Benjamin Carlton Barry passed on to his ancestors peacefully Sunday, September 12th, 2010. A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Sunday, September 26th, 2pm, at the Nevada
City Elks Building located at 518, Highway 49, Nevada City, CA.
Born in Shawmut California, September 25th,1924, "Ben" was a close descendant of the California Miwok tribe and was always proud of his Native American heritage. He and his children are registered California Native American Miwok Indians. He arrived in Nevada City with his family when he was five years old and has made Nevada City his home for 81 years. He loved Nevada City and some called him, "Mr. Nevada City". Ben dedicated his life to one of service. As a young man he helped support his mother and siblings by working in the Idaho Maryland, and other gold mines. He attended Kentucky Flat Elementary School on Newtown Road, Nevada City Elementary, then graduated from Nevada City High School.
He enlisted in the United States Marines Corps during World War Two, served four years in the South Pacific Theater, and became Sergeant in the first division infantry and artillery divisions. Ben was one of six survivors on a squad of over two hundred men in a winning battle on an island in the South Pacific.
After returning home at the end of the war, he attended Sierra College and graduated from Chico State. He married Lucerne Deloris Howton Barry in 1947 and was a devoted husband for 63 years of marriage. Together they raised five children. He was a vice principal and taught at Nevada Union High School for 37 years which included coaching freshman football and varsity wrestling. He loved sports and played City League Basketball well into his later years. He truly enjoyed being a Nevada City police officer during his summer breaks earlier in his career. Ben was a committed volunteer fireman for
the Nevada City Fire Department and served as Fire "Chief" for several years as well. He also served as
a Nevada City Councilman on committees creating vital improvements towards the integrity of Nevada
City's future such as the Gold Country freeway, underground utilities, the ban of neon lights, and the rejection of franchises within the downtown business district. He was a devoted husband and a loving and supportive father. After his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid walker frequently seen walking the streets of Nevada County. He always had a greeting for all he met and loved starting up a conversation telling people the history of Nevada City.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, James and Margarete Barry, brothers, Wesley Barry, Beverly (Bezz) Barry, sisters Myrtle Barry Johnson, Margarete Barry Jacobs, Jimzy Barry Day, and son
Donald Benjamin Barry.
Ben is survived by his loving wife Lucerne Deloris Howton Barry, brother, Thomas Barry, daughters
Cindy Barry Ellis and son-in law Butch Ellis, Cathy Barry Sasaki and son-in law Ronald Sasaki, son
Dennis Barry and daughter-in-law Susie Barry, and son Darin Barry and close friend Gordon Landon. He also has 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Ben had a full and memorable life and touched the lives of many.
He will be dearly missed.
His life was one of honor, service, and inspiration. Please join us to remember, celebrate,
and honor his life!
The Barry Family