RAYMOND – Jerry Leigh Behnke, 66, beloved husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and friend, died of idiopathic interstitial lung fibrosis March 2, 2013, with his family by his side, while waiting for a lung transplant. He was born July 16, 1946, in Durand, Wis., to Harold and Ione Behnke.
He married Janet Holland Findlen, Oct. 7, 2005 and they moved to Raymond, in 2012. 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 a 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, Brunswick and Lewiston, for several years. He also had a lifelong interest in rocks and minerals, was the past president of Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society of Portland, and along with his wife, owned J.B. Stone, a rock and mineral business.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents; and 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; stepdaughter 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 great-nephews and three great-nieces.
Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Wilson Funeral Home, Shaker Road, Gray. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at New Gloucester Bible Church, Lewiston Road, Route 202, New Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Lung Association at www.lung.org/donation or Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at www.fallenheroesfund.org.