Milford Behrens

Last Updated on March 8th, 2017

Written by Kendra Tillman

Milford John Behrens, 95, of rural Manlius, died Tuesday, March 7, at Liberty Village, Princeton, IL. The son of Carl F. Behrens and Mina Stier Behrens, he was born on March 19, 1921. He was a lifelong farmer, who started driving a team of horses for farm work at age 14. He assisted his father with farming by hand and with horses until he entered into World War II in 1943. During the war he served with the 879th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion as a heavy equipment operator in the CBI Theater, constructing air fields in India and Burma for American planes to land. Upon returning home from the war, he pursued a career in farming.

On April 4, 1946, he married Lola Newman, originally from Kirkwood, IL, who had been a teacher at Manlius High School. They had two children, James (Anita) of Urbandale, IA, and Jane Anne (Eric) Hunley of Dallas, TX. Milford has four grandchildren, Ian and Christopher Hunley, Stephanie (Ross) Laird, and Bradley Behrens, and two great-grandchildren.

Milford loved God and was very active in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manlius, where he had served as Sunday school teacher and Superintendent, and Church Council President. He was also active in the community, having served as a 4-H leader of the local club for several years, he was President and active in the Manlius Cemetery Board, and Manlius Lion’s Club. After retirement from farming he enjoyed driving horses in area parades.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lola, (1992) a sister, Margaret Jaquet (2007), a brother, Alvin (2015), two sisters who died in infancy, a five-year old brother, Elmer, and a dear friend, Sadie Thompson. He is survived by a sister Beulah Nelson, sister-in-law Lillian Vice, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church of Manlius, the Manlius Rescue Squad, or the Manlius Cemetery. Visitation for Milford will be Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. at the church, with Pastor Dan Stalker officiating. Burial will be in Manlius Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by Wyanet VFW, Post #6634.