William Martin Berry, 90
William Martin Berry of Mequon. Found peace on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the age of 90 years.
He was the dearly beloved husband of Julia (nee Vail); loving father of Peter D., the late William E. and the late Mary P. Sonntag; fond grandfather of William, Brent and Angela Berry. Bill was preceded in death by his dear brother, Edward H. Berry. He was born in Chicago to
William John Berry and Mary (Martin) Berry. He is further survived by nephews, cousins and treasured friends.
In his early business career in California he worked at Hughes Aircraft, TRW and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and later was treasurer and vice president of Litton Industries, Beverly Hills, 1961-74. During the Litton years he was president of Royal Typewriter Co., Hartford, Conn., and thanks to his fluency in French and German was given responsibility by Litton for several overseas businesses. He served on the boards of Adler Werke, Frankfurt, Germany, Triumph Werke,
Nuremberg, Germany, Silver Seiko, Tokyo and Imperial Typewriter Co., Leicester, England.
Bill moved to Milwaukee in 1974 as president of NN Corp. and later was named CEO and chairman. In Milwaukee, he served on the boards of the Marine Corp., Astronautics Corp. of America, American Medical Buildings, Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital, the UWM Foundation, Milwaukee Boys and Girls Clubs, the Milwaukee Symphony, Neighborhood House and others.
Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946 in the European and Pacific theaters of operation. As a 1st lieutenant platoon leader in the Corps of Engineers, he earned five Battle Stars. He was honored by the French government in 2002 for his service in France 1944 to 1945.
He was a member of the American Legion, Howard J. Schroeder Post, Mequon, the Milwaukee Club, the Milwaukee Country Club, the University Club, the Union League Club in New York City and the Hartford Club in Connecticut.
In retirement Bill took courses in computers and woodworking and joined group classes in French and German. The French class was especially close to his heart. He also loved reading and classical music and the dogs, Booty, Hack and Burleigh. His family will never stop missing him but are grateful that they had him for so many good years.
Friends may greet the family at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services, 10280 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, on Wednesday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to the time of memorial services at 11:15 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Milwaukee Country Club.
Memorials to Stars & Stripes Honor Flight, P.O. Box 636, Port Washington WI 53074 or Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee, attn. Erin Neary, 1800 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood WI 53211 would be deeply appreciated in lieu of flowers.
Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mequon is serving the family. For online condolences, visit www.schmidtandbartelt.com.