Oct 15, 2010
by WLJ

Dorance Clayton “D.C.”Berry Dorance Clayton “D.C.” Berry, 92, of Cheyenne, WY, passed away Oct. 10, 2010, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Berry was born March 8, 1918, on his family’s homestead north of Cheyenne, a son of the late Jay C. and Mary (Bevan) Berry.

Berry attended a one-room country school with four other boys. He then attended Cheyenne High School and was a member of the ROTC. He graduated from high school in 1936 and enrolled at the University of Wyoming for one year on a Union Pacific Scholarship.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 1, 1942, at F.E. Warren. He served in Gen. Mark Clark’s 5th Army Field Artillery in North Africa and Italy during World War II. On Feb. 19, 1944, he was severely wounded during one of the bloodiest battles of the Italian campaign in Monte Cassino and spent the next 11 months recovering in numerous hospitals. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Middle East Medal and numerous other battle stars. He was very proud of his military service and was honorably discharged in 1944.

For most of his life, Berry was actively involved in the Hereford industry.

During the ’20s and ’30s, he participated in 4-H, where he showed fat steers and won two State Champion Livestock Judging Team titles. He was also actively involved in FFA. In 1935, Berry, his father and two brothers purchased some registered Hereford heifers from F.F. Cykendall Ranch in Roggen, CO, which was their beginning in the purebred cattle business. Following his and his brothers’ return from the war, The Berry’s Herefords was officially incorporated and their ranch held an annual bull sale from 1941-1980, when the entire herd was sold and the corporation was dissolved.

He married Dorothy (DuVall) Berry on Dec. 4, 1946, at First Baptist Church in Cheyenne. They lived on the ranch north of Cheyenne until 1985 when they moved to town. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cheyenne, the American Legion Post No. 6, the Disabled American Veterans, and The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter No. 008.

D.C. is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Berry of Cheyenne; three sons, Don Berry and wife, Patty, of Cheyenne, Dave Berry of Horse Creek, and Ty Berry and wife, Valerie, of Cheyenne; his daughter, Sue Ford and husband, Randy, of Cheyenne; his sister, Mary Wells and husband, Elton, of Torrington; 10 grandchildren, Ryan Ford, Travis Ford, T.C. Berry and wife, Kim, Jeff Berry, Brett Berry, Colby Berry, Karen Daily and husband, Miles, Cameron Berry, Joshua Berry and Hadley Berry; and two great-grandchildren, Tate and Cooper Berry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Jim and Marvin Berry.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, Oct. 15 at First United Methodist Church and Military Honors followed the service. Cremation will take place at Schrader’s Sunset Park Crematory.

Expressions of sympathy in D.C.’s memory may be made to the Honor Flight Wyoming, P.O. Box 1143, Cheyenne, WY 82003, or to the Meals-on-Wheels, 2015 South Greeley Highway, Cheyenne, WY 82007. Condolences may be offered to the family online by going to www.