Funeral services for Lynn Behan, 68, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, in St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Minn. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church. Interment will take place in Lakeside Cemetery in rural Herman, Minn., at a later date.
Lynn Bradley Behan was born Nov. 17, 1944, in Wheaton Minn. He grew up in Norcross and graduated from Herman High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Army
in 1964 and was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, which marked the beginning of Lynn's lifelong passion for the 49th state.
In 1968, he began working as an officer for the Edina Police Department. He married Darlene Zimmerman in 1970 at St John's Lutheran Church in Wheaton, and his daughter, Angela, was born in 1972.
When he wasn't fishing for muskies in Minnesota or Canada lakes, Lynn was scheming and planning his family's permanent move to Alaska.
His dream became a reality in 1978, after serving 10 years on the Edina Police Department. He moved to the Kodiak, and started a job with the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Alaska State Troopers. The adventures never ceased. No amount of space could allow for the stories Lynn had from years of working in law enforcement in Alaska.
Time spent anywhere other than in the outdoors seemed pretty much wasted to Lynn. He thought a good tarp and a Swiss Army knife were all that were needed for most outdoor adventures. He loved Minnesota, but Alaska was his one true passion. Even when he was on an extraordinary hunting or fishing trip, he was already thinking about his next adventures. The man had plans.
Fondness and pride define Lynn's love for his grandchildren. Great joy came from experiencing the world with them. They traveled together from Lake of the Woods to Tokyo, London and Hawaii.
Unfortunately, time ran short for Lynn. His plans included bringing Emily and Mark on many more worldly adventures. His excitement to share his life with them will be sorely missed.
Lynn passed away July 17, 2013, after a difficult fight with pancreatic cancer at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Waconia, Minn.
He is survived by his daughter, Angela, son-in-law, Brad, and grandchildren, Emily and Mark, of Waconia, Minn.; brother, Jack Behan (Connie), of Herman, Minn; sister, Dianne Thoraldson, of Richfield, Minn.; sister-in-law, Corlys Behan, of Norcross, Minn.; and brother-in-law, Vern Tholund, of Vista, Calif.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; parents, Jack Behan and Bertha Behan Bates; sister, Barbara Tholund; brother, Jim Behan; and nephew, Troy Thoraldson.
Urn bearers are Jack Behan, Scott Behan, Ernie Bruetsch, Bill and RaeAnn Brown, Don Enger, Steve Fuller, Al Hassen, Randy Olson, Roger Olwin and Brad Rud.
Memorial donations may be made to Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home.