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Chester Behrman
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Chester T. Behrman, 86, of Evansville, passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at The VNA Charlier Hospice Center.
Chester was born in Indianapolis on February 22, 1924, the third son of Louis H. Behrmann and Marie (nee) Moeller. He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He was a graduate of Emmaus Lutheran School and Arsenal Technical High School, both in Indianapolis. After conclusion of a post-graduate year at Tech in which he served as assistant in the Radio Broadcasting classes, in 1942 he began a 35 year career in broadcasting, 11 years in radio and 24 years in TV.
He enjoyed writing radio drama and radio-TV documentaries, as well as his executive duties as program manager of several broadcast stations. In radio, Behrman produced two children's program series, "The Magic Hour" and "The Star Princess" and in TV, "Lunch with Uncle Dudley" and "Salt Creek Trolley." He also wrote radio dramas at WLW, Cincinnati, in the 1950's. An earlier program, "With Still Small Voice," was syndicated to more than 30 radio stations in the U.S. In 1978 he left broadcasting to enter computer programming, in his own business, The Program Manager. Over the next 11 years, he wrote computer programs for various companies primarily in the Midwest.
Behrman's first wife, Ruth Wheeler, also a broadcaster, died in 1992, after 40 years of marriage. In 1999, Behrman married Helen Weisbrod, whom he had known since childhood, in Indianapolis. Helen died in January, 2008. Since 1963, Behrman was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Darmstadt. He authored a book, "150 Christmases," a 150-year history of Trinity Lutheran Church; and the book received an award from the Concordia Historical Society.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Donald, who died in 2001 and Bertram, in 2008.
Chester is survived by his daughter, Dru Conner (Garre); son, Bryce Behrman (Melanie); stepdaughters, Debra Hill and Ruth Weisbrod; and grandchildren, Nathan, Lauren and Melanie Bracey, Jared and Nicholas Behrman.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 28, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Darmstadt, officiated by Rev. Bob Reinhardt with burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Alexander North Chapel and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Darmstadt.

Published in Courier Press on Jan. 26, 2011
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