William Behnke

William Behnke

Monday, January 7th, 1924 Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

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Obituary for William A. Behnke

A memorial service for William A. Behnke, 96, of Willoughby, will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, January 23, for family members, at Willoughby United Methodist Church, 15 Public Square, Willoughby. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the service will be live streamed for others wishing to join the family in remembering Bill. (Live Stream Access:

Mr. Behnke died November 24, 2020, at Fairmount Center in Willoughby. He was born January 7, 1924 in Cleveland.

He was a member of Willoughby United Methodist Church since 1946.

Survivors are his wife, Jean Daniel Behnke; children, William Lee (Cheryl) Behnke of Concord Township, Deborah (Frank) Tolar of Willoughby, Mitchel Behnke of Munson and Mark (Patrice) Behnke of Willoughby; grandchildren, Lauren (Samuel) Kalb, Lesley (Joel) Herald, Daniel (Laura) Tolar, Brenton (Tori) Behnke, Sean and Christopher Behnke, Katherine and Matthew Behnke; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Austin Kalb, Ellie and Brooke Herald, Sadie and Oliver Tolar. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His first wife, Ginger (nee: Woolever) Behnke; parents, Walter and Constance (nee: Ireson) Behnke; brother, Theodore Behnke; and sister, Lolita Clayman, are deceased.

The Rev. Jerry Kalb will officiate at the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Heritage Club of Lake County YMCA, 933 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH 44077; or William A. Behnke Scholarship, c/o Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, 275 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43210; or Willoughby United Methodist Church Columbarium Fund.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 | 10:30am
    Willoughby United Methodist Church
    15 Public Square
    Willoughby, OH
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    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
    Rev. Gerald D. Kalb
  • Interment

    Willoughby UMC Columbarium
    Address not given

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R Thomas

Dear Behnke family,
Please accept our sympathy in the loss of Bill.

Having been Bill's business partner and friend for many years, I have known him to be a real gentleman, knowledgeable, creative, fair and always professional in his work and in his relationship with employees, clients, and associates.

It was a privilege to be a partner in the landscape architecture firm bearing his name that was responsible for many projects in the business, cultural, educational and residential communities throughout the city of Cleveland, the state of Ohio and beyond.

I know he is respected for his work and will be remembered for his many contributions.

Robert Thomas, ASLA, retired and Catherine Thomas
Comment | Posted at 09:24pm via Condolence

Karen Herald

Cheryl and Lee, Lesley and Joel, Ellie and Brooke, Lauren and Sam, Olivia and Austin, we are both so sorry for your loss. We will try to watch the Live Stream on the 23rd.
Comment | Posted at 08:59pm via Condolence

Linda Shuhi

Rest In Peace - Uncle Bill
Your service, your work and your integrity will be remembered. Thank you 💕
Comment | Posted at 04:58pm via Condolence

Linda Shuhi

My thoughts and prayers to Lee, Deb, Mitch, Mark and their families along with other extended family members and friends. 🙏
Posted at 05:01pm

Mary Lou Ford

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Comment | Posted at 04:55pm via Condolence

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of William A. Behnke, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, William A. Behnke, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
Comment | Posted at 10:33am via Condolence

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