Lee Short Berry Jr.May 28, 1923 ~ November 20, 2017 (age 94)
Lee was born in South Dakota to Lee and Grace (Zenor) Berry. After serving in WWII, Lee married Betty Lou Chapman, in 1946, and they had three sons. Lee retired from General Telephone Co., where he worked as a telephone lineman and later as a project draftsman.
Lee married Verna M. Nasman (nee Duddles), in 1971. They were married for over 30 years until Verna’s death in 2002. They resided in Parkrose, in northeast Portland, where Lee was an active member of Parkrose Community Church (UCC), serving as a deacon and a trustee. He enjoyed travel, golfing with friends, dining out, visiting with relatives, and holidays with grandchildren.
Lee served in WWII as a B-17 crew member. "Among his distinctions was the completion of twenty-five successful missions over Europe, for which he received recognition as one of the Army airmen surviving a full tour of duty." At the age of 87, Lee joined 46 other Oregon WWII veterans in a trip to Washington, DC, sponsored by Honor Flight, an organization of volunteers honoring veterans for their service and sacrifice. His visit to the war memorials and the U.S. Capitol was noted in the Congressional Record in September 2011.
For the last 14 years of his life Lee’s constant companion was Mary Morris. Most recently they were enjoying their life together at the retirement community of Russellville Park, in southeast Portland.
Lee is survived by his sons, Dan, Ron, and Dave; sister, Mary Ardis; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Lee is buried at Willamette National Cemetery.