The Rev. Morgan Berry, a well-known pastor, died Sept. 17 at age 89.
"Los Banos has lost a great, great guy," said daughter Janis Huckaby.
Berry was born April 24, 1922, in Cynthiana, Ky., where he grew up and later met wife June, who died two months to the day prior to Berry.
Berry joined the Army in 1940 and served as a C-47 pilot. His squadron flew over Normandy on D-Day, where he dropped paratroopers behind enemy lines. He was discharged in 1945.
Huckaby said Berry continued to enjoy flying after leaving the Army.
Berry graduated from Kentucky's Georgetown College in 1950 and New Orleans Baptist Seminary in 1952.
He served in churches in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.
Berry moved to Los Banos in 1966 and headed Calvary Baptist Church for three years. In 1974, he moved his pastoring duties to Chapel of the Fellowship in Santa Nella, where he remained for 16 years.
Huckaby said her father oversaw more than 800 weddings and 500 funerals in his time on the Westside.
He served as a chaplain for 25 years.
"He was a true man of God; he ministered to anybody and everybody," Huckaby said.
Berry retired as a pastor in 1990 and began driving a school bus, which he did for 19 years.
Helene Mitchell said Berry conducted her wedding ceremony in Los Banos. She also remembered him as "Pops," who drove her to school on the bus.
"He always had a big smile on his face and a hug waiting," Mitchell said.
She called Morgan and June Berry the perfect couple. The couple would have been married 69 years next month.
Diana Ingram, who knew Berry for 20 years, said he was "a teddy bear of a man who loved everybody."
"Most people who have lived in this town for very long know him," Ingram said.
Ingram said Berry had a homespun sense of humor and loved to tell stories.
She said his lasting legacy was his faith and treatment of others.
"You knew you could count on him," Ingram said.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos