COLUMBIANA, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Claude A. Berry, Sr., age 85 of Columbiana, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center in Columbiana.

He was born on June 27, 1938, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Andrew Berry and the late Harriet Robinson Berry-Heaton.

Claude was a graduate of Beaver Falls High School.

He had worked as a plumber, owning and operating Berry Contracting. He was a hard worker who loved working with his hands. 

Claude enjoyed watching football and cheering on the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State Buckeyes. Mostly, Claude enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Elaine Powell Berry, whom he married on July 22, 2017; his daughter, Debbie (Dennis) Suderman of Melbourne, Florida; son, Chuck Berry of Washingtonville; stepson, Anthony (Heidi) Tribe of Girard, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Claude Berry, Jr.; one brother; one sister and a great- granddaughter, Claudia Eleanor.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana where memorial services will be held on at 5:00 p.m. with his son, Chuck Berry officiating.

Memorial donations may be made in Claude’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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A television tribute will air Tuesday, August 22 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.