Glen W. Behrens, 96, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, died Monday (June 2, 2014) at the Simpson Health Center at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge.
Glen Waldo Behrens, the son of Waldow and Albertina Licht Behrens, was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Deer Creek Township, Iowa, the oldest of four children.
He attended Trinity Lutheran School in Deer Creek Township and Clare High School. He joined the Iowa National Guard in January 1941. Following the outbreak of war he served overseas 38 months. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and a Bronze Star
. After returning from the war, he worked for various employers, including 15 years for National Gypsum and 16 years for the city of Fort Dodge, retiring in 1980.
On Nov. 18, 1945, Glen married Fern Adele Trost. Fern died on July 9, 1975. On Sept. 4, 1976, he married Deloris (Schulze) Askelson. She died Dec. 17, 2011.
Glen is survived by his five children, Donna (Rev. Larry) Troxel of Quincy, Shirley (Marvin) Morrison of Urbandale, Iowa, David (Mary) Behrens of Lester Prairie, Minn., Ronald (Becky) Behrens of Tiffin, Iowa, Mark (Sandra) Behrens of Westminster, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Rita (Henry) Milberger of Fort Dodge, Sue (Bill) Busacker of Loveland, Colo., and Pat (Mark) Thompson of Fort Dodge; 15 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Biggs of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives.
Glen was also preceded in death by his parents, one stillborn son; his brother, Don Behrens; one sister, Lucille Blomgren, and one great-granddaughter, Anna Leah Borg.
SERVICES: 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge,with Rev. Lyle Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Dodge with full military honors by the VFW
Post No. 1856 and the Iowa Army National Guard.
VISITATION: 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 5, in the Tompkins Celebration Center at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge and from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.
MEMORIALS: The Lutheran Hour, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Friendship Haven, or the donor's choice.
ARRANGEMENTS: Gunderson Funeral Home, Fort Dodge