Wallace B. Behnke, Jr.
February 5, 1926 - January 11, 2022
West Columbia, South Carolina - Wallace passed peacefully at home with family at his side on January 11th. Born February 5, 1926, in Evanston, IL to Wallace Blanchard Behnke and Dorothea Eliza Bull Behnke. Graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Science (1945) and Electrical Engineering (1947). He served in the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He married Joan Fortune Murphy of Kenilworth, IL on September 24, 1949 and raised three children; Susan, Ann, and Thomas.
Wallace began his career at Chicago's Commonwealth Edison Co., retiring as Vice Chairman (1989). During his tenure, he was head of the Project Management Corporation which oversaw the design and construction of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project in Tennessee. He was very active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received several distinguished awards and sat on numerous boards.
Wally (W9OUY) was a wonderful father, an avid ham radio operator and loved sailing, golf, bird hunting and bridge.
Wallace was predeceased by his beloved wife Joan Fortune Murphy Behnke; his great granddaughter, Evelyn "Evie" Grace Jones; brother, Gordon Charles Behnke and wife, Jean.
He is survived by his daughters, Ann Blanchard Behnke, Susan Fortune Behnke Jones, her two sons, James Black Jones IV and wife, Suzanne Webb Jones; daughter, Miriam Virginia, and Stephen Jacob Jones and wife, Heather Taylor Jones, and children, Harrison Taylor, Wallace BE, and Penelope Lee. He is also survived by his son, Thomas Wallace Behnke and wife, Theresa Wallace Behnke, and son John Wallace Behnke and wife, Anna Dalton Behnke; daughter, Lindsey Marie Behnke; his nephew, William C. Behnke and wife, Sandra Sedor Behnk, and family and his niece, Nancy Behnke Dickerman and her husband, James Dickerman, and their family.
We would like to thank the staffs at the Still Hopes Community and Prisma Hospice for their dedicated service. There will be a private family funeral at the St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Lexington.
Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to the Residents Fund, Still Hopes Retirement Community, P.O. Box 2959 West Columbia, SC 29169. Shives Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com
Published by The State on Jan. 16, 2022.