Urban "Shorty" Behrman|
Shorty Behrman, 90, of Albers, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Aviston Countryside Manor.
Shorty was a long time resident and tavern owner in Albers, Ill. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. He married Dorothy Billhartz in 1949.
Shorty's parents, Anton and Catherine Behrman, opened Behrman's Tavern in 1934. Shorty took over in 1954 and operated the business for more than 33 years. Today, the legacy of Shorty's Tavern continues as the oldest family run tavern in Illinois.
Shorty was recently honored as a 70 year member of the American Legion Post in Albers. He was also a member of the Albers Commercial Club, past president and member of the Clinton County Tavern Owners Association, a member of St. Bernard Parish, and St. Bernard Men's Sodality.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Catherine; his sister and brother-in-law, Bernadine and Bernard Frankovich; his brother-in-law, Del Huegen; grandson, Justin Brandmeyer; and great-grandson, Grayson Timmerman.
With his devoted wife of 66 years, Shorty and Dorothy raised eight children. Their children are Gary Behrman of St. Louis, Mo., Barb (Tom) Brandmeyer of Albers, Ill., Glen "Shorty" (Theresa) Behrman of Albers, Ill., Clyde "Balls" (Peggy) Behrman of Albers, Ill., Cindy (Mike) Korte of Germantown, Ill., Brenda Isert of Weldon Springs, Mo., Kevin (Vicky) Behrman of St. Louis, Mo., and Kris (Rick) Crane of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Shorty and Dorothy's legacy continues through their 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Shorty's sister, Eleanor Huegen resides in Albers.
Memorials may be made in Shorty's honor to St. Bernard Catholic Church or Mater Dei Catholic High School and will be received at Nordike Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left to the Behrman family by visiting www.nordikefuneralhome.com
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Nordike Funeral Home, Albers, Ill.
Funeral: A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers, Ill. Full military honors will follow mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church. A reception will be held at the Albers American Legion following the services.
NORDIKE FUNERAL HOME, Albers, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 12, 2016