Edward G. Berry
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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

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Published in York Daily Record on Aug. 27, 2009.
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September 4, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy gos out to Eddie's family.
I was so sad to hear that Eddie passed on. Even though he left his home here with us....He is Home now!!!

I will always remember his hearty laugh and the many wonderful stories he shared. I overheard many while working at The Cap.

He will be missed by so many! What a blessing to have known him!!!!!

My prayers go out to the entire family as you heal from your loss.
Tara Stanard
August 31, 2009
Brenda & Family:

I'm sorry to hear of your brother's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Love Always
Sandy Bentz
August 31, 2009
To Ed's Family,
Ed was a one-of-a-kind guy. The sort who would touch your heart and make you proud that he considered you a friend. I spent many afternoons & evenings with Ed, enjoying his stories, his thoughts on life and his views on the world. He left York a better place then he found it and has been a true hero. Cheers to you, "Ed-at-the-end-of-the-bar". You will be missed.
Angela Place
August 30, 2009
To the Berry Family,
I was sorry to hear of Ed's death last week. I served with Ed in Vietnam in 1966-67, and I always called him "Berr," short for Berry. He was far and away the best soldier I ever knew, probably the best human being as well. He saved my life in Vietnam in 1967, so everything I have had in my life since then is thanks to his courage and friendship. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. So long, Berr.
Leo Bosner
August 29, 2009
To the Berry family:
No words can be said, for the comfort that you may have, that your brother father,and granfather. Is now in peace. No more pain my dear friend.Ed spirit will be with us forever. He is now look over us, as the true soldier he was.
serena king
August 29, 2009
To all the loved ones of Ed:
My prayers are with you for peace, comfort, and hope, as you move forward in your lives without Ed's presence. May the memories of your interactions with Ed, fill your hearts and spirits with joy, for having had the opportunity to know and love him and to have had that love from him in return. God's continued blessings to you all.
Jacque Tara Washington
Jacque Tara Washington
August 28, 2009
CARRIE Woodyard
August 28, 2009
To Rusty and family, I'm so sorry for your lost. Ed fought a long hard battle. Remember that memories mean everything now. RIP ED
Trish Weedon
August 28, 2009
Dear Rusty and family, our family extends our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God help you to get through this ordeal and may he let you hold the memories that are dear to you. It just seems like last week that we read the artcile about him in the newpaper, only then knowing that he was ill. Our family is there for you Rusty.
Chareles, Jennifer Green & Family
Jennifer Green
August 28, 2009
To the Berry family,
Your father was a wonderful man. He always managed to make me smile when our paths would cross. He will be missed by many. May God Bless.
Posie Plank
August 28, 2009
To the family of Ed Berry:

May God comfort you with loving memories of your brother, father, and grand-father. Ed was truely a man among men. He had such a great smile and a laugh that would claim your attention.

Peace be with each of you. A neighbor and friend.
Lisha Sexton-Lambert
August 27, 2009
Dear Brenda,
Your family is strongly united by faith and the love of God. May those qualities keep you together to share the sweet memories of your brother Ed. Peace to all of you.

Carol Vaughn
Carol Vaughn
August 27, 2009
the sting of death is never easy seeing someone we love move forward and leave us behind .hold tight to memories for comfort and always remember how much you are cared about .ed and i had manny laughs and talks as we walked home from football pratices .and later as we were both vietnam vets .

william pillgreen and family
william pillgreen
August 27, 2009
Dear Brenda,Rusty & famiy,
Ed will be trully missed! I can't remember a time that Ed wouldn't make us feel special when we would see him out. We spent many good times and talks together also a few arguments.We'll miss you brother!
Drinda & John Moser
Drinda&John Moser
August 27, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rickey Cox
August 27, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Noreen Freeland
August 27, 2009
To Brenda Daniels & Family:

May the love of those around you,
help you through the days ahead.
LaShawn Ferguson
August 27, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Berry family. And he will surely be missed at the York City Council meetings And may God bless your family in this time of sorrow. Respectfully, York City Councilwoman Toni Smith
August 27, 2009
To my friend Ed and his family, may God bless you in this time of sorrow. Ed worked for my father at Cole Steel for many years and always made sure to say something nice about my dad whenever he saw me. During the time when he attended our City Council meetings regularly, he always managed to make his point with both eloquence and humor. Ed and I spent many a night solving world problems over a beer or two. A more genuine and loving person this world will never see.
Joe Musso
August 27, 2009
Brenda and family,
I am sorry to here of the passing of your brother. May God Bless and keep you strong and uplifted at this time. Just know, he is at service now in a better place.
Lynda Dowling-Carter
August 27, 2009
Mr Berry/Coach Berry

A Great American who serve his country with great distinction, Valor and Gallantry. Thanks for support and direction you gave me when I join the Army. RUSTY my brother from a different mother, you will be in my prayers. Keep your head up !! Proudly Serving !!


August 27, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family in your time of sorrow.Eddie and my brother junie were friends since we were children so many memories. We loved Eddie and he will truly be missed.God took him home now we have an Angel looking over us. We have been blessed to have Eddie in our lives.
shirley stover shaub
August 27, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Pete Goheen
August 27, 2009
Will miss you,Bro.
Lafayette Peterson
August 27, 2009
And St. Peter looked up from his Great Book and yelled,
"Stand at attention when I'm talking to you, Sgt. Berry!"

"Oh, sorry, Sir. There was something on the History Channel that I was just thinking about."

"Right then, Ed, what do you want to do with yourself now that you are UP HERE?"

"Well, Sir, I'd like to go West and fight Indians on the Great Plains."

"Egad, Berry, we don't allow anything like that UP HERE!"

"OK, then I'll just hafta' go have a beer with 'em, if that's alright with you? Is it possible to stand down at the end of the bar at God's Saloon?"

"Your place has been waiting for you. There is a little brass plaque with your name on it. We've shined it for you until you were ready to come UP."

Ed smiled and tugged a bit on his beret. "Are Wyatt and Doc UP HERE by any chance?"

St. Peter scoffed, "Are you kidding?" But then he leaned in and whispered, "They're down a bit to the south in a 'Special Section.' They aren't IN, but they aren't OUT either, if you know what I mean?"

"Oh, that's great, Sir! I think I'm gonna' like it here."

St. Peter waved him through, and as Ed passed in, the Gatekeeper said, softly, emotionally, "By the way, Edward, overall, you did a very nice job down there. A very nice job, indeed."

Ed waved back over his shoulder and started looking around for his friends. It didn't take long for him to find a few.

And so it began.
Tom Schaefer
August 27, 2009
The Berry Family:

I am so sorry to hear Ed has gone to better field of dreams. May the memories of his laugh, his abilities and achivements stand strong with a rejoicing of the heart. My prays are for you and the family of someone who'll never be forgotten.
Jacquelyn (Jackie) Banks/Roy
August 27, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Joann, Joseph
August 27, 2009
To Brenda and family:
While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you.
Deborah McNeil
August 27, 2009
I am sorry to hear of the passing of such a great person. I think the obituary tells how great he was. Take comfort in knowing he is in a much better place and he will watch over each and everyone of you. God bless you during this difficult time.
Laurie Mullins Haines
August 27, 2009
Kehl & Deb,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Kehl's brother. Our condolances to your entire family. God Bless all of you.
Ann & John Bunn
August 27, 2009
A wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him. I'm thankful to have known him.
Ben Blouse
August 26, 2009
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Vickie Washington
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