Gerald V. Behr 1932 - 2015
ST. JOHN — Gerald V. ‘Yogi’ Behr, 83, died Aug. 8, 2015, at 83. Born on June 23, 1932, in Hoisington, he was the son of Vincent and Lily (Mater) Behr. In 1950, he graduated from Hoisington High School. On May 30, 1956, he was united in marriage to Kathleen ‘Boots’ Mayer, in Olmitz. She passed away on April 23, 2005. He was an avid Blood Donor (126 pints), and also enjoyed writing poetry. He was an Honor Guard for President Eisenhower’s Funeral at Abilene. He was an Honor Guard when Fort Larned became a National Historical site. He was involved in the first NHRA Nationals in 1955 at Great Bend. He was also a longtime Hunter Safety Teacher.
He was in the Army during the Korean War and received his Honorable Discharge in 1955. He continued to serve his country as a member of the Army Reserve until 1977. He is a member of Saint John the Apostle Catholic church, Odd Fellows, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus (a 4th degree Knight), and American Legion all of St. John, and 1st Life member of the VFW Post 7428 in Hoisington.
Survivors include a son, Carl and wife Nicki Behr and grandsons Logan and Landon, all of St. John; a daughter, Joyce and husband Bryan Urban and granddaughters Dayna and Allyson and grandson Kyler, all of Wichita; a brother Francis and wife Evelyn Behr of Hoisington; several nieces and nephews, other relatives; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Max of Oklahoma; and twin brother Jerome.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Saint John The Apostle Catholic Church with Father Floyd McKinney. Burial will follow at the Fairview Park Cemetery in St. John. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Rosary/Vigil service will be held 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church or The Wounded Warrior Project of Kansas, in care of the funeral home.
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PO Box 34
St. John, KS. 67576
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 11, 2015