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Darwin "Bud"  Behl

February 22, 1921 — May 8, 2015

CLERGY
Rev. Tom Petersen
MUSIC
Organist ~ Glee Deutscher
Soloist ~ Barb Bloes
“On Eagle’s Wings”
Congregational Hymns
“How Great Thou Art”
“In The Garden”
ACTIVE CASKETBEARERS
Brian Jerke
Jason Jerke
Jared Bush
Michael Behl
Kevin Edelman
Mike Olson
Craig Hlavac
Cory Bierle
Brandon Kinzer
Kyle Pechous
HONORARY CASKETBEARERS
Melissa (Jerke) Olson
Lisa (Bush) Edelman
Stacy Auch
Erin (Auch) Pechous
Michelle (Behl) Hlavac
Jennifer (Behl) Bierle
Lindsay (Auch) Kinzer
Devon (Yack) Bush
Bud’s 18 Great-Grandchildren
Darwin “Bud” Behl was born on Tuesday, February 22, 1921 to George D. and Meredith (Carey) Behl in Scotland, South Dakota. He graduated from Scotland High School and went on to attend Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls. During WWII, Bud enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an Engineer. In his younger years, Bud gained invaluable experience in many trades as he worked for his father and grandfather. In 1945, he joined his father in community banking and worked for the past 70 years at Farmer’s and Merchants’ State Bank of Scotland. Bud was known for his generosity in banking, by helping financially-troubled families and farmers through his personal loan assistance. On June 9, 1946, Bud was united in marriage to Marilyn Brooks in a candlelight service at the United Methodist Church in Scotland.
Bud loved his community and participated in several local organizations. He served on the Board of Directors for Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital for 30 years, was the last charter member of the V.F.W., and was the Commander of the American Legion for several years. Bud saw the world pragmatically; he wasn’t anxious about the what-ifs or maybes but acknowledged the true nature of what was there and faced things head-on. Outside of work, he loved fishing, camping, and traveling with Marilyn and to spoil his beloved dogs. Bud was very family oriented, instilling in his children the importance of a strong work ethic and caring for Marilyn for many years.
Bud passed away on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital Avera in Scotland having attained the age of 94 years, 2 months, and 16 days.
Grateful for having shared Bud’s life are his children: Katherine “Kathy” Leonard Jerke of Madison, Donna (Victor) Bush of Olivet, Nancy (Larry) Auch of Scotland, and Dick (Peg) Behl of Scotland; 11 grandchildren: Melissa, Jason, Brian, Lisa, Jared, Stacy, Erin, Lindsay, Michelle, Jennifer, and Michael; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Marilyn in 2012, his parents, grandson Brian Jerke, and sister Ina B. Johnson.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

United Methodist Church, Scotland

711 3rd St, Scotland, SD 57059

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