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June 22, 1948 – Sunday, February 13, 2011

Service Information
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester P
February 17, 2011
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Roger Elmer Behning, age 62, of Lester Prairie passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at his residence.

He was born on June 22, 1948 in Glencoe the son of Elmer & Betty Moravec Behning.

Roger was baptized on July 27, 1948 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on April 15, 1962 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Roger graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1966. He later attended Ridgewater College in Hutchinson for Machining Technology for two years.

He honorably served his Country in The Army National Guard from 1966-1972.

On October 23, 1971, Roger E. Behning and Carol F. Ackland were joined in holy marriage in Hutchinson. God blessed their marriage with three children.

Roger engaged in dairy farming on his family’s Century Farm for many years. He was also a machinist for fourteen years. Roger was the fourth generation to farm the homestead. In 1989, Roger and Carol were named “McLeod County Farm Family of the year.”

He was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie and through the years, served on various church boards. Roger also served on the Lester Prairie and Glencoe Elevator Board and belonged to The McLeod County Historical Society.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, playing sheephead and gardening.

Survived by his wife: Carol; children: Tammi Heimerl of Waconia and fiancé Jeff, Ryan (Tanya) Behning of Princeton and David (Melissa) Behning of Lester Prairie; grandchildren: Jacob, Alex, Riley, Jack, Tanner, Madelynn, Noah, Tyler and Justin; a sister: Barb of Arlington; three nephews: Grant (Jill), Doug and Brad; aunts: Marianne Breyer of Glencoe and Ruth Kuenzel of Shorewood; godparents: Dorothy LaMott of Silver Lake and Norman Benkowski of Lester Prairie; godchildren: Doug, Emily and Jill; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by parents: Elmer & Betty Behning, a godchild: Shannon Hope, grandparents: Herman & Bertha Behning and Joseph & Cecelia Moravec and by godparent: Roy Moravec.

Funeral services for Roger Behning will be held on Thursday, February 17th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Pastor David R. Erbel will officiate.

Interment St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 16th from 4-8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Prayer service will be held at 8:00 P.M.

Casket Bearers will be Grant Behning, Doug Behning, Brad Behning, Skylar Ackland, Curt Berry and Dean Larson.

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Virginia Brodd

    Dear Carol and family,
    We are so sorry to read of Roger’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of all of you during this time.
    Jim and Virginia Brodd

  2. David John Maxwell

    My name is Dave Maxwell. I was a co-worker of Roger at Entegris. When I started working 2nd shift at Entegris, Roger was one of the first people that I got to know. He and I talked almost daily. We talked about the Vikings, Gophers and Twins. We also talked about politics, fishing and our families. If I remember this right, there was a Rose Lake in Ottertail County that he took family vactions on. He talked about the big sunfish and crappies that he caught there. Roger worked hard at Entegris and he took pride in what he was doing. He always had a smile on his face, even when things weren’t going the way they should. I was saddened and somewhat shocked at the news of his passing. I always considered Roger to be a healthy, robust kind of guy, the old farmer type that lives to be 90 years old. I share your feelings of loss. My father-in law passed away in January, so I know what you are going through. I believe Roger was a good Christian and from working with him I feel he was a good man and you have my deepest condolences for your loss. Sincerely, David Maxwell

  3. Lisa & Rick Baumann

    To the Behning family, we express our deepest sympathies and will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.

  4. Theresa Schnoor

    Hi, my name is Theresa. I worked with Roger for many years at Entegris. He was always cracking jokes about different things. He was always a positive person to be around. He was a hard worker and it makes a persons day go well when you can work with someone as a team. Roger will be missed by me and his former co-workers at Entegris. My condolences to your family.
    Theresa Schnoor

  5. JoAnn Gueningsman

    Carol and family ,
    May love and hope heal your heart in this time of sadness.
    With Love and Sympathy.
    JoAnn Gueningsman

  6. Larry and Jeanette Hoof

    Our thoughts are with you and your family. Sharing in your grief and praying God will comfort you at this time. Our Deepest Sympathy.

  7. Joyce & Bob Mathews, Glencoe

    Carol, David, Ryan, Tammi and families:
    Bob and I just wanted to express our deepest sympathies to you as you mourn the loss of Roger, your husband, dad, grandpa and love of your lives. Carol, you are such a brave lady. Your courage and strength is to be admired. You know that Roger is in Heaven with the Lord above and knowing that is such a blessing in itself. Just remember Carol, you have such a wonderful family who will support you in everything. They love you! We will all miss Roger, but especially you. Keep the faith. If there is anything you ever need help with, just give us a call.

  8. Sheila Groskreutz

    Carol, I was saddened to hear of your news, know that I am thinking of you and your family. You are in my prayers

  9. Darrell & Faye Bruckschen

    Just wanted to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We always enjoyed visiting with Roger when we saw him.
    We are remembering you in our prayers.
    Take Care.

  10. Linda (Asplin) Vokaty

    I was so sorry to hear about your husband passing away. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers. It’s been a long time since high school, and when you’re feeling up to it, we should get together since we don’t live that far apart.
    Treasure all the good memories.

  11. Julie Dammann

    Carol, Tammy, Ryan, David and families;
    I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. You are all in our prayers.
    Again, I am so sorry to hear this sad news.
    Our truest condolences,
    Julie and Brian

  12. Sara and Gerald Fasching

    Carol and family,

    Not sure if you remember us. Gerald and his brother, Joel, purchased your cows many years ago and I knew you through 4-H activities.
    We just wanted to express our sympathies to your family and let you know that we are thinking of you during this time of loss.

    Sara (Donnay)& Gerald Fasching


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