Harold E. Behrens

 

 

Harold E. Behrens, 99, of Tomah died March 20, 2019, at Mayo Hospital in Sparta, a week short of his 100th birthday.

He was born to Ernest and Mary (Richards) Behrens on March 27, 1919, in the town of Tomah. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Tomah. He was united in marriage to Virginia R. (Baumbach) Van Dyke on Oct. 18, 1975, in Kenosha. She preceded him in death April 24, 2007.

He had been a bachelor for 56 years, but upon his marriage to Ginny, he became a father and grandfather. 

He worked as an auto worker for more than 30 years at American Motors, until his retirement in January1981. Prior to going to Kenosha, he worked as a farmer in the Tomah area.

He enjoyed extensive travel, especially to the Western states, and enjoyed trips to Alaska and Hawaii with his wife. Many family members and friends benefited from his love of travel, as someone always accompanied him, even prior to his marriage. He loved photography also and took many slides, which he delighted in sharing with family and friends. In his later years, he was fond of nature programs, Travelogs, and watching the Grand Ole Opry.

He was a member of the Local 72 Rifle and Pistol Club, Local 72 Retirees and KeNasha Club. 

He was a faithful member of the WELS, belonged to Friedens Ev. Lutheran Church and was a past and present member of St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church in the town of Clifton.

Harold was a gentleman, was easy going and “had a play-the-cards-your-dealt type of attitude.” He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Garilyn (Don) Ellis of Fitchburg, Wis.; a stepson, Bruce (Barbara) Van Dyke of Kenosha; seven grandchildren, Julie (James) Thaxton, Diane (Thomas) Hession, John Ellis, Jennifer (James) French, Christopher Van Dyke, Jeffry Van Dyke, and Nichole (Gilberto) Escalera; 13 great-grandchildren; nephew and godson Darrell (Suzanne) Zietlow; and nieces Joan Byrne, goddaughter Frances (Bernie) Kubista, Myrna (Randy) Winter, Lory (Tom) Eckelberg, and Nancy Prell. He is also survived by many great-nieces, great-nephews, and two great-great-grandchildren as well as other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was further preceded in death by his wife; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Boyd Zietlow and Inez and Wilbert Prell; and a nephew, Dale Prell.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30032 County Hwy. A, Indian Creek, town of Clifton, rural Tomah. Pastor Robert Gerke will officiate. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home in Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.

Comments are closed.

  • Jeanette B. Pollard

    February 14th, 2020
    by

    Jeanette B. Pollard, 85, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Sylvan Crossings in Waunakee, Wis.


    Florence L. Krause

    February 14th, 2020
    by

    Florence L. Krause, 89, of Sparta and formerly of Tomah passed away Feb. 12, 2020, with her loving family by her side at Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center in Sparta.


    Donald D. Kortbein

    February 14th, 2020
    by

    Donald D. Kortbein, 84, of Tomah passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Serenity House in Tomah.


    Clarice (Tress) Elizabeth Bunk (full obituary)

    February 11th, 2020
    by

    Clarice (Tress) Elizabeth Bunk, a resident of Wilton, Wis., died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Eagan, Minn., after a long battle with cancer.


    Vernon “Dean” Chapman

    February 11th, 2020
    by

    Vernon “Dean” Chapman, 79, of rural Wonewoc, Wis., passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at his home, surrounded by family.


  • Clarice “Tress” Bunk

    February 10th, 2020
    by

    Clarice “Tress” Bunk, 83 of Wilton died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at her home.


    Kayla Doris Raines (full obituary)

    February 4th, 2020
    by

    Kayla Doris Raines, 35, of La Crosse, formerly of Ontario, is now free from her drug addiction and went to be with her Lord on Jan. 17, 2020.


    Alan J. Melby (full obituary)

    February 4th, 2020
    by

    Alan J. Melby, 68, died Dec. 31, 2019, at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, with his wife, Loriann, at his side.


    Jimmy (Jim) David Curtis

    February 4th, 2020
    by

    Jimmy (Jim) David Curtis, 87, of Ontario died Feb. 3, 2020, at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.


    Stacy Raymond Dobbs

    January 28th, 2020
    by

    Stacy Raymond Dobbs of Ontario passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, after nearly 92 wonderful, adventure-filled years on this earth.


    Kayla Doris Raines

    January 21st, 2020
    by

    Kayla Doris Raines passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2020, in La Crosse.


  • Archives