In Memory Of
Berry, Paul G. who passed away on 3/2/2021 at the age of 72
Paul was born on October 27th, 1948 to Harry and Joan Berry, and was the
oldest of five siblings. He grew up on a farm near Madrid, IA where he
was involved in 4H club and Boy Scouts of America. Paul graduated from
Madrid High School in 1966, and then joined the Navy where he served as
corpsman until 1970. He served in the Vietnam war from 1968-1969.
He attended Iowa Methodist School of Nursing from 1971 to 1973. Where he began his nursing career at Mercy Hospital from 1973 to 1975 before he re-enlisted in the Navy Nurse Corps. In the following years he served in Navy hospitals all over the world. While in the service, he went on to gain his Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1987, where he graduated from University of Florida. He was a fan of football and loved his alma mater, the Florida Gators and the Green Bay Packers. He was retired from the US Navy on October 22nd, 1991, having achieved the rank of Lieutenant. He was very proud of his time in the service, helping soldiers and being a leader to them.
At Living History Farms in 1994 Paul married Pat, making their home in Urbandale, Iowa and blending their families together. He was a Boy Scout Leader and had earned his Wood badge. He spent his free time supporting his children, by attending soccer games, ballet recitals, and Boy Scout camping trips. After his retirement from the Navy, Paul worked at Heart and Vascular Care as a registered nurse. He took a Health Facility Surveyor position for the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals in 1996. He fully retired in 2001 and finally had the time to continue with his hobby of wood working. He spent his days trying to win the lotto, "kicking tires," and explore the world around him. He enjoyed outdoor photography and made many trips across the country taking photos of everything from Yellowstone to the Arches National Park. He enjoyed camping and was an active member of the Heart of Hawkeye Good Sam Camping Club. He also enjoyed camping at the Iowa State Fair every year. He won several ribbons in woodworking at the Iowa State Fair. Paul was a member of the South Gate Masonic Lodge for many years. He was also a member of American Legion post 0663 in Urbandale. One of his favorite things in life was the time he spent with his children, six grandchildren, and following his wife, Pat, at the Iowa State Fair.
Paul is survived by his loving wife Pat, son Scott Berry of Kansas City, MO, son Robby Hatch (fiance Kyra Husen and daughter Norah) of Des Moines, IA, and daughter Sarah Brunney (husband Robert and children Hailey, Robert, Samantha, Alexis, and Kyra) of Fort Rucker, AL, brothers David (Georgette) Berry of Tucson, AZ, Alan (Brenda) Berry of Tucson, AZ, Carl (Kimberly) Berry of Portsmouth, VA, and sister Joyce (Berry) Christianson of Madrid, IA, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Joan Berry.