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John Arthur Behrendt, age 88, of Erie, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the Millcreek Manor.
He was born in Irvington, New Jersey on October 9, 1924. He was the son of the late John F. and Frances Olivia (Froehlich) Behrendt.
He served in the U. S. Army during WWII
, the Air Force during the Korean Conflict
and then the Air Force Reserve. He was employed as a salesman and in the management of Amman Brothers, Dailey Chevrolet, Meadow Croft Dodge and Knobloch Oldsmobile, retiring in 1988. John was a well-known artist. He was the Co-Founder and Past President of Presque Isle Artists Association. He was also well known for making gun stocks as a gunsmith, and reloading the shells. He was a member of St. George Church for 47 years, where he volunteered in the Food Pantry. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a member of the Sons of Lake Erie. He was a life-time member of the East Erie Turners. He enjoyed traveling and camping, and in 1988, he built a camper out of a Winnebago van!
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Paul and Fred Behrendt.
He is survived by his wife, Helen M. (Walsh) Behrendt, whom he married on November 23, 1946. He is further survived by a son, John Anthony Behrendt, of Erie; three sisters, Louise Pakulski (Frank), and Romana Cook, all of Erie, Joan Peters of Sun City, Arizona, and a brother, Robert Behrendt. of Wickenburg, Arizona.
The family would like to gratefully thank the staff at Millcreek Manor and Asera Care Hospice for the care and loving support provided to them at this time of need.
Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend a prayer service at the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. George Church at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Catholic Charities, 329 W. 10th St., Erie, PA 16502, Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 West 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie, PA 16501 or St. George Church, 5145 Peach St., Erie, PA 16509. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Published in the Erie Times-News on July 16, 2013