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. He married Kathryn Emma Otto of Readlyn, Iowa, on June 19, 1971, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Klinger, Iowa.
He was a farmer, teacher, and an insurance and securities agent and financial advisor. He enjoyed golfing, sports and friends and family. He was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Readlyn, Iowa, serving as a Sunday School teacher and president of the church council.
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 and 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.
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