Obituary Notice: Thomas L. Berry

Obituary Notice: Thomas L. Berry (Provided photo)

Thomas L. Berry,   93, of Clearfield died Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at Penn Highlands Clearfield.

He was born Sept. 25, 1923, a son of the late James F. and Catherine B. (Buckley) Berry.

Mr. Berry began his career employed as a fireman on the New York Central Railroad.  He then worked at Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven and Ryan Brothers Contracting in Clearfield. 

He retired from PennDOT as a licensed registered professional engineer, where he started as a draftsman. 

In his younger days, Mr. Berry held a pilot’s license and owned his own airplane.  He also was a licensed Hamm Radio Operator.

Mr. Berry had many interests throughout his life.  He was an avid reader and frequented the public library in search of new books. 

He was a volunteer tutor for the Mid-State Literacy Council.  He was a member of the Chinklacamoose Square Dance Club where he and his wife, Jean, enjoyed dancing together. 

He held memberships with the Frequent-C-Flyer Radio Control Aircraft Club and the Knights of Columbus, Clearfield. He was also past president and a member of the board of directors for the Clearfield County Housing Authority. 

He was also a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, where he volunteered in many positions. 

Mr. Berry served his country during World War II as part of the 283rd Field Artillery Battalion with the U.S. Army. 

He saw action in northern Europe and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in battle.

He is survived by and was a devoted father of eight children, Tom Berry and his wife, Susan of Battle Creek, Mich., John Berry and his wife, Peggy and Barbara Davis-Bartley and her husband, Don, both of Clearfield, Kate Pursel and her husband, Bill of New Cumberland, Margaret Berry of Sacramento, Calif., Joe Berry and his wife, Yvonne of Pearland, Texas, Fred Berry and his wife, Shelli of Grampian and Bob Berry and his wife, Janine of Harding; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean (McLaughlin) Berry, on Feb. 4, 2011 and to whom he was wed June 9, 1951.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, and he was the last member of his generation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield, with the Rev. Brandon M. Kleckner as celebrant.  Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Clearfield.

Friends will be received from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Friday at the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Francis Educational Endowment Fund, 212 S. Front St., Clearfield, or the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library, 1 S. Front St., Clearfield.

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