Donald Behrens

    FREMONT – Donald G. Behrens, 87, of Fremont, passed away Friday, Oct. 11 at Shalimar Gardens assisted living in Fremont. He was born on Jan. 25, 1932 in Hay Springs to Joseph and Ruby (Olsen) Behrens. When he was 12 years old the family moved to a farm south of Leshara. He attended grade school in Leshara and graduated from Valley High School in 1950.

    He had a welding shop in Leshara before serving in the Army in Korea in 1952. After returning from the Army he married Mary L. Smith in Valley on Dec. 5, 1954. They lived in Leshara for 48 years and raised their family there.

    Don worked at Valmont Industries, retiring after 35 years. Don enjoyed welding, working on small engines, hunting, fishing and camping with friends and relatives.

    Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary; sons, Ron Behrens (Pat) of Omaha, Roger Behrens (Vicki) of New York; daughter, Rhonda Whitten (Steven) of Indiana; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

    Funeral service was Oct. 14 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont with the Rev. Scott Jensen officiating. Burial was at Pleasant View Cemetery south of Leshara.

    Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established in memory of Donald.

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