Ivan W. Berryman


(Aug. 8, 2004)

A celebration of the life of Ivan W. Berryman, who died Sunday, Aug. 8 at Powell Valley Hospital, will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church. He was 83.

He was born June 14, 1921, on a Deaver homestead, son of Walther and Lena E. (Durland) Berryman. He attended school in Deaver and spent three years at the University of Wyoming before joining the army infantry during World War II.

He met and married Faith Elizabeth Ames on Dec. 12, 1942, at Salt Lake City, Utah. After a medical discharge, he worked in the civil service, repairing 50-caliber machine guns for the Air Force until the war ended.

He worked for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad for 41 years in Powell and Cody.

He was a 61-year member of the American Legion. He was also a member of VFW and a member of the Rod and Gun Club where he was a riflery instructor for 25 years.

He was a craftsman who created handmade knives, black powder rifles and powerhorns. He won numerous shooting competitions with his own handmade rifles. He was well known as a horseman and roped calves in 20 to 25 rodeos a year til the age of 62.

He raised two daughters alone after the death of his first wife in 1953. In 1966, he married Betty Norskog Rice. She brought five children to the union.

Survivors include seven children, Rita Blackwood of Denver, Sheri Simpson of Powell, Allen Rice of Casper, Nancy Barnett of Carlsbad, N.M., Bernie Rice and Mike Rice of Rangely, Colo., and Marie Holdsworth of Powell; a sister, Velta Ellis of Lovell; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty and sister Velma Kessel.