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OBITUARY: James H. Behnke

James H. Behnke, age 79 of Brillion, passed away unexpectedly on March 13, 2019 due to a massive heart attack.

Survivors include his wife, Florence, their children, Tracey (Jerome) Levash, Debra (Donald) Kocourek, Corey (Dianne) Behnke, Connie (Joel) Koerth and Jill (Steve) Trochta, 12 grandchildren, Whitney (Chris) Meza, Carissa Levash (fiancé Cody Schultz), Monique (Donovan) Nelson, Brent Levash, Michael Kocourek, Andrew Kocourek (fiancé Cassie Wagner), Daniel Kocourek, Alex Behnke, Tyler Koerth (fiancé Bryce Shaner), Nicole Koerth, Kenzi and Brynn Trochta, 2 great grand children Beau and Blake Meza and one on the way. Jim is further survived by a sister, Karen Boettcher of Brillion, and 2 sisters-in-law, Carol (Roger) Matzke of Wrightstown and Ellen (Gary) Mirkos of Fox Point along with numerous nieces, nephews, and a lot of good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Milton and Lydia (Piepenburg) Fischer, 2 infant grandchildren, Matthew Kocourek and Megan Behnke, siblings and in-laws, Orlando “Butch” (Barbara) Behnke, Orville Behnke, Anita (Elton) Stichert, Betty (Delmar) Zarnoth, Ellen (Marvyn) Boettcher, Richard Doughty, Carol (Lloyd) Beyer and Leon Boettcher.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Brillion. The Rev. Mark Krueger will officiate. Burial will be in Brillion Community Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the church on Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and then again on Monday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

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