BRIDGEPORT, Neb. — Walter Melvin Berry, 77, died on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Neb. At his request, cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation.
His graveside memorial service was held on Saturday, August 10, at Angora Cemetery, with Pastor Jonathan Seng officiating.
He family respectfully requests that memorials in Walter’s memory be made in care of the family to be designated at a later time. Online condolences may be left at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com. Jolliffe Funeral Home and Crematory, Bridgeport, was in charge of arrangements.
Walter was born on December 11, 1935 in Angora, Neb. to Walter E. and Edith (Terrell) Berry. He attended Angora School and graduated from Bridgeport High School. He joined the Air Force and was stationed in Alaska, where Walter was a radar repairman. His military experience got him involved in electronics, which he later used to work for Boeing and General Dynamics, which later got him into the space program at NASA, where he was both an electrical and mechanical engineer. Walter then was involved with the building and operating of nuclear power plants, where he became the managing engineer. Throughout Walter’s life, his careers had him living in all parts of the United States; when he chose to retire, he chose to return to the quietness of Bridgeport, where he also assisted in the care of his mother.
Survivors include his sons Richard Jay Berry, Clinton, Ill.’ Shawn Michael Berry, Bridgeport, Neb.; Steven Walter Berry, DeWitt, Ill., and Timothy Lyn (Amy) Berry, DeForest, Wis.; grandchildren Christopher Berry, Linda Kay, Jennifer Berry, Jeffrey Berry, Chase Berry, Holly Berry, Conor Berry, Hanna Berry and Rosa Berry; great- grandchildren Christopher “Denton” Berry, Makaylon Howell and Audrinna Howell; sisters Rosa Watson, Bridgeport; and Georgia (Buck) Shiveley, Ashland, Neb.; brother Glen (Judy) Berry, North Platte, Neb.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents Walter and Edith Berry, brother-in-law Dan Watson and infant sister Linda Berry preceded him in death.