YORK Edward George 'Ed' Berry died peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2009, at Manor Care South, York. Ed was born in York on November 18, 1946, to the late John W. 'Jake' Berry and Elsie V. (Wilson) Berry. Ed received his education in the York City School District and graduated from William Penn Sr. High School in 1965. He was active in sports, receiving a Junior Varsity and two Varsity letters in football. He was named to the All Central Penn Team and the York County All-Star Team. In 2005 he was inducted into the William Penn Block and Tackle Football Hall of Fame. After graduation, Ed joined the United States Army where he served with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions in Vietnam. Ed served with distinction and was awarded the Silver Star, Soldier Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, National Defense Medal, United Nations Service Medal with Korean Bar, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with a Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Stars, Vietnam campaign Medal, Novice Parachute Wings and last but not least, his combat Infantryman's Badge. On August 18, 2009, Ed was the 240th infantryman out of over 1 million soldiers since 1916 to be added to the Distinguished Honor Roll of the 2nd Battalion of the 327th Airborne Infantry (Separate) at Fort Campbell, Ky. Upon returning to York, Ed served as a youth representative on the Crispus Attucks Board of Directors. Ed was employed at Cole Steel in York for 22 years as a machine press operator and was elected Union Steward, Committeeman and Vice President of Local 4407 United Steel Workers of America. After the closing of Cole Steel, Ed was employed by Rudy Art Glass as a glass technician for 15 years retiring in 2005. For approximately 12 years Ed was a defensive coach for the South York Boys Rink Football Team. He was a member of the American Legion Charles E. Williams Post 794 and the American Legion Post 127, both of York and a life member of the VFW Post 8896 in East Berlin. Ed leaves to cherish his memory a son, Joaquin S. 'Rusty' Henderson; a loving sister, Brenda J. Daniels; two caring brothers, Jeffrey W. Berry and Kehl R. Berry, all of York. Also surviving are four granddaughters, Shea-Quinn I., Strange'J., Sajyia L., and Shania U. Henderson; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, military comrades, many friends and his special dog, Lexie. Ed was a history buff with an avid interest in Military History, especially the Civil War. He was a civil minded voice for the betterment of York. But above all, Ed was a soldier who fought with valor and courage in the fields of Vietnam. He was just as courageous in his final battle with his illness to the end. Ed will be sadly missed by many and his memory will never die. A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Saturday at Small Memorial AME Zion Church, 401 S. Queen St., York. A viewing will be held at the church from 9 to 11 a.m. with the service beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Adrian Boxley will officiate. Interment will be in the Veteran's Section of Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, with full military rites given by the York County Honor Guards. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South York Boys Club c/o J. C. Martin, President, 237 Harding Court, York, PA 17403; or the Block and Tackle After School Tutorial Program c/o Juanita Kirkland, Wm. Penn High School, 101 W. College Ave., York, PA 17401. Boulding Mortuary, Inc. 471 Madison Ave., York, is in charge of arrangements. www.bouldingmortuaryinc .com
Published in York Daily Record on Aug. 27, 2009.