Daryl Behnke, 72, of Readlyn, Iowa, died Sept. 24, 2018, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.
Daryl Fred Behnke was born June 19, 1946, in Hampton, Iowa, to Frank Robert Behnke and Viola Anne Balgeman Behnke. He grew up in Latimer, Iowa, and Minneapolis. He graduated from Concordia Academy in 1964. He then attended Concordia-St. Paul, graduating in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He married Kathryn Emma Otto of Readlyn, Iowa, on June 19, 1971, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Klinger, Iowa.
Daryl Behnke began a teaching career at Immanuel in Marshfield, Wis., and several other schools, including as teacher at Community Lutheran School in Klinger, Iowa, and Denver Elementary in Denver, Iowa. In the early 1980s, he left teaching to pursue a career in insurance, securities and financial advising. He also tended to a 120-acre farm near Readlyn, Iowa.
On the farm, Daryl and Kathy raised three children - Tina, Suzanne and A.Jay. He was a faithful Christian and was active as a longtime member in his church, St. Paul’s Lutheran, serving as church’s congregational chairman for many years and as a youth leader. He also served as a first responder with the Readlyn ambulance service and coached various sports at Community Lutheran. He was a member of the Bremer County board for the new law enforcement center. He was a huge fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Vikings and Twins, the Lakers basketball team before it moved to L.A. and anything playing on ESPN. He enjoyed a good sense of humor and solving the world’s problems in conversations with friends and playing golf.
Daryl is survived by his wife, Kathy; three children, Tina (Chris) Ristau of Denver, Iowa; Suzanne (Jonathan) Heseman Behnke of Urbandale, Iowa, and A.Jay (Anna) Behnke of Readlyn, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Leah, Chloe and Reeve Ristau, Jaymes Heseman, and Drea, Ari, Mira, Elis and Nola Behnke; a sister Lois Trebesch of Osseo, Minn., and twin sister Darlene Brandt of Mounds View, Minn.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carol Behnke; and his brothers-in-law Gill Brandt, Loren Otto and Bernie Trebesch.
His body was donated for research at the University of Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Readlyn First Responders, the Tripoli Nursing Home and Community Lutheran School. A private family memorial service will be held.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn is assisting the family. 319-279-3551