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EMMETT RAYMOND BERRY Passed peacefully in his home January 31st, surrounded by his loving wife of 70 years, Phoebe, and family. He was a devoted, loving husband and a wonderful father and is survived by his three children, Susan Atencio (Adolph), Brent Berry (Susan) and Mark Berry(Patrice). Five grandchildren, Chris Corbet, Kelly Barmby, Erin Bevington, Lisa Bevington, Thomas Berry, and seven great grandchildren will also miss this sensitive, kind, playful and affectionate man. Raymond, also known as Ray, was born in Bakersfield, California, December 10, 1918, son of Ruth Burton and Emmett R. Berry. The Berry family, including sisters Joan Reynolds and Betty Kaylor/Cameron were a long time Tulare/ Kern County family since 1874. Raymond, a third generation Californian, liked to tell stories of his early years in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his grandmother Belle Berry. Those years had a huge affect on his life. Mountain Boy, a book of stories written by Ray Berry, described with great humor many of his youthful experiences in those mountains. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and served for "4 years 2 months and 15 days" as he liked to tell the family. He spent two of those years in the South Pacific. Although he rarely spoke of his time in the war, he never forgot or hesitated to share one thing he learned in the service - that perfect military salute. Following his military service, Raymond graduated from UCLA and proceeded to devote himself to public education and became a leading educator and mentor in California. He began by teaching in Manhattan Beach, California, and later moved to Carpenteria where he became Superintendent of Schools. From 1968 until his 'retirement' in 1978, he served as Superintendent of the Riverside Unified School District. Following his superintendency he became a lecturer in the School of Education in the University of California at Riverside, and authored Super-Intending by Ray Berry. Post retirement in 1987, Raymond and Phoebe moved to Cambria, California. Raymond "got all caught up" as he liked to say, in wood sculpture and also designed and made beautiful leaded stained glass doors, lamps, and windows. One of his greatest joys was giving his art away. Ray and Phoebe would often be seen on the boardwalk near their Cambria home, taking their daily walk. He loved the ocean, birds, and critters that he would see, but especially the friends that he met on the boardwalk each day. The family held a private gathering to reminisce and remember the "good life" of Raymond Berry. In honor of Raymond's memory, donations may be made to the .
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 13, 2013
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