The Curry Coastal Pilot

Edward Lee "Ed" Berry

Aug. 8, 1954-Feb. 4, 2014

Longtime logger and commercial fisherman of Brookings, Edward Lee "Ed" Berry passed away Feb. 4, 2014, at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach.

He was born in La Grande on Aug. 8, 1954, to Cleve Lee and Lita Turnbow Berry.

At the age of nearly 2, his family moved from Joseph to Brookings. From attending Brookings-Harbor High School he enlisted April 25, 1972, for three years in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on May, 24, 1975.

He recently followed his father's steps and became a proud member of the Brookings Elks Lodge 1934. Some of Ed's pleasures throughout his life were when he rode Brahma bulls at the NRA and CCA rodeos at Orick, Fort Brag, Fortuna, Gold Beach and at other Northwest locations.

His time spent in the Great Outdoors was happiest when he was logging or commercial fishing. In recent years he challenged life with climbing and cutting "danger trees" with his chain saws in the woods and around friend's homes.

He spent time mushrooming and camping with close friends. Through the years he and his friends have had many jam sessions where he played the guitar; his choice was Country Western music.

During his life he spent time outside of Curry County. He lived at Lostine and Wallowa, where he enjoyed the Eagle Cap Wilderness area. In the early 1980s, he worked in "the woods" in the Gumboot, Imnaha area near the Idaho border and the Snake River. He also adventured to Alaska in 2001 for several years where he worked as a commercial fisherman at oyster farming and digging clams; he also was employed in the lumber industry, working in snow and ice near Ketchikan.

Since 2007, his interest in experimental horticulture produced interesting tobacco plants, banana trees, lemons, potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes, artichokes and sunflowers. He delighted in watching plants grow; his nasturtiums were a bright bed of color.

Ed's deep love for his family was displayed 24/7.

Survivors include his daughter Tasha Berry-Gasche (Russell) of Bend; brother Daniel Berry, (Tena), mother Lita Inman, niece Fran Keith and son Chris, all of Brookings; uncle Duane Berry and aunt Charlene Berry of Imbler; nieces Shannon Chambers (Steven), stepdaughter Hailey of Creswell, and Jessica Sargent (Wayne) of Brookings; grandsons Caden and Cole Gasche of Bend.

Celebration of Life at the Brookings Elks Club for Ed was held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

Submitted by the family.