Jerry Leigh Behnke, 66
July 16, 1946 - March 2, 2013
RAYMOND -- Beloved husband, father, step-father, grandfather and friend, Jerry Leigh Behnke died from Idiopathic Interstitial Lung Fibrosis with his family by his side while waiting for a lung transplant. Jerry was 66.
He was born in Durand, Wis., to Harold and lone Behnke. He married Janet Holland Findlen on Oct. 7, 2005. They moved to Raymond in 2012.
Jerry was predeceased by both his parents; and his brother, Gary. He is survived by his wife Janet; daughter Alissa Behnke of Topsham; son and daughter- in-law, Adam and Coreena Behnke of Raymond; step-daughter and son-in-law, Freedom and Lawrence Grim of Hot Springs, Ark.; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Donald Rosenbrook of Platteville, Wis., sister-in-law Mary Behnke of Newhall, Calif.; two grandsons, two granddaughters; four nieces, two nephews; four grandnephews and three grandnieces.
Jerry had a wide variety of interests and experiences in his life. He was a Vietnam Veteran and proudly served aboard the USS Forrestal, and later served as a SERE instructor for the U.S. Navy
. Jerry retired as First Sergeant from the Army National Guard in 2002 after serving a total of 26 years in military service. He had a lifelong interest in coins and owned Compass Coins in Brunswick and Lewiston for several years. He also had a lifelong interest in rocks and minerals, was the Past-President of the Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society of Portland, and along with his wife, owned J.B. Stone, a rock and mineral business.
Visiting hours will be held at Wilson Funeral Home, Shaker Road, Gray, on Friday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m., at the New Gloucester Bible Church, Lewiston Road, (Route 202), New Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Lung
or to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, www.fallenheroesfund.org
Jerry Leigh Behnke