A memorial service for David Behrends, 66, of Graettinger will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. Burial is in Graettinger Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger.
David Behrends was born Aug. 3, 1943 on the family farm near Ringsted, the son of Harvey and Marcella (Knudson) Behrends. He attended Ringsted Schools. On Dec. 30, 1978, David was united in marriage to Ellen (Starnes) at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger.
David worked in construction, building steel buildings for many years. He also worked in manufacturing, retiring from Shaver Manufacturing. David enjoyed everything about the outdoors especially, deer hunting and fishing. David was a devoted father and grandfather. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren, instilling in them a love for the outdoors which they were able to share with him.
On July 25, 2010, David passed away at his home in Graettinger.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Ellen of Graettinger; mother, Marcella Jellema; children: Lonnie and Rondy Behrends both of Arizona, Candy Suwalski of Spencer, Dave and John Cole both of Graettinger, Michelle Hall and husband Jeff of West Bend, Rich Behrends and wife, Jessica and Terry Behrends and wife, Kristi all of Graettinger; sisters: Janice Onnen of Hinton, Diana Tirevold and husband, Tom of Sioux Falls, S.D., Pearl Adolf and husband, Gail of Odessa, Minn. and Caroline Garoutte of Ringsted; brothers: Steven of Ringsted, Gerry and wife, Sherry of Wallingford and Monty of Worthington; 10 grandchildren: Gem, Damian and Haley Suwalski; Ashlyn and Shaelee Cole; Grant and Landon Hall; Lauren, Megan and Michelle Behrends.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Ronald.