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Donald N. Behnke, Jr.

Obituary for Donald N. Behnke, Jr.

July 24, 1940 - June 28, 2019
Neshkoro, Wisconsin | Age 78


Donald (Don) N. Behnke Jr., 78 of Neshkoro, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 28 at Hospice Home of Hope, Fond du Lac with his family by his side. He was born July 24, 1940 to the late Donald and Caroline (Lifke) Behnke of Mayville, WI.

Don was united in marriage to Judy (Plansky) on April 8, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mayville.

Don graduated from Mayville High School in 1958. For many years he enjoyed a career as a carpenter. His talent allowed him to build the house where he raised his family and lived for 33 years in Burnett, WI. He was always happy to share his carpentry talent to help family and friends.

As a young man Don worked with his father in the bulk milk hauling business, Behnke Trucking. In 1977 Don purchased Behnke Trucking from his parents making it a third generation family business. He expanded the business to two quad axle milk trucks and eventually two quad axle dump trucks. He and his father happily served Wisconsin dairy farmers for over a century. In 1999 Don sold Behnke Trucking Inc. so he could enjoy retirement.

Don was a volunteer fire fighter for Burnett and an avid golfer. He loved taking his 1965 Mustang to car shows placing 1st many times. Don & Judy retired to their dream home in Neshkoro on Silver Springs Lake where they enjoyed giving family and friends rides on their pontoon. Don especially loved fishing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. During the winter months Don & Judy enjoyed the warmer temperatures in Sun City, AZ.
Don was a kind person and a great listener who was always willing to give his advice and lend a helping hand to his family and friends. He was well loved by everyone and will be sadly missed.

Don is survived by his wife, Judy of 58 years, four children: Jeff (Carrie) Behnke, Scott Behnke, Lisa Cole, Lori (Curt) Loeffler, 7 grandchildren: Emily, Preston, Joe (Keeley), Julia, Logan, Dylan, Jordan and 3 great-grandchildren: Ryder, Jaxton and Keanna. He is also survived by his sister Sharon (Bill) Mueller and brother Pobe (Barb) Behnke. He is further survived by six sister-in-laws Dorie (Don) Gourlie, Joan (Dennis) Hodgson, Elaine Schabel, Mary (Bob) Bonack and Peggy Streit: one brothers-in-law, Aurthur (Jean) Plansky, Bob Tagliapietra; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Art Plansky and Jeanette (Leander) Jurgensmier, sister-in-law Donna Tagliapietra, brothers-in law; John Streit and Norbert Schabel.

A celebration of life for Don will take place on Monday, July 8 at 12 noon at the Koepsell Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with the Rev. Fr. Tom Biersack presiding. Visitation will take place on Monday, July 8 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon at the funeral home in Beaver Dam.

Memorials may be directed to St. Agnes Hospice Home of Hope.

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