Obituary of Edward “John” Berryman
August 18, 2014
Edward “John” Berryman (aka Sgt. Berryman) passed away Aug. 13, 2014, in Grass Valley, Calif., with family at his side. He was 82.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2014, at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St., Grass Valley.
Born May 11, 1932 in San Francisco to Edward Russell Berryman and Amy Marguerite Berryman (nee Kelly), his family moved back to Grass Valley Dec. 6, 1941.
He attended Grass Valley elementary schools and graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1950. Later, he graduated from Placer College, was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society and went on to graduate from Sacramento State College in 1954.
John worked as an insurance inspector and private investigator most of his younger years, married Dorothy B. Price in June of 1953, was drafted into active duty in the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead) from 1955–1957 and in the reserves until honorably discharged in 1963.
John was a sergeant on the Grass Valley Police Department from 1966–1979, married Gail F. Nicholls in May of 1970, and then Josephine “Mikki” Petrea in Sept. of 1978.
He and his wife Mikki moved to Crescent City in 1991, where he lived for 21 years and was active in his church and community. He returned to Grass Valley earlier this year.
As a youth, John was a member of Cub Scouts and Grass Valley Chapter Order of DeMolay. He was a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge, past Master of Crescent Lodge #45 F&AM, Crescent City, Calif.; Past Worthy Patron of Del Norte Chapter #149 IOES, of Satellite Chapter #165 IOES Brookings, Ore., and of Curry Chapter #135, IOES Port Orford, Ore.
As a lifelong member of United Methodist Church, twice MYF president of GVUMC, he was a certified district lay-speaker, lay-leader and Conference Lay Minister.
John enjoyed singing, photography, theology and was a 72-year member of the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir. He sang in various choirs, light opera companies and chorales throughout his life.
He was considered by friends and family to be charming, sharp-minded, generous, charismatic, patient, compassionate and inspiring.
John is survived by his daughters, Janelle Berryman (Alex) Nosik, Christel Lopez-Berryman; Pedro Lopez-Berryman; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Alex Charles (Kim) Nosik, Daniel Alan (Michelle) Mapa, Kevin Wylie (Denise) Nosik, Jeremy Russell Mapa, Thomas Benjamin (Donné) Nosik, Cora Lynn Fritinger (Jerehmy) (nee Mapa), Robert Lee Nosik, Alejandro Lopez-Berryman and Elena Maria Lopez-Berryman; and 17 great grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, his aunt Sadie Whiting and uncle John E. Berryman.
Contributions can be made to disabled Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Heifer Project International, Interfaith Food Ministries, or Hospitality House/Utah’s Place (the local homeless shelter).