Alan Robert Berry
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July 26, 1926 - March 17, 2013
Alan was the son of Virgil E. Berry and Edith Grindle Berry. Alan was born in Walla Walla, WA. He attended Walla Walla High School (known at WAHI) and Whitman College. He lettered at football, baseball and basketball, but also participated in the Glee Club and the A Cappella Choir. Alan was known both for his sports prowess and his beautiful tenor voice. June 1944, Alan enlisted in the Navy. Although not yet 18, Alan went to Great Lakes Naval Station for training in communications. Alan served in the amphibious forces in the South Pacific, in Okinawa, and was part of the occupation force in Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in June 1946. He married Betty Davenport on September 3, 1949. Alan graduated from Whitman with a BA in Public Administration and Mathematics. Betty and Al had three children, Carol, Sue and Bob. The family moved to Woodland Hills in 1971 and Betty and Al lived in the house on Gainford Street for 42 years. Alan joined the Naval Reserve and rose to office rank. He retired as a Commander in 1979. Alan had a long career filled with many jobs due to his computer and data communications expertise. They included: Pacific Telephone, Weyerhaeuser, WTCI (later MCI), Cantor Fitzgerald, Flying Tigers, Continental Airlines, AT&T, Blue Cross, UCLA, TRW, and the County of Los Angeles. In addition to his other activities, Alan pursued a Master's Degree and received an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1980. In retirement, Alan and Betty started "Cruising." They traveled to every continent and met many wonderful people.
A Celebration of Life service will be held for him at the Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church, 5751 Platt Ave. on April 6th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the Family is suggesting a donation in Alan's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Alan was a good friend, a good neighbor, a good father and a good man. He always tried and worked hard, did the right thing, was always there for his family! He leaves behind his beloved wife Betty; daughters Carol (Mark Brooks) Berry and Sue Sander and son Bob (Margo Berger) Berry; grandschildren, Braedon and Chynna Berry, and Katie and Tori Sander; his beloved Eteri, his little Juliet; and his cat Harold. He will be missed every minute of every day!
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 31, 2013