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Milford John Behrens, 95

March 19, 1921 to March 7, 2017

Milford John Behrens, 95, of rural Manlius died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Liberty Village in Princeton.

The son of Carl F. Behrens and Mina Stier Behrens, he was born March 19, 1921. He was a lifelong farmer, who started driving a team of horses for farm work at age 14. He assisted his father with farming by hand and with horses until he entered into World War II in 1943. During the war he served with the 879th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion as a heavy equipment operator in the CBI Theater, constructing air fields in India and Burma for American planes to land. Upon returning home from the war, he pursued a career in farming.

On April 4, 1946, he married Lola Newman, originally from Kirkwood, Ill., who had been a teacher at Manlius High School. They had two children, James (Anita) of Urbandale, Iowa, and Jane Anne (Eric) Hunley of Dallas, Texas. Milford has four grandchildren, Ian and Christopher Hunley, Stephanie (Ross) Laird and Bradley Behrens, and two great-grandchildren.

Milford loved God and was very active in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manlius, where he had served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, and church council president. He was also active in the community, having served as a 4-H leader of the local club for several years, he was president and active in the Manlius Cemetery Board, and Manlius Lions Club. After retirement from farming he enjoyed driving horses in area parades.

He is survived by a sister, Beulah Nelson; a sister-in-law, Lillian Vice; and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lola (1992); a sister, Margaret Jaquet (2007); a brother, Alvin (2015); two sisters who died in infancy; a 5-year-old brother, Elmer; and a dear friend, Sadie Thompson.

Service/Memorial Information

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manlius followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Dan Stalker officiating. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery with military rites accorded by Wyanet VFW Post 6634.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church of Manlius, the Manlius Rescue Squad or the Manlius Cemetery.

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  • candle"Dear Jim, Anita & family,
    Your dad was a nice man, I will always remember the Behrens family as good neighbors and remember seeing Milford at the Lutheran Church, every Sunday.
    You have my deepest sympathy."
    Tribute from: Babette Larson Willmott
    March 11, 2017
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  • prayer"To Anita and family - sending deepest sympathies to you in the passing of your loved one. It sounds like he had a wonderful life with lots of cherished memories. Blessings and comfort to all at this time and peace knowing he is finally home."Tribute from: Faith Camp
    March 10, 2017
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  • lily"Sincerest sympathy on the passing of your father and grandfather. Milford was a family friend of several generations of the Edlefsons. We will remember him so fondly."Tribute from: Carla Edlefson
    March 10, 2017
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  • prayer"Sending my deepest condolences Jim, Anita and family"Tribute from: Linda Erdman Redden
    March 9, 2017
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