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1930 Donald 2012

Donald Verne Behl

January 16, 1930 — January 20, 2012

Pastor Daniel Flyger
Pianist ~ Pat Asche
Soloist ~ Wayne Mitchell
“How Great Thou Art”
“The Lord’s Prayer”
Congregational Hymns
“In the Garden”
“Because He Lives”
Keith Behl
Kyle Behl
Scott Nielsen
Ryan Tonneson
Logan Berthelson
Joshua LeBrun
Jessie Lapsley
Donald Verne Behl was born Thursday, January 16, 1930, on a -20 degree day on his grandfather Jim Mitchell’s farm located two miles north of Scotland. His parents were Daniel "Verne" and Mary "Dorothy" (Mitchell) Behl, and he grew up on their farm west of Scotland. He attended grade school at the Cass County School and graduated from Scotland High School in 1948.
Donald was united in marriage to Idella Elsie Fuerst on September 3, 1950. Following a honeymoon trip to the Black Hills, they purchased the Tom Voy farm where they lived for 45 years. To this union, they were blessed with six children: Sherry Lynne, Deborah Ann, Pamela Elaine, Franklin Michael, David Allen and Amy Beth.
He enjoyed the great outdoors, which included many hours spent farming, fishing and hunting. He served on the boards of the Scotland School, Scotland Co-op, and Scotland Creamery. Donald had a strong faith and served the Lord through teaching Sunday school, on the church council, and the Gideons.
In his retirement years, he enjoyed watching football and baseball games on TV, playing games and cards, and visits with his grandchildren.
Due to ill health, Don entered the Scotland Good Samaritan Center in June of 2011 and was grateful for the care he received there. Don died on Friday, January 20, 2012 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital following complications with pneumonia. He had achieved the age of 82 years and 4 days. 
Don's memory will be cherished by his wife of 61 years, Idella; six children: Sherry (Wayne) Petrik of Dell Rapids, Deborah Behl (Dr. Michael Stassen) of Sioux Falls, Pam (Jim) Tonneson of Sioux Falls, Frank (Linda) Behl of Scotland, David Behl of Scotland and Amy (Rob) Berthelson of Sioux Falls; twelve grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Louis (Dee) Behl of Parkston and Lawrence (Joyce) Behl of Aurora, Colorado; and one sister: Lorene (Eugene) Weidenbach of Scotland.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Verne and Dorothy Behl.
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