|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1932|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 2010|
San Luis Obispo County
At age 78, Jerry lost his valiant 25-year battle with Hairy-Cell Leukemia, Sunday, October 17, 2010. Jerry was born in Inglewood, Calif., to Giles Berry (1896-1935)of Massachusetts & CA and Geraldine Larson Berry (1909-1992)of Wyoming, CA., & HI. He was raised in the South Bay beach cities by his mother and stepfather, Dennis Neff (1902-1989)of Greece & CA., HI.
Jerry grew up playing in the Pacific Ocean and reading everything the Redondo Beach Library had available while attempting to avoid trouble due to his extreme curiosity and vast interests. In 1952, he entered the United States Navy and became part of Navy Air, where he proudly served as crew chief of Patrol Seaplanes during and after the Korean War. After his Navy years, he worked at Douglas Aircraft. In 1964, the self-confirmed bachelor met and married Maryann (Cardoza) Coleman, a young widow with five children. He then accepted a position at The Aerospace Corp. as an Electronics Engineer. Jerry and Maryann added a sixth child to their family and moved into Torrance, Calif., where he proudly raised his new family with unconditional love and care. He was a devoted, loving husband and a remarkable father to all six of his children - he made the first five his own by adopting them. Jerry's friends and family were in awe of Jerry's inborn intellect, desire and ability to learn. He was truly a Renaissance man. During his long battle with leukemia, he relaxed by completely rebuilding classic British cars. He met many wonderful friends before and during his battle, all of which were treasured. His appreciation for a strong work ethic was apparent and self practiced. Upon retiring from Aerospace Corp in 1994, Jerry and Maryann moved to Templeton, Calif., where the two became active in their new community.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Maryann; their children Susan, Armon, Leann, Robert, Janna and Karin, siblings Anita Maria (Neff) Crowe of Manhattan Beach, Dennis Neff Jr. of Copenhagen and Nancy Aileen (Neff) Green of Australia .
Jerry was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Jean (Berry) MacDonald 1930-2009.
Giles M. Berry (1896 - 1935)
Geraldine Louise Larson Neff (1909 - 1992)
Barbara Jean Berry MacDonald (1930 - 2009)*
Gerald Giles Berry (1932 - 2010)
Chapel of the Roses Cemetery
San Luis Obispo County
Plot: Unit 5, Nitche 107
Maintained by: K Berry & JGBC
Originally Created by: Inge and Patrick Campbel...
Record added: Oct 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60563766
K Berry & JGBC
Added: Feb. 13, 2016
You gave me a bouquet of roses on Feb. 14, 1964, our first Valentine's Day together. I still love you and I miss you terribly.|
Added: Feb. 14, 2013
Cheers! Grandpa I miss you--- your loving grandson|
Added: Jan. 31, 2013
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