June 21, 1928-Aug. 4, 2014
Llewellyn "Louie" Behles, 86, Garrison, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at the Benedictine Living Center, in Garrison.
Louie was born June 21, 1928, near the Endres community, east and north of Garrison, to Nicholas and Rose (Krebsbach) Behles. At the age of 2, his family moved south of Garrison, where Louie's dad worked at the Stephen's Mine. At age 14, his family moved to a farm 4 miles northwest of Garrison, where Louie would spend the rest of his life farming and raising a family.
Louie married Bertha Heppner on May 25, 1958, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Garrison. They lived on the family farm raising cattle and small grains, and their 10 children. Along with farming, in the late 1960s, he hauled rock that helped form the Snake Creek Embankment. A side job Louie also enjoyed was setting up pool tables in the area. Life changed for Louie and the kids when Bertha was tragically killed in a grain truck accident in the fall of 1978. Louie remained on the farm, and with help of his children, continued the farming operation. He retired from farming in 1993, whatever that meant, and spent time traveling. Even upon his "retirement," Louie spent much of his time on the farm, helping his sons with parts runs and other aspects of the farming operation. There wasn't a lot of time for many hobbies, but in his spare time, Louie enjoyed a good game of pool.
Louie is survived by: his children, Brenda (Larry) Thurn, Cindy (Bill) Shultz, Colette (Kelly) Giffey, Berna (Larry) Pope, Clarence (Darci) Behles, Beverly (Todd) Ellwein, Bruce Behles, Carol (Pete) Fletcher, Carmen (Dave) Roedocker and Corey (Cyndie) Behles; grandchildren, Jessica (Kevin) Huber, Dustin Thurn, Rebecca (Joe) Bender, Marc Shultz, Lindsay Shultz, Haidon Shultz, Curt Giffey, Emily Giffey, Erin Thuner, Caitlin Pope, Justin Behles, Julie Behles, Austin Ellwein, Kacey Ellwein, Luke Kolden, Nick Behles, Jacob Behles, Megan Fowler, Cassandra Fowler, Cole Fletcher, Maddi Fletcher, Seth Roedocker, Adam Roedocker, Casey Behles, Sarah Behles, Ally Behles and Coryssa Behles; great-grandchildren, David Huber, Dustyn Huber, Destinee Huber, Dawson Huber, Annabelle Huber, Kendall Dietz, Jaden Dietz, Thomas Bender, Ava Thuner, Berk Thuner, Alexis Kempf, Kyler Kolden and David Kolden; and great-great-grandchildren, Aiden Huber and Maebri Huber.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Bertha; sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine "Cis" and Marvin Betz; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held: Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Garrison.
A rosary will be said on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at the church.
Burial will be at: St. Nicholas Cemetery in Garrison.
Visitation will be held: Today, Thursday, from noon to 6 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.
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