Gene Behny, 84, North Manchester, died at 6:08 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. He was born Aug. 27, 1929 in Miami County, to Milo and Lulu (Brock) Behny.
Gene was a 1947 graduate of Butler Township High School in Miami County. He was a military police officer in the US Army, during the Korean Conflict. He married M. Lavon Michel in the Wabash Church of the Brethren on Sept. 26, 1951. He retired from North Central Co-Op LP department after 10 years, and also worked at Blue Flame LP, Scott's Landscaping, and hauled grain for Runkel Farms, all of North Manchester.
Gene was a member of The Chapel, on West Hamilton Road, in Fort Wayne. He served 15 years on the Wabash County 4-H Fair Board and was a long time member of the Fairview Cemetery board of directors. He enjoyed working.
Gene is survived by his wife, M. Lavon Behny, North Manchester; three children, Cheryl (David) Basham, Fredericksburg, Va., Ronald (Lynne) Behny, North Manchester, and Janet Egolf, Rochester; eight grandchildren, Nathan (Emily) Behny, Warsaw, Kelly (Chris) Fullerton-Kay and Patrick Fullerton, both of Fredericksburg, Kinsley Basham and Tori Basham, both of Harrisburg, N.C., Carrie Reed, North Manchester, Robin (Brian) Hershberger, Goshen, and Betsy Reed, North Manchester and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six brothers.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Rick Hawks officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home
Preferred memorials are to: The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Rd. South, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814 or Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.
The memorial guestbook for Gene may be signed on-line at grandstaff-hentgen. com.