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Crest Haven Memorial Park at Claremont. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the service time at the church. The Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Berry was born May 10, 1920, in Richland County, the son of the late Harvey and Marcia Berry.  He married Bernadine Walser June 21, 1940, at Olney, and she preceded him in death Dec. 13, 2004.

He is survived by a son Robert D. (Donna) Berry of Fenton, Mo.; two daughters, Janette M. (Bill) Van Hoesen of Bethalto and Barbara K. (John) Berger of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Glenda Berry of Paris; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Wayne Jr.; two brothers; and four sisters.

Mr. Berry and his wife owned and operated Berry’s Grocery Store in Claremont for many years.  He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier for 23 years retiring June 1, 1987. They couple enjoyed many bus trips in their retirement years.

During World War II, Mr. Berry served with the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army in Italy. He saw action in the Po Valley where he was awarded the Bronze Star.  For nearly 70 years, he was a member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

A self-taught craftsman, he practically built their home in Claremont as well as a small mother-in-law house next door. He spent hours in his woodworking shop crafting beautiful furniture. Often remarking that he only built boxes, the desks and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves he made for his children and church proved otherwise.

Mr. Berry was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney and in his later years of Grace Lutheran Church in Paris.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wayne Berry Jr. Scholarship Fund or Grace Lutheran Child Development Center Endowment Fund in care of Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home.

Online condolences at www.stewartandcarrollfuneralhome.com.