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“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Behnke family. Harlan touched many hearts and will always be remembered. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Bill & Ann (Ashauer) Heilman - WI

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Behnke family. Harlan touched many hearts and will always be remembered. ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Bill & Ann (Ashauer) Heilman - WI

“sorry to hear about Harland Louise.we always had a great time. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Garry Eisch - Spread Eagle

“Everyone who knew Harlan will definitely miss him. He had such a positive attitude and always looking for a way to help. My thoughts are with you. ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Judie & Clint Walker

“Our prayers go out to you and your family. God blessed & keep you strong. ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Randy & Donna Krippner - Hilbert, WI

“I remember coming over to the house back in high school to watch "WWE" Wrestling on paperview. Louise would make me a sandwhich (which would anger...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: NIC CAMPBELL - APPLETON, WI

“Louise, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. With sympothy,Kris Schroeder ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Louise, my sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Harlan. Karen Rohloff ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Louise & Family, Thinking of you all thru this difficult time. Harlan was a terrific guy and will be missed! You have so many wonderful memories to...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy Smith - Freedom, WI

“Louise and Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God keep you and your family in his loving arms to help...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Gene & Mary Savage - Kimberly, WI

“My heart goes out to the family of Harlan worked with him for a few years along with Danny at General Beer my prayers go out to the whole...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Dan Horejs - Apleton, WI

“Louise & Family,We are so sorry for your loss. Harlan was a great man and will be very much missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with your entire...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Fred & Nadine Sanders - Kimberly, WI

“To Harlan's Family, I worked with him at Walgreen's and you have my thoughts and Prayers. Harlan was a great practical joker and all around nice man....Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Kate Petermann - Oshkosh, WI

“Harlan was a great bus driver for us at St. Pete's daycare and our summer field trips. He had a smile wherever he went and left an imprint on all of...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: St. Peter Daycare The Staff

“So sorry to hear of your loss,our prayers go out to all the family.Ray and Linda Rickert ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“The Behnke FamilyI'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Harlan. I've always thought Harlan was a great guy and enjoyed my time working with him during...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Mike Krueger - Neenah, WI

“The Young Family shares in your loss. Harlan was the kind of guy everyone wishes they had for a Grandpa, those are Randy's words. We are sad with you...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Jayne Young - Hilbert, WI

“Louise & Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. We will remember him always, such a great man! So funny & great to sit & chat with! We had a great time...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Steve & Cindy Thompson - Appleton, WI

“Louise,So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Harlan was always a fun guy to have around at the...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Kevin and Rhonda Mesko - Neenah, WI

“Harlan was one of the nicest guys that I went to school with. I knew he would be a good man. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Barb Koch Moore - Little Rock, AR

“Louise & family we are so sad for your loss. Harlan was such a good friend. We will miss him. He covered bus routes for Tom so he could take me to...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Tom&Peggy Nolan - Hilbert, WI

“Wheezie there are no words at this time ... but know that you & yours are in mine & Lorens thoughts ~ the strength you & Harlan showed this past few...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: melissa & loren beyer - kimberly, WI

“Dear Laura and family, May your precious memories soothe your broken hearts and bring comfort to the days ahead. God bless your family. with...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Robbie Meyer


Harlan R. Behnke, age 61, of Hilbert, died on Friday, August 17, 2012 at his home. He was born June 6, 1951 in Chilton, son of the late Richard "Buddy" & Ida (Custer) Behnke. Harlan married Louise Koll on November 16, 1974 in Appleton. For 21 years, Harlan worked for LBJ Distribution from Little Chute; later in his life he also worked for Walgreens Homecare for 3 years, drove part time for Calumet County transportation service, and enjoyed his time driving pre-kindergarten children for the Hilbert School District. He was a member of Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church in Potter and had previously been a member of the Hilbert Lions Club. Harlan appreciated the gifts that God had provided him throughout his life. He appreciated numerous outdoor activities year round especially snowmobiling, four wheeling, and fishing with his grandchildren – the greatest 'fishing buddies' a guy could ask for. He loved his dogs, followed the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and spent many hours putzing in the garage fixing lawn mowers and snow blowers. Harlan was a wonderful family provider who cared deeply for those in his life. He always looked forward to social gatherings where he could enjoy the company of family and friends. Survivors include his wife: Louise; his children: Laura (Brad) Kees of Chilton, Dan (April) Behnke of Kaukauna; 3 grandchildren: Makenna & Griffin Kees, Maysen Behnke; 2 sisters and a brother: Charlene (Tom) Witzke of Tennessee, Larry (Carol) Behnke of Menasha, Cheryl (Mike) Hussar of Darboy; and a brother-in-law: Gred (Kathy) Koll of Appleton. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Harlan was preceded in death by his parents: Richard & Ida Behnke. Funeral service will be at 11:30 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church (181 Main St.) in Potter with the Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 am until 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Memorials are appreciated in the name of Harlan Behnke. Harlan's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mortara, Patty Martens, Dr. Cheng, Dr. Russo and staff, and to the Theda Care Hospice for all of their wonderful care.