Donald â€śDonâ€ť L. Berry, 85, of Trenton, N.D., died Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at the CHI St. Alexius Health in Williston, N.D.
He was born April 14, 1937, to Stephen and Buelah (Bliven) Berry in Racine, Wisc. They later moved to Fairview, where he attended East Fairview School finishing eighth grade.
In 1959, he joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He served proudly for just under two years before his honorable discharge in May 1961.
He married Vivian St Pierre on Nov. 16, 1963, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview. They were married for 47 years until her death in 2010. They shared a love of decorating their yard for all the holidays. They had two daughters, Charlene in 1964 and Connie in 1966. The family lived in Trenton, N.D., where Don was a â€śJack-ofall- trades.â€ť He spent most of his life as a car mechanic, but had his hand in many different trades and industries.
He had many passions in life with many hobbies. He could not stay in one place for very long and always had to be doing something or going somewhere. He was either tinkering on a car, working with wood, building something, or going for a drive down a dirt road. He was a talented woodworker and built many custom pieces for friends and family. He especially liked making farm implements and helping his grandsons with their 4-H woodworking projects.
He was involved with many community groups and donated his time and services to the Moose Lodge # 239 of Williston, N.D., American Legion Hall of Williston and the Culbertson Saddle Club just to name a few. He enjoyed camping, playing horseshoes, attending rodeos and shucking corn.
He is survived by his daughters, Charlene Gustavson of Donnybrook, N.D., and Connie Idland of Circle; three grandsons; and sister, Dorothy Calicchio of Milwaukee, Wisc. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian; and brothers, Steve, Art and George Berry.
His funeral was held Friday, Sept. 16, at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Williston. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery in Fairview with full military honors.