Gene Behny


August 27, 1929 - September 8, 2013

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Gene Behny, 84, of North Manchester,Indiana died at 6:08 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. He was born August 27, 1929 in Miami County, Indiana to Milo and Lulu (Brock) Behny.

Gene was a 1947 graduate of Butler Township High School in Miami County. He was a miltary police officer in the US Army, during the Korean Conflict. He married M. Lavon Michel in the Wabash Church of the Brethren on September 26, 1951. He retired from North Central Co-Op LP department after 10 years, and also worked at Blue Flame LP, Scott's Landscaping, and hauled grain for Runkel Farms, all of North Manchester. Gene was a member of The Chapel, on West Hamilton Road, in Fort Wayne. He served 15 years on the Wabash County 4-H Fair Board and was a long time member of the Fairview Cemetery board of directors. He enjoyed working.

Gene is survived by his wife, M. Lavon Behny of North Manchester; 3 children, Cheryl (David) Basham of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Ronald (Lynne) Behny of North Manchester, and Janet Egolf of Rochester, Indiana; 8 grandchildren, Nathan (Emily) Behny of Warsaw, Indiana, Kelly (Chris) Fullerton-Kay and Patrick Fullerton, both of Fredericksburg, Kinsley Basham and Tori Basham, both of Harrisburg, North Carolina, Carrie Reed of North Manchester, Robin (Brian) Hershberger of Goshen, Indiana, and Betsy Reed of North Manchester and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 12, 2013, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Rick Hawks officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home

Preferred memorials are to: The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Rd. South, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814 or Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.