June 22, 1948 – Sunday, February 13, 2011
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester P
February 17, 2011
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.