M. Lavon Behny, 85

M. Lavon Behny, 85, of North Manchester died at 2:41 pm, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

She was born May 19, 1933 in Whitley County to Carl and Inez (Bruch) Michel.

Lavon was a 1951 graduate of Urbana High School. She married Gene Behny at the Wabash Church of the Brethren on Sept. 26, 1951; he died September 8, 2013. Lavon was a secretary at Manchester Community Schools several years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of The Chapel on West Hamilton Road in Fort Wayne. She enjoyed cross stitching and Indiana University basketball and football. 

She is survived by three children, Cheryl (David) Basham of Fredericksburg, Va., Ronald (Lynne) Behny of North Manchester, and Janet Egolf of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Nathan (Emily) Behny of Warsaw, Kelly (Chris) Fullerton-Kay of Fredericksburg, Patrick Fullerton of Columbia, S. C., Kinsley Basham of Harrisburg, N.C., Tori Basham of Charlotte, N.C., Carrie Reed of North Manchester, Robin (Brian) Hershberger of Goshen, and Betsy (Josh) Kiger of North Manchester; 19 great grandchildren; sister, Leanne (Jerry) Flinn; sister in law, Joan Michel, both of North Manchester, and her beloved dog, Mabel.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Robert  Michel.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2019 at Peabody Chapel, 400 W. 7th St., North Manchester, with Rick Hawks officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia.  Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main Street, North Manchester, and one hour prior to the service, Friday at Peabody Chapel.

Preferred memorial is The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road S., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814.

The memorial guest book for Lavon may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Apr 23